Luke Reviews – Murder in Successville

By chance, I stumbled upon the brilliant BBC improvised comedy crime drama, Murder in Successville.

This is a great concept from the BBC: there is a cast and crew who are in on the plot and are aware of what is happening, but in every episode there is a guest-starring celebrity, who has been told nothing and has no idea what is going on. They are partnered up with DI Sleet (played by Tom Davis) and made to undertake a genuine (though completely ridiculous) murder mystery in ‘Successville’, a city full of fictional versions of celebrities (who are all impersonated brilliantly by the actors).

The episodes have a great format to them, with the guest celebrity being introduced at the start, then taken on a journey through Successville, improvising their way through each scene, collecting evidence and clues from each of the suspects. At the end of the episode they make their guess at who the guilty suspect is, and either get congratulated on being right, or face the consequences of solving the mystery incorrectly.

If you’ve ever wanted a hilarious viewing experience with your favourite celebrities improvising their way through a spoof crime drama, this is definitely the show for you.

Examples of guest celebrities include Greg James, Richard Osman, Dermot O’Leary and Chris Kamara to name just a few.

You can find out more about the show here on the BBC site

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