We now live in a world where Twitter accounts can be transformed into mediocre TV shows. Those who remember the awful series $h*! My Day Says, based on the Twitter account @shitmydaysays, already knows that the art of 140-character comedy doesn’t necessarily translate well to the small screen. That isn’t going to stop Channel 4 from trying, though, as the broadcaster is looking to turn the Twitter account @SoVeryBritish, better known as Very British Problems, into a comedy show featuring the likes of James Corden, Vic Reeves and Jonathon Ross.
However, unlike $h*! My Day Says, Very British Problems won’t form the foundations of a sitcom, but will instead be a talking head show in which various comedians sit in front of a camera and talk about how awkward it is to be British. Basically, it’s like every other fucking comedy show on UK TV.
According to the Comedy Guide, the show will feature “comedians and some of Britain’s best-loved famous faces talking about the crushing weirdness and awkwardness of life as a Brit.” The Twitter account the TV show is based upon (and that is the most millennial sentence I’ll ever write) was created by freelance journalist Rob Temple, and currently boasts over 1 million followers. A book has also been based off of its tweets.
Here are a few choice tweets from the account for you to try to figure out how on Earth this is going to translate to a TV show:
Retweet if you’re just lying down listening to a fan
— VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) July 2, 2015
Monday’s about to attack… Quick, build a tea/wine barrier!
— VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) June 28, 2015
Dear tea, Thank you. Yours sincerely, Lots of people
— VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) May 28, 2015
As you can see, they’re mostly about tea. Because British people drink lots of tea, which is apparently hilarious. I don’t know why a beverage is considered in any way humourous, but then again I am also unable to grasp how a show could be commissioned on the back of a Twitter account, so maybe I’m the one who’s out of touch. Or maybe, and I know I’m thinking outside the box here, British TV producers should start commissioning some actual comedy shows.
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