I know Chris O'Dowd is fairly popular around here, so I figured people would be interested in this, even people who don't typically watch a lot of British comedies. He has created and cowritten a new sitcom called "Moone Boy" which is currently airing on the British satellite channel Sky 1 (same place the Ronna and Beverly TV show is airing). 3 episodes have aired so far, and it's really one of the best TV shows of any type I've seen in a long time. It is very warm and charming and reminiscent of "A Christmas Story" and the work of Jean Shepherd. At the same time, O'Dowd is obviously a very talented comedic writer in his own right and has stuffed the show full of lots of funny jokes and storylines.
The series is semi-autobiographical and focuses on a young boy's life growing up in Ireland in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Sean (O'Dowd) is the imaginary friend of 12-year-old Martin Moone, the youngest child of a family living in a small town in Ireland. Martin has a unique perspective on life aided by his imaginary friend. His imagination comes into play both in his childish drawings, which come alive through animation, and in the ridiculous schemes he comes up with, against Sean's better judgement. With Sean's help, Martin negotiates life as the youngest in a chaotic, scatter-brained family.
The series is produced by Steve Coogan's Baby Cow Productions and Coogan appears in a fairly substantial role in the second episode as Francie "Touchie" Feeley, an overly affectionate fish market owner. There is also a funny cameo in the third episode by Jessica Stevenson from "Spaced".
For those that aren't technologically savvy enough to mess around with torrents, someone has put all 3 episodes on Youtube. No idea how long these are going to last on there, so enjoy them while you can.
Edit: Managed to find Episode 1 again, I'll look for new links for the others
Last edited by BillBrasky; September 30, 2012 at 3:34 PM.
Watched the first two episodes this evening. You're right - it's in the same ballpark as Christmas Story and it's charming. Charming is not a word I use often to describe things I like but it really fits in this case. Worth watching!
Last edited by perdothegit; September 24, 2012 at 9:18 PM.
The fourth episode of this was a little more low-key but still really good. It also featured a joke about U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" ("Oh, I love that song.....I hate bloody Sundays!") which is taken directly from an "I'm Alan Partridge" episode, but still very funny