Gimme, Gimme, Gimme; starring the wonderful duo of Kathy Burke and James Dreyfus is one of the most original comedies to start off the millennium. Originally debuting in January 1999, the show caused much controversy from the very beginning for its crude language, constant innuendos and the stereotypical depiction of homosexuality with Dreyfus' character of Tom Farrell. Because of the controversy surrounding it, you would be forgiven for thinking that this wouldn't last longer than the first series, but this show became a massive success winning numerous comedy awards.
The premise of the show focuses around two unlikely flatmates, Tom and Linda. Tom is an untalented aspiring actor condemned to being an extra in soaps and adverts, whilst Linda is an aggressive, man hungry idiot with no ambition whatsoever. Throughout the series we become associated with their neighbours, Jez & Suze and their landlord Beryl. It features a number of spontaneous laugh out loud moments during episodes such as Tom getting married and Linda constantly trying to steal Jez from Suze.
There are some spectacular situations which make the show wholly enjoyable, but if you're easily offended then this isn't really for you. There are times when even I think they take it too far especially involving the anecdotal segments when Linda is talking about her childhood which imply that she had a life of child abuse and even hints at more dark humour in relation to said abuse, but I wont go into that. As much as I think everything is fair game for comedy, there is still a limit and trying to make a joke of child abuse just isn't right.
When the show first started, it was fresh and exciting which was the key to its success, but close to the end of its run I felt like the show was reaching for cheap laughs with even more stereotypical characters brought in, and childish jokes that ended with a ferocious use of swearing to get a cheap shock laugh. This is where it falls short of being a great to remember for years to come and although the repeats on TV do still give me a decent laugh, I can't possibly think of placing it in the same league as the great British comedies such as Fawlty Towers.
The best part about this is its utilisation of celebrity guests, most favourably the episode featuring Su Pollard as the Linda look-a-like, singing teacher of Tom, Heidi Honeycombe. This particular episode presents some superb one liners in particular the inclusion of the pun where Linda says "Heidi Hi!" as a nod to the sitcom that made Su Pollard famous. Overall it is still a superb series and although it does start to falter as it reaches the end of its tenure, it still presents some hearty chuckles which I think makes it deserving to be a part of anyone's DVD collection.