Posted by Ian
The final episode in the latest series of one of the greatest television programmes ever was shown last night. Not that you would have noticed. Not that the channel which broadcast it went out of its way to get it noticed. In fact, they were probably glad to see the back of it.
The way More4 has treated Curb Your Enthusiasm has been diabolical. It’s one thing burying it late at night on a Monday (a Monday! When has that been a night for classic comedy?!) It’s another to do virtually nothing by way of publicity, or deciding to dump it from the schedule for two weeks for no reason, one of which was filled with – of all things – repeats of Phoenix Nights.
This show has never won the prestige or attention it deserved. There have been six series shown on one British TV channel or another, and none have been treated with respect. And before anyone says anything, this isn’t one of those programmes that benefits from being an "undiscovered treasure" or having a "cult following" or any such rubbish. It should have been a massive hit and had the chance to be acclaimed as a genius of a sitcom by millions.
Anyway, last night’s episode was a triumphant finale and one that, for once, saw its eternally frustrated protagonist Larry David end up on the winning side. Even if it did involve discussion of "a tickly anus".