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The Mighty Boosh

ByFrances Roe

Nov 4, 2014

If you are not already feeling weird enough from the sleep deprivation and the intense effort spent trying to squeeze intelligent thoughts from your brain to your uni work then The Mighty Boosh is for you.

Given life in 2003, The Mighty Boosh is the brain-child of Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt. It is difficult to describe, but is an amalgamation of weird stories about the life of two zookeepers: the eccentric Vince Noir (Noel Fielding) and the jazz-loving Howard Moon (Julian Barratt), alongside catchy songs and raps that have become cult classics. Songs include ‘Do You Love Me?’, from Season 2’s The Legend of Old Greg. Even if you don’t watch the show, the songs are still so surreal and amazing that they are worth a listen, if only for the experience. The Boosh is avaliable on Netflix, episodes I would recommend if you don’t have time to go through the whole ouvre are Season 1’s Mutants, Tundra, Charlie and Hitcher. Within Season 2 my personal favourites are: Nannageddon, The Legend of Old Greg and The Nightmare of Milky Joe.  Season 3’s classics are Eels, Journey to the Centre of Punk and The Strange Tale of the Crack Fox.

Every episode is a classic, with quotable moments and memorable songs galore. The surrealism of the show can sometimes be terrifying; the Crack Fox is extremely disconcerting, as is the Hitcher, who spouts Halloween appropriate lines like ‘I’m a cockney geezer, now watch me bleed ya’. The show is made even more fantastic and mind-boggling by the supporting cast and characters, many of whom are played by Fielding and Barratt. Bob Fossil (Rich Fulcher), the manager of the zoo, is great, as is Dixon Bainbridge, played by Matt Berry (The IT Crowd). If you are after a bit of major escapism then The Mighty Boosh is the perfect candidate. Hilarious, weird and slightly terrifying, it will revitalise you for the long stretch of time in between now and Christmas.

By Frances Roe

Frances Roe is a 4th year English Literature student and Editor of the TV & Radio section.

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