jam – postmodern dystopic British comedy television series



Someone sent this to me via Amazon.com UK. I don’t know who sent it to me, but I shout out thanks. …I think. Very odd, disturbing sort of examination of human fears within the context of our modern society. When I noted that Julia Davis, of NIGHTY NIGHT fame, was a major player in the show I knew it would be sick and twisted. However, I was not quite prepared for just how twisted and sick it would be. It is oddly hypnotic. Sort of like if David Lynch and Aphex Twin decided to merge talent forces and try their hand at comedy.

Kevin Eldon in a strange moment from JAM

Kevin Eldon in a strange moment from JAM

Much of the show is quite funny, but filmed/edited and performed in a way that twists the humor round turns to the inappropriate, uncomfortable and odd. It almost has the feel of an art installation piece. My understanding is that JAM was created by Chris Morris — as a radio program — and, when, he and the actors put it to film — much of the radio show’s audio was used as the soundtrack to the TV show — so, at times, the actors are lip syncing to their voices from the radio skits — resulting in a rather surreal feel to what one is seeing.

Here is a clip of one of the more comical moments, but it gives you the general idea of the style of it.

…It’s a long way from your standard TV show. I think I might love it.

September 17, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Uncategorized.


  1. brandnewwoo replied:

    that was enjoyable!! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Paragraph Film Reviews replied:

    The baby an the pipes… that will never leave my brain as long as I live!

  3. matty03 replied:

    Paragraph! Yes! That is a most disturbing – and yet quite funny moment in the series. For me — it is the doctor who thinks he’s discovered a new form of coma.

    …my deepest fears — doctors who kill instead of heal! …and, yet, it made me laugh.

    I fear I’m a bit sick & twisted.

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