Sunday, June 22, 2008


It's a little dispiriting to learn that the BBC is finally showing MeeBOX, a pilot that Adam Buxton made last year.

Not the fact that they're showing it. The dispiriting bit is that (a) they took six months to broadcast it, and (b) they're showing it at quarter to midnight tonight on BBC3. Mind you, it's a busy station. They've got a lot of repeats of Two Pints of Lager And A Packet of Crisps Please to squeeze in.

For the benefit of Americans: Adam Buxton is one half of Adam and Joe. Joe is Joe Cornish. He's working on the Ant-Man movie script with Edgar Wright, incidentally. Anyway, Adam and Joe used to have their own series on Channel 4, which was often very good. I have a vague recollection that they were discovered by sending in home-made films to the long-forgotten Takeover TV. Basically, if they'd been around today, they'd have been discovered on YouTube.

The Adam and Joe Show had stuff like this.

And a lot of stuff like this.

And quite a bit of stuff like this.

But Wikipedia tells us (and I believe they're right) that The Adam and Joe Show is never repeated on TV, nor is it available in full on DVD. In fact, of all their output over the years, the only thing that's still regularly shown on British TV is Shock Video, a schedule-filling clip show in which they introduced excerpts from tedious soft porn and supposedly amusing adverts from around the world. It's actually better than it sounds, largely because they completely ignored the remit and just talked over the whole thing. (Mildly NSFW, I suppose - but worth clicking.)

Even YouTube seems unaccountably keen to show me extracts from their forgotten BBC3 travelogue series, Adam & Joe Go Tokyo. Oh, and some good stuff that isn't embeddable.

Adam and Joe were good. And at the moment, they're doing the Saturday morning show for BBC Radio 6. This being a BBC show, there's a music-removed version available as a podcast, and it's worth your time. And yes, okay, I suppose they were always going to be a bit of a cult act. But surely in the multi-channel world there ought to be a place for them somewhere?