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Mould & Arrowsmith In 3D

Note: This review is from 2010

Review by Julia Chamberlain

My goodness this is a fun show. Witty, geeky and engrossing, both performers have the looks and positive energy of CBBC presenters (indeed, Mould is a Blue Peter regular) but are much cooler and more dignified. 

Never before has the Mac versus PC debate been even vaguely entertaining, but the tongue in cheek tussling and playful pretend tension between the two performers sets up an excellent framework for some swift sketches, moving between live action and 3D video and interaction between the two.

  A mixture of TV parodies: Blockbusters, Krypton Factor and more are given the lightest touch and the astoundingly biddable audience are happily whipping on and off their 3D glasses to enjoy the lo-fi special effects , which were more fun than Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland gazillion dollar efforts.

As with the best sketch shows there are some running gags, Gemma Arrowsmith’s stupid optical illusions contribute their own daft thread.  With such a 21st  century show  it’s a surprise to have a wee moment that is pure old fashioned verbal dexterity with a sketch consisting entirely of tongue twisters, a bit of Victorian entertainment updated for  our times, which just shows the versatility of this talented duo.

They have some extremely well managed audience participation of the non scary variety,  a dramatic race to save the world from an Evil Avatar Virus, some spam jokes and the next Doctor Who. You really couldn’t ask for more. 

Review date: 13 Aug 2010
Reviewed by: Julia Chamberlain

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