Annually Retentive

Annually Retentive

Annually Retentive is a BBC3 show about the making of a TV panel show...

You get to see bits of a deliberately lame panel show where all the rounds have been lifted from existing shows but you also get to see behind the scenes. It stars Rob Brydon as... um, Rob Brydon. The best thing for me was that I could watch it each week without knowing what was going to happen.

I played one of the team captains (with Jane Moore as my oppo) but we were rarely aware of the back story that informed any given episode. The scenes with Rob and the guest booker (Sharon Horgan) made me laugh every time in series one as did the homoerotic tension between Rob and the producer (Russell Tovey) in series two. There have been two series in 2006 and 2007.

There's more information about the show on the BBC site, here.

The first series is available on DVD here