Full English (TV series)

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Full English
Full English.png
Full English logo with family members Eve, Dusty, Edgar, Wendy, Jason, Ken, and Ken's imaginary friend Squidge
Genre Comedy
Satire
Created by Jack Williams
Harry Williams
Alex Scarfe
Voices of Daisy Haggard
Kayvan Novak
Richard Ayoade
Rosie Cavaliero
Oliver Maltman
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6 (1 unaired)
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Release
Original network Channel 4
Picture format HD: 16:9, 720p
Original release 12 November (2012-11-12) – 17 December 2012 (2012-12-17)
External links
Official website

Full English is a British animated sitcom created by Jack Williams, Harry Williams and Alex Scarfe for Channel 4. The programme is produced by Two Brothers Pictures. It parodies and satirises various popular entertainment personalities in the United Kingdom,.[1]

Full English first aired on 12 November 2012, with the first series ending abruptly on 10 December 2012 after the final episode, due to air on 17 December 2012, was pulled from the schedules.[2] The show has been cancelled according to the official Facebook page.[3]

Background

Full English is set in the heart of British suburbia.

Edgar, a put upon wage slave, works for his self-obsessed, borderline-evil father-in-law Ken Lavender. Married to houseproud wife Wendy, they are parents to three very different children, man-child Dusty, amiable and dimwitted Jason and 'Emo' Eve.

Created, produced and written by brothers Harry & Jack Williams, the show is made using hand-drawn animation, with all the characters and sets created by the artist Alex Scarfe – each frame is individually drawn before being scanned into a computer, which gives it a realistic depth. This work is done by Rough Draft Studios (the company behind Futurama and The Simpsons Movie).[4]

Main characters

Edgar Johnson

Voiced by : Richard Ayoade

Edgar Johnson is the patriarch of the Johnson family, husband to Wendy and father to Dusty, Jason and Eve. He is a nerdy, bespectacled man in his late-40's [5] who is a coward and runs away in the first signs of conflict or danger. He is shy and often sexually frustrated. Edgar is employed by his father-in-law, Ken, at his confectionery company Sweet Lavender, even though Ken believes his daughter, Wendy, is too good for him.

Wendy Johnson

Voiced by : Rosie Cavaliero

Wendy Johnson is the wife of Edgar and the mother of Dusty, Jason and Eve, a housewife in her mid-40's who tires of minding after her family, as she is often the only one capable of doing so. She's not unhappy with her homelife, it just leaves her feeling unfulfilled. Wendy is the apple of her father, Ken's, eye.

Dusty Johnson

Voiced by : Kayvan Novak

Dusty is the eldest son of the family, a lazy, obese manchild who still lives at home with his parents, to their despair. He is imaginative and not unintelligent but dimwitted, lisping and overly optimistic about his own ideas. The rest of the family is content to leave him to his own fantasy world. In episode 4 it was revealed Dusty is 30 years old, despite his age being stated as 28 on the Channel 4 website[5] as well as shown on episode 3.

Jason Johnson

Voiced by : Kayvan Novak

Jason, the 17-year-old middle child, is an amiable, jockular lad, generally kind but stupid. In episode 2, it was hinted that he could be gay.

Eve Johnson

Voiced by : Daisy Haggard

Evelyn "Eve" Johnson is the youngest of the Johnson children. She is 14 years old, fat and an emo (or a Goth, it's unclear) who struggles with her diet and social life. She is moody, surly and monosyllabic towards her family, but shows a fanciful and romantic side in other contexts. She is also the lead vocalist of a punk band, Bloodmonkey.

Ken Lavender

Voiced by : Oliver Maltman

Kenton "Ken" Lavender is the egotistical ageing lothario and self-made millionaire owner of Sweet Lavender confectionery company, as well as the father of Wendy Johnson. He's lived a full and exciting life and doesn't care who he 'screws over' on his way to the top. He loves his daughter dearly but despises her hapless husband, Edgar.

Squidge

Voiced by : Kayvan Novak

Squidge is a huge, green balloon-like creature, and purely a figment of Ken's imagination. His squeaking voice masks a wildly amoral nature, and he often eggs Ken on to do terrible things; the official website suggests that Squidge could be a manifestation of Ken's evil side.[5]

  • Various other characters in the show are voiced by series regulars: Simon Greenall, Lucy Montgomery and Darren Boyd.

Series 1 (2012)

Each episode begins with the following message: This programme is a humorous work of fiction and the characters and events portrayed in it, even those based on real people, are also entirely fictitious.

# Episode Writer Director Original airdate Viewing Figures
1 "Britain's Got Bloodmonkey" Jack Williams & Harry Williams Dwayne Carey-Hill 12 November 2012 (2012-11-12) 0.71 million [6]

Eve decides to enter her band, Bloodmonkey, into Britain's Got Talent. They're not very good. But thanks to a misunderstanding, Simon Cowell thinks her parents are dead, and the sympathy vote looks like it might propel her all the way to the final (where she'll be up against an asthmatic girl in a wheelchair who plays the violin). Meanwhile, Edgar and Wendy go away for their anniversary, but unknown to them their eldest son Dusty has stowed away as a surprise. And Ken attempts to rekindle an old romance with Her Majesty the Queen – invoking the jealousy of Squidge.

Spoofs: Skins, Britain's Got Talent, Simon Cowell, Jeremy Kyle, Ant and Dec, Adolf Hitler, Queen Elizabeth II, Stephen Fry, Gregg Wallace, Geordie Shore
2 "Mangina" Jack Williams & Harry Williams Richard Bazley 19 November 2012 (2012-11-19) -

Edgar shows his true colours by running away and leaving his family for dead during a break-in at the house. Their neighbour Johannes, who has a lust for Wendy, saves the day. Shamed, Edgar resolves to man up and goes to his local gym, but decides taking steroids will be quicker and easier. Meanwhile Jason goes travelling in Thailand to find himself and meets someone who looks exactly like him. And Eve accidentally summons the spirits of two great women to guide her with a Ouija board.

Spoofs: Paralympic Games, London Underground, Jade Goody, Princess Diana, Charlie Brooker, Bear Grylls, Top Gear, Virgin Mary
3 "Dusty and the Real Girl" Jack Williams & Harry Williams Ira Sherak 26 November 2012 (2012-11-26) -

Dusty surprises the family by bringing home a girl. An inflatable one. Wendy decides he needs a girlfriend so she hires him an escort – without exactly realising what that word really means. Meanwhile, Eve overdoses on chocolate during a tour of Ken's confectionery factory. Ken has a crisis of conscience about manufacturing food that makes people fat and contemplates selling up to his arch-nemesis and occasional squash partner Richard Branson. And tiny aliens plan to take over the Earth.

Spoofs: Channel 4 Documentaries, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Match.com, James Cameron, Avatar, WeightWatchers, Richard Branson, Britain's Next Top Model, Snoop Dogg, James Blunt, Michael McIntyre, Nigella Lawson, Danni Minogue
4 "Bank to the Future" TBA TBA 3 December 2012 (2012-12-03) -

Edgar decides it's time for his eldest son Dusty to finally make something of himself, but he's horrified when Dusty lands a job as a banker. Dusty does a brilliant job and is applauded for taking thoughtless risks with large amounts of money including his most daring scheme – gambling the entire country's economy by flipping a coin. Meanwhile Jamie Oliver comes back from the future and his latest crusade is helping kids pass their exams one by one.

Spoofs:
5 "Edgar, Interrupted" TBA TBA 10 December 2012 (2012-12-10) -

After getting slightly annoyed at work, Edgar is committed to a mental home by Ken. To Edgar's surprise, the place is full of men who are hiding out from their demanding families, and he decides he quite likes it there. Until he realises the place isn't quite what it seems... Meanwhile, Dusty is bitten by a squirrel and decides this has given him superpowers. He starts fighting crime dressed as 'Squirrelman'. And at home, Jason tries to fill Edgar's shoes as the man of the house.

Spoofs:
6 "My Big Fat Gypsy Knightmare" TBA TBA Unaired -

Eve is worried that she'll become boring and suburban like her parents, so when she meets a gypsy boy it's the perfect opportunity to rebel – and the two of them decide to get married. Her parents don't object as much as they might, though. Wendy's found an old bucket list, and they're working their way through it to prove they're still young at heart. And Ken is offered a knighthood – but will Sir Richard Branson allow it?

Spoofs:

Full English adventure game

A free Flash adventure game was released to promote the show. Developed by Leamington Spa digital agency fish in a bottle, it is a multi-chapter game that is meant to introduce the characters, and features the full voice cast from the show.[7]

The game received positive reviews, with Mike Rose of review site Gamezebo stating, "Full English may be a simply point-and-clicker, but it's good fun and the parodies are often delicious."[8]

Reception

Full English was almost universally panned by critics,[9] most pointing out the show's poor attempt to emulate American adult animated shows, notably the uncanny character resemblances to Family Guy, as well as the poor art designs of the characters in general. Ian Hyland of The Daily Mail wrote: "it's rather apt that they've called it Full English. Because Family Guy and American Dad! would have it for breakfast.",[10] while on the character designs, Harry Venning of The Stage wrote: "The animation is flat and uninteresting, while the characters' faces are ugly and unappealing."[11]

More positive reviews came from Sam Wollaston of The Guardian, who wrote "I think it's hilarious."[12] and The Metro describing Full English as: "It's rough around the edges but it does have the requisite dysfunctional family at its filthy heart".[13]

References

  1. ^ "Simon Towel". The Sun. 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  2. ^ "Channel 4 shelves final episode of Full English". British Comedy Guide. 2012-12-17. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  3. ^ https://www.facebook.com/fullenglishtvshow/posts/492348354147052
  4. ^ Full English on Channel 4 - TV Highlights - GQ.COM (UK)
  5. ^ a b c Full English - Character Profiles - Characters - Channel 4
  6. ^ Full English - Episode 1.1. Britain's Got Bloodmonkey - British Comedy Guide
  7. ^ "Channel 4 announces Full English: The Game in collaboration with fish in a bottle and Two Brothers Pictures". The Drum. 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  8. ^ Rose, Mike. "Full English Review". 
  9. ^ Full English - Reviews and Press Articles - British Comedy Guide
  10. ^ I'm A Celebrity 2012 reviewed by Ian Hyland: Where MPs fear to tread | Mail Online
  11. ^ TV review: Full English; Nation’s Best Am Dram - TV & radio reviews - The Stage
  12. ^ TV review: Dispatches: Chinese Murder Mystery; Full English | Television & radio | The Guardian
  13. ^ Full English, Chinese Murder Mystery, and Coronation Street: TV picks | Metro News

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