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Lee Nelson's Well Good Show

Lee Nelson's Well Good Show
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Genre Sketch show, Stand-up comedy
Written by Simon Brodkin
Directed by Peter Orton
Presented by Simon Brodkin
Starring Terry Noble
Kathy Berry
Ben Willbond
Theme music composer Dizzee Rascal – "Flex" (instrumental)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 15
Production
Executive producer(s) Richard Allen-Turner
Jonn Thoday
Producer(s) Spencer Millman
Editor(s) Graham Barker
Running time 30 minutes
Production companies Avalon Television
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Three
Original run 10 June 2010 (2010-06-10) – 13 October 2011 (2011-10-13)
Chronology
Related shows Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder
Lee Nelson's Well Funny People
External links
Website
Production website

Lee Nelson's Well Good Show is a British comedy sketch show, written and presented by Simon Brodkin,[1] and produced by Avalon Television for BBC Three. It features Brodkin hosting a studio based show as his comedy character Lee Nelson, a happy-go-lucky chav, and also features television sketches of Brodkin's other comedy characters.

Production

The BBC commissioned the show in 2009.[2][3] Written by Brodkin it was produced by Avalon Television.[2][3][4]

Cast

  • Lee Nelson, Dr. Bob, Jason Bent & Chris Young - Simon Brodkin[1]
  • Omelette - Terry Noble[1]
  • Nan - Kathy Berry[1]

Characters and sketches

The programme consists of Brodkin (in character as Nelson throughout) hosting a studio show before an audience, which includes audience interaction, games (which contain unusual prizes, such as a pair of sunglasses, a victory belt and a tree), and features involving the characters Omelette, and Nelson's nan.[5] The programme also includes inserted recorded sketches featuring three other characters also portrayed by Brodkin: due to time limitations, in some episodes only two insert sketches would feature, though in others all three would appear. The insert sketches are:

  • 110% Bent, a spoof of fly-on-the-wall celebrity documentaries featuring Brodkin as Premiership footballer Jason Bent, who was briefly a Manchester city player;
  • Hospital Life, a parody of daytime medical documentaries, featuring Brodkin as the insensitive 'Dr. Bob';
  • Faliraki Nights, a spoof of late-evening 'nightlife' documentaries. This features Brodkin as holiday rep Chris Young, and includes narration by former BBC Three continuity announcer Lola Buckley (who also voices the introduction to 110% Bent)

Some of the characters have appeared previously in Brodkin's earlier TV work: sketches featuring the Jason Bent character appeared in Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder, an Avalon production first broadcast on ITV1 in 2009; these featured Murray as a sports reporter conducting post-match interviews with Bent. The same Al Murray series also featured the Lee Nelson character in a run of comic monologues. In 2008, the Dr. Bob character had appeared (as 'Dr. Omprakash') in BBC Three comedy showcase series The Wall.

Reception

Despite popular appeal, the show has received mainly negative reviews from critics. Liam Tucker of TV Pixie writes, 'Lee Nelson's Well Good Show is less ‘well good’ and more a pile of irredeemable crap littered with witless demi-jokes, all limping along on the questionable talent of Simon Brodkin. Presumably someone at BBC Three saw that he looks a little like Kevin Bishop, noticed that Ali G hasn’t been around for the best part of a decade and calculated success on that shaky basis.'[6] Stuart Heritage of The Guardian remarks in an article concerning the justification behind Television Show names that 'BBC3's Lee Nelson's Well Good Show suffers from the fact that it's almost the exact scientific opposite of well good.' Many people would say that Lee Nelson's Well Good Show is not so much a 'well good show', but rather an unwatchable half hour of despair. Despite this it managed to pull in viewers and earnt him a second show, Lee Nelson's Well Funny People.

DVD release

A DVD was released on 22 August 2011 entitled The Complete Series 1. "Lee Nelson Live" was also released on 19 November 2012 featuring a live stand-up routine from Lee Nelson's live 2012 stand-up tour.

Transmissions

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 10 June 2010 22 July 2010 7
2 25 August 2011 13 October 2011 8

Ratings

Series 1

# Airdate Total viewers Audience share
1 10 June 2010 501,000[7] 3%
2 17 June 2010 521,000 N/A
3 24 June 2010 N/A N/A
4 1 July 2010 711,000[8] 4.4%
5 8 July 2010 612,000[9] 5%
6 15 July 2010 N/A N/A
7 22 July 2010 N/A N/A

Series 2

# Airdate Total viewers Audience share
1 25 August 2011 602,000[10] 3.6%
2 1 September 2011 462,000[11] 2.7%
3 8 September 2011 416,000[12] 2.6%
4 15 September 2011 530,000[13] 3.5%
5 22 September 2011 523,000[14] 3.5%
6 29 September 2011 434,000[15] 2.8%
7 6 October 2011 491,000[16] 3.3%
8 13 October 2011 486,000[17] 3.1%

References

External links

  • BBC Programmes
  • Avalon Television
  • British Comedy Guide
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com
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