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01 April 2009 @ 11:58 pm
Would I Lie to You  
I have to say, it's a lot more civilized at Pinewood than the London Studio. They have a waiting area - with chairs, and food and drink! Me and glittertigger had gorgeous salads for the same price as my workplace's awful sandwiches! Still, enough of such boring stuff.

I've just sat and had David Mitchell be sarcastic at me for three hours - talk about heaven. My only quibble is that I wasn't a bit closer (dammit, how did the regular two lasses in the front row do it?) and that David didn't go off on one of his rants. There were mini rantettes but nothing full blown. OTOH Lee Mack did declare David to be his one true love and clutched his heart like some spectacularly bad romantic comedy. Aww. And David did get to exclaim "Of course, I've been to fucking MacDonalds!" at one point, although pick-ups had to get him to do it again without the swear word.

Rob Brydon is the host for this season, and did a fine job. Carol Vordeman and Jo Brand were both excellent (Jo was still massively embarrassed by her turn as Britney for Comic Relief), and Russell Howard was decent too, but the show was probably stolen by Lee Mack who kept everyone bubbling along for the full three hours, with David interjecting. I love the way he calls him Dave *hearts* There may have to be fic soon, although god knows where I'll post it :)

I'm in a bit of a David Mitchell filled daze at the mo. I have to go to bed. (No, it's late that's all - you flithy minded sods :)
fairyd123fairyd123 on April 1st, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Chairs food and drink! My gods what heavenly mystical place is this? The BBC let you sit out on the street when we're waiting for Tonight's the Night and they only let you into the foyer where the food and drink are if they feel like it.

Did they let you in in number order?Is that how the girls got front row? Certainly for Tonights the Night unless you accidentally get front row middle as I did for one of the pre-records (and as I looked like a walking corpse at that point I wasn't thrilled by it!) to get front row if that is your thing the girls are there obscenely early - we're talking 8:00 in the morning.

But I'm happy you're so pleased! I haven't watched much Would I Lie To You - adore Peep Show and Mitchell and Webb though.
Valderys: David Mitchellvalderys on April 2nd, 2009 08:58 am (UTC)
With the girls in the front row - they are obviously regulars because they were acknowledged by Lee and David, but the priority ticket people went in before us ordinary mortals - and I thought the priority ticket people were people who hadn't made it in on a previous show? So it makes no sense to me!

And yes, it was fantastic - considerably more hilarious than the broadcast show! :) I've watched both previous series, because I'll watch paint dry if David Mitchell is in it/presenting it! I also adore Mitchell and Webb, and Peep Show, although Peep Show is sometimes so close to the bone I have to hide behind a cushion in embarrasment :)
fairyd123: Blossonfairyd123 on April 2nd, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
How were the tickets done? By Applause Store or Standing Room Only or one of those organisations? (yes I do indeed spend my life obtaining tickets and attending tapings of shows with John Barrowman on). Normally the priority tickets go to a combination of those who have coughed up some money and therefore get given priority tickets as part of that package, those on the studio audience websites mailing lists who get the nod about the booking period early and those outside of London. Golden rule is whatever you get given - ring up and haggle. I'm inside the M25 but for someone like yourself who lives further afield it never ever hurts to ring up and say "Hey I'd love to come for this show but I'm worried about travelling all that way on non priority tickets can you upgrade me?" I went to one show (I think it was a New years show that JB was on) where they actually kicked the production guests out because they'd given out millions of priority tickets and the non-priority queue (which was massive) wasn't going to get in otherwise and the mood was turning very nasty!

Shows run by the actual Beeb (like Tonights the Night) don't do priority tickets.

Glad you loved it - I remember my friends saying that the show which John Barrowman appeared on was so much better and funnier than the one they actually aired.
I adore Peep Show but yes sometimes I can't bear to look at the screen!
Dafnadafnagreer on April 2nd, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
Soooooo jealous. Bonus Brydon and Jo Brand!!! It's like a QI mini-reunion. I actually really adore Lee Mack, too. He's kind of the Alan to David's Stephen.

When do they start airing, do you know?
Valderys: David Mitchellvalderys on April 2nd, 2009 09:05 am (UTC)
Rob was fantastic, I have to say - even his ad libs and dead pan mistakes were hilarious. Jo Brand was mostly quiet, except for devastating one-liners, as usual! And David and Lee are adorable together. Your comparison is spot on, only instead of Alan and Stephen's banter, with Alan being the stupid one, to Stephen's intelligence, in Would I Lie to You, of course, it's David's poshness, opposed to Lee's working class oik. Mostly put on, but still adorable - I loved it when Lee started going on about how he couldn't possibly be patronised any more, and then David proceeded to prove him wrong :)
Valderys: David Mitchellvalderys on April 2nd, 2009 09:05 am (UTC)
Oh, meant to say - they didn't give us air dates, unfortunately...
my wings are like a shield of steel: stands alonebuckle_berry on April 2nd, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)
here may have to be fic soon, although god knows where I'll post it

i hope you might at least post it in your journal, i could definitely stand to read some david mitchell slash :)
Valderys: David Mitchellvalderys on April 2nd, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
Oh yes - here, certainly - and maybe at slashtheweek? I can't think of any other communities though...
R..: flirtmetame on April 2nd, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
the two icons in this thread so need to be put next to each other...
Dafnadafnagreer on April 4th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
Valderys: David Mitchellvalderys on April 4th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
Ooh, that's a good community - and it pointed me at comedian_slash as well! Fantastic! Now I just have to write the thing... :)
Amanda Pear: Concreteamandapear on April 13th, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
Hello :) I just thought I'd comment because I was one of the regs in the WILTY? audience - sawnoffcourtney (my best friend) is the other.

Basically, the only reason we get such good seats is because I'm partially-sighted - if I was any further back I wouldn't be able to see anything! :( I pre-arrange access stuff with either the studios or ticketing companies (in this case the latter) and in the main they're very accommodating; the main problem I usually have is other audience members staring at me/my symbol cane and (sometimes) making disparaging comments, which in turn makes me feel a bit guilty for getting access help in the first place - silly, I know...

I certainly agree that Pinewood's more civilised than the London Studios; Pinewood is probably the greatest studio I've ever been to in terms of friendliness, helpfulness and an all-round sense of getting people to enjoy the recording - other places (BBC TV Centre, I'm looking at you) tend to shepherd you around and go mental security-wise, and it takes a lot of the fun out of it. I'm glad for places like Pinewood and Teddington that are so much nicer!

I'm so glad you enjoyed the recording; it was definitely one of the best ones :) They were all good, but certain ones just edged it, and that was one of them! I get the impression that some lack of ranting and a bit of the shying away from too much comment is because the BBC are still running scared from the Ross/Brand thing, and people/shows have been made aware of that (see David's latest Observer column for his views on THAT! ;)) - on several occasions people have been told to re-take lines without the word "fuck" included (the McDonalds line, for example), and while it's a pain that that has to be done, hell, at least it's a bloody brilliant show and, on a purely mercenary level, it's all about ratings these days, isn't it... ;)

Anyway, I have blathered enough, for which I apologise! Once again, I'm really glad you had a good time, and if it inspired THAT fic (I've only just put two and two together and realised it was you who wrote it; forgive me, I'm plagued by chronic insomnia at the moment and it's affecting my brain!), then, well, wow :D
Valderys: David Mitchellvalderys on April 17th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
Ah, that explains it! Sorry, I was only wondering because I had hoped it might be something I could replicate for next series, but I don't think I'm quite that dedicated :)

I agree, I too thought the Pinewood staff were terribly helpful. Much better than the London Studio, which is where all my other filming has taken place. Maybe it's because they have to woo people more, because you have to make a special trip to Pinewood, not just fall out of a London office?

And David's column made me very squeeful, because I've thought very similar thoughts all along about the Ross/Brand thing. And did you see Rob getting all defensive on David's behalf on Twitter? Aww, so sweet. It read like maybe he'd been drinking, so obviously you have to be careful near Twitter and drink! :)