Fast and Loose
Angst Productions for BBC Two, 14 January to 4 March 2011 (8 episodes in 1 series)
Whose Line is it Anyway? reinvented for the twentyeleventyteens, though lacking a certain something from the earlier show.
Mostly what it's lacking is any feeling of spontaneity. The show may be called Fast and Loose, but it's neither fast enough nor loose enough; every game seems to be "you do your line, good, you've done your line, now you do yours", and there's no sense of performers bouncing off each other or ever taking a sketch in an unexpected direction.
Actually, even calling the rounds "games" is stretching the point. There's one proper game, and it's the undoubted highlight of the show: about halfway through the programme, "guest performer" David Armand comes on to do an "Interpretative Dance", acting out the lyric of a popular song in a highly literal (though frequently punning) manner, and two of the performers, having worn noise-cancelling headphones during the performance, are asked to guess the song.
In the end, it feels like everyone's so desperate to avoid WLIIA? comparisons that they're running scared of the very things which made that show so popular. And it's a silly approach to take anyway, because the lineage is so obvious that comparisons are inevitable, and not just from us. Sadly, we have no real choice but to end on just such a comparison, and here it is: compared to Whose Line is it Anyway?, this show isn't very good.