New to E4, is the latest comedy programme with all the hype about it – Beaver Falls focuses mainly around three university friends, Flynn (Sam Robertson), A-Rab (Arsher Ali) & Barry (John Dagleish) who, after having graduated, decide to go for one more crazy Summer, partying away. However, they manage to do this through enrolling for jobs at an American Summer camp, Beaver Falls. Once they arrive, they realise it wasn’t exactly what they were expecting; there were plenty of hot girls, but their requirement of having to be responsible adults gets in their way of just wanting to have fun.
As soon as I started watching, it seemed like a typical comedy. Stuff that had already been done, like in The Inbetweeners; and to an extent, is does involve this a fair bit, typical teenager-style comedy, which we’ve witnessed so many times that it unfortunately becomes predictable and old. Even so, this programmes still manages to have its funny moments.
One thing I particularly liked, which I wasn’t expecting, is that there is actually a background story to each of the characters; and these storylines actually seem interesting – so much so, that I would want to watch on to find out more about them. Although it mostly isn’t the ‘laugh out loud’ comedy I was expecting, I still find it entertaining to watch from a comical aspect, and the added storylines for each of the characters only makes it more enjoyable.
I also enjoyed how each character appears to have their own uniqueness to them. Sure, they all share the same characteristics, in that their aim is to party, get girls, and well, basically do everything they were told they’re not allowed to do at this camp; but look past this, and you see there is more to each character than meets the eye. Right from the first episode, all three of the main characters each meet a different girl, and each manage to build an interesting relationship with each, though not necessarily a positive relationship. And I think it will be interesting to see how these relationships progress throughout each episode.
The main aspect which caught me off guard was that, contrary to what I was expecting, there is definitely an emotional aspect to the programme, particularly, with each of the characters. They all seem to be carrying some problems on their shoulders from back home in England, and it seems these problems are still affecting them. However, despite a failed attempt at first, they seem determined to actually care for the children at the camp, and it would seem they will try to deal with these problems throughout the rest of the series.
Although it wasn’t as funny as I was expecting, nor was it the type of comedy I was really expecting, Beaver Falls looks promising. With a good combination of emotion, humour that isn’t necessarily laugh-out-loud, though can be at times, and storylines which actually seem quite interesting for a programme about partying and getting girls, I think this is one which seems like it could end well, and is worth watching. I felt myself feeling convinced by the of the programme that I will enjoy the next episode.
Beaver Falls is on every Wednesday at 9pm on E4. Give it a watch and see what you think.
By Manpreet Singh
- Beaver Falls – E4, 9pm (mirror.co.uk)
- TV highlights 27/07/2011: Olympics 2012: One Year to Go | Harold Baim’s Britain on Film | Beaver Falls | 24 Hours in A&E | The Code | Sons of Anarchy (guardian.co.uk)
‘Once again Tom…he’s in a losing team, however he has brilliant ideas, he’s an inventor, that’s what I need’
‘Tom, I don’t want to see you in the boardroom again’
‘Tom, I feel every time your in this boardroom, you always know when a task is going wrong but you never fix it, am I right?’
Just a few memorized quotes there about Tom Pellereau from this series of The Apprentice. And what strikes me more is that I heard these kind of comments 9 out of the 12 weeks. Tom, the record holder for losing tasks, ultimately became Sir Alan Sugar’s business partner. No-one has ever lost that many tasks and then got to here the famous words ‘your hired’. Because on the ‘old format’ or whatever they like to call it, it was about selling and the ability to lead a team. On the ‘NEW’ format it was about showing the ability of creating a business. If that is the case then, why did they give the candidates tasks that required to sell more than creating a business model. Creating an idea, branding, marketing were a few key themes in the series that matched the new format. Tom however never really excelled on any task, don’t get me wrong, his inventing abilities is next to none but when it came to bring the idea to existence, he was terrible.
And that brings me to the semi-final, where Helen Milligan and Tom were on a team. Now if it wasn’t for Helen then Tom would of never made it to the final. And before we even discuss creativity, Helen thought of the pies, created the business model, got everything organised and made sure the brand was ‘fast food’. Tom on the other hand created the brand name by simply misreading a word on a advert after recently admitting he’s dyslexic. The brand MyPy, got them straight through to the final.
Now onto the final, apart from Jim Eastwood I liked the other three candidates, I thought Susan Maa was abit full on at times, and I don’t think she had a chance of winning tonight, in which she didn’t however she will be successful with out Lord Sugar. Going into the final Helen was my favourite candidate out of the whole show, because she showed consistency. I do feel however she was harshly done to in the ‘Interviews from hell’ which took her out of her comfort zone. After the interviews it was concluded in the boardroom (which sounded like a bunch of friends having a laugh) that Helen didn’t have the kind of entrepreneurial flair..Really? Are we forgetting when she broke the board room record in week 8 when she sealed a deal with a company for €214, 000 worth of car seats. And then a week later managed the team in securing 800 thousand units of Star biscuits? And then the board room tried making out like Susan had better business skills than her. Jim was ripped apart from the start, deservedly and was also the first to be booted from the final, his interview moments where Margaret made him look like a fool about cliches was absolutely comedy. Never have I felt so happy about a candidate getting fired, he was so close in become the next ‘Baggs brand’.
Tom also got criticized from the interviews and in the board room but the usual comments kept coming up. ‘He’s an inventor’. And it’s that comment that has silently irritated me from the start of the show because I was led to believe it was about been able to start a business, not just inventing things. Anyone with the right amount of money and expertise can invent and create a business. Sir Alan made out like he was the next Albert Einstein, however Tom did do that dodgy eye shift movement like he was calculating space and time around him.
So my theory is, I believe Sir Alan wanted Tom to be the winner right from the early stages as soon as he realised he’s can invent random things from the top of his head. And in a way I feel robbed, because I absolutely loved this series from start to finish and I had a hunch that Lord Sugar was trying his hardest not to sack him from the middle of the show. Even when he declared that he didn’t want to see ‘Tom in the boardroom again’. Tom returned to the boardroom and still survived. It felt like losing a task on the show had no damaging effect if you got far or not which surely defeats the whole point.
It’s only a theory though, maybe Tom was a rightful winner but something doesn’t add up. The mention ‘he’s an inventor’ every week eventually got drilled into my head, it was like the show was trying to sell you the idea that this guy is the worthy winner. It didn’t work though because in the after show even the panel agreed that Helen would of won hands down in different circumstances.
So that’s the end of a very successful series 7, and I cannot wait for the next series already.
‘Stop guys, were not making any money here’ – Helen Milligan. –A quote that would of made more sense, if Tom said it.
By Daniel Hart.
- Can a nice guy really be top dog in The Apprentice? (independent.co.uk)
- The Apprentice: Helen still the Special Star as Bix Mix gets nixed (slouchingtowardsthatcham.com)
- The Apprentice: Fast food – as easy as pie or chilli con carnage? (slouchingtowardsthatcham.com)
- The Apprentice 2011: the best and the worst of series seven (guardian.co.uk)
After 11 compelling weeks the candidates have been whittled down to 4, and what an interesting series this one has become. This is the first ever series where the winner of show doesn’t actually get employed by Sir Alan Sugar but actually gives them the opportunity to make a business with him. A concept I agree with because it means the candidates didn’t just get judged on selling skills alone.
Can I just start by saying I bloody hope Jim Eastwood does not win, if there is ever an arse licker then he is one, he defines it and has got through week by week by small talk situations. Luckily for him Sir Alan likes talkers so he has managed to scrape through awkward situations in the board room.
With Susan Ma I feel sorry for her, because with two or three more years experience on her then she would of done so much better in this process on the tasks, she really is a mouse whisperer in the wind and luckily for her she has grown strong as the competition has gone on and Sir Alan has seen some potential somewhere.
Tom Pellereau has being like a genius gone mad in this series, his ideas are sometimes near perfect but his ability to convert ideas into an actual business model is quite poor unless he is working with a good team however Sir Alan has had plenty of opportunities to get rid of him in this process and he has each time given him a chance. So maybe he sees something in him that I don’t.
And finally my favourite Helen Louise Milligan, the cool and collective business woman that has managed to break records in a couple of tasks by making alot of profit, she should win by performance in tasks over all but let’s see how the final goes with the interviews. Her semi final performance was brilliant.
If you are like me you are probably excited for the final tonight. The interview task has always been the most intense one, and I can’t imagine what it will be like in a final.
By Daniel Hart
- The Apprentice: Fast food – as easy as pie or chilli con carnage? (slouchingtowardsthatcham.com)
- Hard grafting is more inspirational than money for SMES (premierlinedirect.co.uk)
- Record numbers to see Apprentice climax (guardian.co.uk)
- We Love Telly podcast: The Apprentice final special (mirror.co.uk)
- Four battle to be The Apprentice (bbc.co.uk)