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Friday, 6 September, 2002, 10:41 GMT 11:41 UK
Celeb rocks on and on
Celeb
Harry Enfield plays an ageing rocker

Ozzy Osbourne allegedly tried to get this new Harry Enfield sitcom stopped because he believes it to be based on him and his reality TV show The Osbournes.

If that is true, his reasoning was flawed but you will applaud the attempt.

From the moment it starts, you know Celeb simply is not going to work: it is the kind of comedy where you immediately see the one joke and do not find it funny.

Based on the long-running comic strip in Private Eye, Celeb is a labour of love for Harry Enfield who says he has spent some years writing the script.

Amanda Holden
Amanda Holden is impressive as the rock star wife
Drug-hazed

Enfield plays Gary Bloke, a millionaire rock star who is trying to continue his fuzzy, drug-hazed celebrity lifestyle despite heading into his 50s.

Gary is married to Debs, the sensible - at least compared to Gary - woman who controls and organises his life.

Amanda Holden is good as Debs and Enfield sometimes looks like Mick Jagger but it is sketch show acting, and lacks the depth of character that is needed when the comedy lasts longer than a minute.

At one point Gary impersonates Michael Caine but it is not Gary doing it, it is Enfield: Gary Bloke is not supposed to be aware he is doing it.

The whole show feels like a single overlong sketch and it drags because most scenes follow the same idea over and over - Gary is rich, Gary is a bit stupid, Debs bribes him with sex, their butler is superior.

Yes, it really does have a know-all butler character - that is the degree of originality in this show.

And oddly, while it feels over-long, the ending comes as an abrupt surprise. You feel the show has not done anything yet.

Celeb is on BBC One on Friday at 2100 BST

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