Full English
The Johnson family: Eve, Dusty, Edgar, Wendy, Jason, Ken, and Ken's imaginary friend Squidge.
Created byJack Williams
Harry Williams
Alex Scarfe
Voices ofDaisy Haggard
Kayvan Novak
Richard Ayoade
Rosie Cavaliero
Oliver Maltman
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (1 unaired) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersJack Williams
Harry Williams
Alex Scarfe
ProducerClaudia Katz
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesTwo Brothers Pictures
Rough Draft Studios
Original release
NetworkChannel 4
Release12 November (2012-11-12) –
17 December 2012 (2012-12-17)

Full English is an adult animated sitcom created by Jack Williams, Harry Williams and Alex Scarfe for Channel 4. The programme was produced by Two Brothers Pictures. It parodies and satirises various popular entertainment personalities in the United Kingdom.

Full English first aired on 12 November 2012, with the first series ending abruptly after the final episode, due to air on 17 December 2012, was pulled from schedules in the morning, over fears from Channel 4 bosses that the episode would've been seen as "offensive" to the gypsy community.[1] It was replaced with a repeat of Alan Carr: Chatty Man. The episode, titled "My Big Fat Gypsy Knightmare," revolves around a character named Eve who fears becoming conventional like her parents. In an act of rebellion, she decides to marry a gypsy boy. Originally scheduled to air as the fourth episode, it was later delayed until the end of the season to allow for additional deliberation by Channel 4 executives regarding its content.

Producers of the show expressed disappointment at the delaying of the episode on the show's Facebook page, stating that Episode 6, which they considered the best in the series, would not be aired due to legal and OFCOM concerns, with Ofcom saying not to air the episode as it "may cause significant complaints". Consequently, the series abruptly concluded. The show was repeated 3 times on Channel 4's sister channel, E4 in 2013. The repeat run didn't feature the final episode, therefore, the final episode is only watchable through the DVD.

The show was later announced to have been cancelled by the official Facebook page.[2]

Background

Full English is set in the heart of British suburbia.

Edgar, a put upon wage slave, works for his self-obsessed, borderline-evil father-in-law Ken Lavender. Married to houseproud wife Wendy, they are parents to three very different children, man-child Dusty, amiable and dimwitted Jason and 'Emo' Eve.

Created, produced and written by brothers Harry & Jack Williams, the show is made using hand-drawn animation, with all the characters and sets created by the artist Alex Scarfe – each frame is individually drawn before being scanned into a computer using Toon Boom Harmony, which gives it a realistic depth. This work is done by Rough Draft Studios in Los Angeles and South Korea, and is the first show were they are credited as a production company.[3]

Characters

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Britain's Got Bloodmonkey"Dwayne Carey-HillJack Williams & Harry Williams12 November 2012 (2012-11-12)

Eve decides to enter her band, Bloodmonkey, into Britain's Got Talent. They're not very good. But thanks to a misunderstanding, Simon Cowell thinks her parents are dead, and the sympathy vote looks like it might propel her all the way to the final (where she'll be up against an asthmatic girl in a wheelchair who plays the violin). Meanwhile, Edgar and Wendy go away for their anniversary, but unknown to them their eldest son Dusty has stowed away as a surprise. And Ken attempts to rekindle an old romance with Her Majesty the Queen – invoking jealousy of Squidge.

Spoofs: Skins, Britain's Got Talent, Simon Cowell, Jeremy Kyle, Ant & Dec, Adolf Hitler, Elizabeth II, Stephen Fry, Gregg Wallace, Geordie Shore
2"Mangina"Richard BazleyJack Williams & Harry Williams19 November 2012 (2012-11-19)

Edgar shows his true colours by running away and leaving his family for dead during a break-in at the house. Their neighbour Johannes, who has a lust for Wendy, saves the day. Shamed, Edgar resolves to man up and goes to his local gym, but decides taking steroids will be quicker and easier. Meanwhile, Jason goes traveling in Thailand to find himself and meets someone who looks exactly like him. And Eve accidentally summons the spirits of two great women to guide her with a Ouija board.

Spoofs: Paralympic Games, London Underground, Jade Goody, Princess Diana, Charlie Brooker, Bear Grylls, Top Gear, Virgin Mary
3"Dusty and the Real Girl"Ira SherakJack Williams & Harry Williams26 November 2012 (2012-11-26)

Dusty surprises the family by bringing home a girl. An inflatable one. Wendy decides he needs a girlfriend so she hires him an escort – without exactly realising what that word really means. Meanwhile, Eve overdoses on chocolate during a tour of Ken's confectionery factory. Ken has a crisis of conscience about manufacturing food that makes people fat and contemplates selling up to his arch-nemesis and occasional squash partner Richard Branson. And tiny aliens plan to take over the Earth.

Spoofs: Channel 4 Documentaries, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Match.com, James Cameron, Avatar, WeightWatchers, Richard Branson, Britain's Next Top Model, Snoop Dogg, James Blunt, Michael McIntyre, Nigella Lawson, Dannii Minogue
4"Bank to the Future"Richard BazleyJack Williams & Harry Williams3 December 2012 (2012-12-03)
Edgar decides it's time for his eldest son Dusty to finally make something of himself, but he's horrified when Dusty lands a job as a banker. Dusty does a brilliant job and is applauded for taking thoughtless risks with large amounts of money including his most daring scheme – gambling the entire country's economy by flipping a coin. Meanwhile Jamie Oliver comes back from the future and his latest crusade is helping kids pass their exams one by one. And Ken attends a psychiatrist to rid of Squidge.
5"Edgar, Interrupted"Dwayne Carey-HillJack Williams & Harry Williams10 December 2012 (2012-12-10)
After getting slightly annoyed at work, Edgar is committed to a mental home by Ken. To Edgar's surprise, the place is full of men who are hiding out from their demanding families, and he decides he quite likes it there. Until he realises the place isn't quite what it seems... Meanwhile, Dusty is bitten by a squirrel and decides this has given him superpowers. He starts fighting crime dressed as 'Squirrelman'. And at home, Jason tries to fill Edgar's shoes as the man of the house.
6"My Big Fat Gypsy Knightmare"Ira SherakJack Williams & Harry WilliamsUnaired
Eve is worried that she'll become boring and suburban-like her parents, so when she meets a gypsy boy it's the perfect opportunity to rebel – and the two of them decide to get married. Her parents don't object as much as they might, though. Wendy's found an old bucket list, and they're working their way through it to prove they're still young at heart. And Ken is offered a knighthood – but will Sir Richard Branson allow it?

Full English adventure game

A free Flash adventure game was released to promote the show. Developed by Leamington Spa digital agency fish in a bottle, it is a multi-chapter game that is meant to introduce the characters, and features the full voice cast from the show.[5]

The game received positive reviews, with Mike Rose of review site Gamezebo stating, "Full English may be a simply point-and-clicker, but it's good fun and the parodies are often delicious."[6]

Reception

Full English was universally panned by critics,[7] most pointing out the show's poor attempt to emulate American adult animated shows, notably the uncanny character resemblances to Family Guy, as well as the poor art designs of the characters in general. On the character designs, Harry Venning of The Stage wrote: "The animation is flat and uninteresting, while the characters' faces are ugly and unappealing."[8]

More positive reviews came from Sam Wollaston of The Guardian, who wrote "I think it's hilarious."[9] and The Metro describing Full English as: "It's rough around the edges but it does have the requisite dysfunctional family at its filthy heart".[10]

References

  1. ^ "Channel 4 shelves final episode of Full English". British Comedy Guide. 17 December 2012. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  2. ^ https://www.facebook.com/fullenglishtvshow/posts/492348354147052 Archived 9 August 2023 at the Wayback Machine[user-generated source]
  3. ^ "Full English on Channel 4 - TV Highlights - GQ.COM (UK)". Archived from the original on 17 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Full English – Character Profiles – Characters – Channel 4". Archived from the original on 17 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Channel 4 announces Full English: The Game in collaboration with fish in a bottle and Two Brothers Pictures". The Drum. 30 October 2012. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  6. ^ Rose, Mike. "Full English Review". Archived from the original on 18 July 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Full English - Reviews and Press Articles - British Comedy Guide". Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  8. ^ TV review: Full English; Nation’s Best Am Dram - TV & radio reviews - The Stage
  9. ^ "TV review: Dispatches: Chinese Murder Mystery; Full English | Television & radio | The Guardian". Archived from the original on 7 January 2021. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Full English, Chinese Murder Mystery, and Coronation Street: TV picks | Metro News". Archived from the original on 6 December 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2013.