Thursday 28 January 2010

David Renwick @ BFI Southbank

It was a pleasure to see David Renwick In Conversation at BFI Southbank last night. The rather diffident Renwick keeps these kinds of appearances to a minimum - “You’ll soon find out why” he quipped - but he was funny and endearing on an evening that proved an all-too-brief whistle-stop tour through his career. Alongside Victoria Wood I’d nominate Renwick as one of the greatest British comedy writers. From his Two Ronnies sketches through Jonathan Creek and Love Soup and of course One Foot in the Grave his work has subverted, expanded and blended genres, providing delight, intellectual stimulation, deep melancholy, big laughs, and, occasionally, shock. As adept visually as verbally, and an expert at intricate plotting and convoluted narrative, Renwick makes sit-com art. Two great, though not exactly animal-friendly, scenes from the immortal One Foot here. Who would want a dead dog that hadn't been stuffed?

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