tim Vine trav­els through time

Tim Vine on en­joy­ing life in the past lane for his com­edy pi­lot – and the stars who in­spire him…

TV Times - - Contents - Emma Bullimore

fri­day / BBC1 The pun­tas­tic co­me­dian al­ways makes me tit­ter. He tells us about step­ping into the past in this pi­lot.

It’s a silly, joy­ous piece of non­sense

Tim Vine Trav­els in Time FRI­DAY / BBC1 / 10.35Pm

Not con­tent with mak­ing us laugh in the here and now, pun­tas­tic co­me­dian Tim Vine is jump­ing back to by­gone ages in his new BBC1 com­edy pi­lot

Tim Vine Trav­els in Time.

One minute Tim is in his an­tiques shop, crack­ing jokes to a live stu­dio au­di­ence and the next he’s in Sher­wood For­est with Robin Hood in the year 1205!

Tim, 50, rings TV Times from the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val, where he’s busy en­ter­tain­ing fans with his stand-up show. Here, he tells us all about his new TV ad­ven­ture, his com­edy heroes and the one sto­ry­line that would make him go back to Not Go­ing Out.

What was your in­spi­ra­tion for this show, Tim?

I like the lit­tle plays More­cambe and Wise used to do, and I’ve al­ways loved Up Pom­peii! and how Frankie How­erd did a run­ning com­men­tary to cam­era. It’s some­thing I’ve al­ways wanted to do, so I feel very grate­ful that I can do the same for this show.

it has been a long time in the mak­ing, hasn’t it?

Yes, we came up with the idea 10 years ago, de­vel­oped it with var­i­ous pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies, but it never got off the ground. The prob­lem with my com­edy is that it doesn’t al­ways work so well on pa­per; it’s very daft and needs an au­di­ence. The num­ber of times peo­ple have got my scripts and heard them­selves telling the jokes in their head – that’s a disas­ter.

I re­mem­ber one meet­ing where they said we needed to build up the char­ac­ters and that’s when I re­alised they were bark­ing up the wrong tree. What’s this per­son’s mo­ti­va­tion? To set th­ese jokes up for me, please! Luck­ily, this time, ev­ery­one re­ally got be­hind it as the silly, joy­ous piece of non­sense it is.

You also wrote the theme tune for the show, does this take you back to your days in The Flared gen­er­a­tion, the pop-punk band you started with your [news pre­sen­ter] brother Jeremy? Ex­actly. The thing is I don’t think of my­self as a frus­trated pop star, be­cause there’s a part of me that still as­sumes that dream will even­tu­ally come true. I still get a lot of joy out of mak­ing up songs and cre­at­ing things; no­body can stop me do­ing that, even if I’m not fill­ing sta­di­ums… or in­deed small rooms.

strictly cham­pion ore oduba plays robin Hood. Had you met him be­fore cast­ing?

I hadn’t, but Ore is a lovely guy and a very good sport. Es­sen­tially, I was ask­ing him to stand in front of the cam­eras, be stupid and set up jokes for me, and he just went for it. There’s an el­e­ment of am­a­teur dra­mat­ics about the whole thing.

There are some de­light­fully silly mo­ments – was it ever dif­fi­cult to keep a straight face?

It is at times quite amus­ing and daft see­ing some­one dressed up and danc­ing around singing a stupid song you wrote called Golden Ar­row. But, most of the time, I’m think­ing about what’s com­ing next!

if the pi­lot gets picked up, will you ask Jeremy to be a guest? [Laughs] I’d ac­tu­ally never even con­sid­ered that but it re­ally would be very funny. Maybe we’ll give him a go for se­ries seven.

The pi­lot is full of jokes.

How long did it take to write?

I’ve never ac­tu­ally timed it, but I was chat­ting to my good friend Lee Mack, who co-writes Not Go­ing Out, and he reck­oned three weeks per episode. I might need a few days more than that!

do you feel the pres­sure be­cause your name is in the ti­tle and you de­liver every punch­line?

I thought there would be, but it’s prob­a­bly the best ex­pe­ri­ence I’ve had do­ing some­thing on TV. I felt it flowed re­ally nicely and I thor­oughly en­joyed it. Per­haps, in a way, I felt more pres­sure do­ing Not Go­ing Out be­cause you can let peo­ple down, whereas, if I ru­ined this show, it’s only me I’ve disappointed.

Would you ever con­sider a re­turn to not Go­ing Out?

I’m ex­tremely proud to have been part of it, I’m not plan­ning on a re­turn. If it’s ever on – and they do re­peat it a lot – I watch it. I’ve got a lot of happy mem­o­ries from my time on the show, and I think the new in­car­na­tion as a fam­ily sit­com is great. I popped up for the big wed­ding episode, but, oth­er­wise, I don’t think I’ll go back un­less Lee says to me, ‘There’s a fu­neral, you’d bet­ter come!’, and

I can’t see that hap­pen­ing!

com­edy / 10.35pm / BBC1

a sea­son of BBC com­edy pi­lots kicks off with this daft and en­dear­ing ve­hi­cle for pop­u­lar comic Tim Vine. We start in ‘Tim’s An­tiques Shop’, be­fore our host and guest Ore Oduba go back in time to 1205. They land in Sher­wood For­est, where Ore turns into Robin Hood and Tim catches the eye of Maid Mar­ian!

It’s not for ev­ery­one, but this fam­ily-friendly un­cyn­i­cal one-off is bound to make a lot of view­ers smile.hhhh

Clock­ing on: Tim Vine

Com­edy and news: Tim and Jeremy

Three in a bed:

Not Go­ing Out Just like that!

on Tommy Cooper In the Hood: Ore Oduba as Robin of Sher­wood

Tim plays it for laughs with guest star Ore Oduba

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