BBC2′s online presence makes a geek very happy (again)

September 25th, 2006 by Dan


New clips of That Mitchell And Webb Look are online at that BBC2 site…

Episode 3 is great. It includes Chip & Pin AND The Green Clarinet plus the return of Sir Digby Chicken Caesar!

That site also has an interview involving 10 questions for David and Rob…

1. What’s your favourite website?
Mitchell: Wikipedia. I know you can’t rely on it but it’s an amazing resource powered by people’s need to inform.
Webb: Amazon.co.uk. If I managed to read as many books as I buy, then I’d be wiser than most owls.

2. What’s your TV heaven and TV hell?
Mitchell: I love detective programmes – Inspector Morse, Foyle’s War, CSI, that sort of thing (although I draw the line at Rosemary and Thyme and that ginger guy in CSI Miami is an abomination, so I stick to Vegas). They’re the perfect escapism: a cosy, or cheesily gritty, environment with a little bit of murdery doubt that all gets resolves by the end of the programme. My TV Hell is reality TV – I wish it would stop. It’s a horrible addictive drug without any initial high.
Webb: TV heaven: The West Wing. I know it’s a liberal fantasy but oh… imagine if America was really run by people like that. And the acting is exceptional. TV hell: Any morning ‘discussion’ show involving Trisha or the even more insufferable Jeremy Kyle. Why start the day watching scared, angry people becoming even more scared and angry?

3. How much do you pay for a hair cut?
Mitchell: I can’t really remember. I think it’s between £10 and £15. I hate having my hair cut since I started wearing contacts instead of glasses: now I can see what they’re doing and it scares me.
Webb: About £18. It’s all falling out now so haircuts are less about vanity than about disaster management.

4. It’s my round, what are you having to drink?
Mitchell: A pint of bitter. I used to drink lager but swapped in the last year. I imagine I’ll be a pipe smoker before I’m 40.
Webb: Any French lager or red wine.

5. Who’s the funniest person on the planet?
Mitchell: John Cleese probably. Not done his best work of late perhaps but he has made me scream with laughter more than anyone else alive.
Webb: John Cleese or Robin Williams. Don’t make me choose.

6. What’s your fancy dress costume of choice?
Mitchell: I like those Bernie Clifton things where it looks like you’re riding an Ostrich.
Webb: Blenheim Palace. I just think it would suit me.

7. What would your Mastermind specialist subject be?
Mitchell: Nothing. I’m an expert on nothing. I just quite like a lot of stuff.
Webb: The novels and short stories of Ian McEwan, 1975- present day.

8. What’s the biggest mistake you¹ve ever made?
Mitchell: I expect it’s either still to come, or I’ve yet to realise the disastrous nature of something I’ve already done. But I definitely think I should have told more women I fancied them when I was a student. Only when it was true, that is.
Webb: Confetti. I had a miserable time making it and I think the finished film is an underwhelming mess. I look forward to its DVD release as ardently as I look forward to appendicitis.

9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Mitchell: When I was 10, I was too scared to audition for the school play and my Mum basically made me. It was more coercion than advice but I’m so grateful. If I hadn’t got used to performing before puberty hit, I don’t think I’d have ever got up on stage. Since then performing in public is the only thing I’ve ever been brave about.
Webb: No single line, but when I was 15 I asked my grandad if I could buy his portable TV which he didn’t need any more. He said, “Make me an offer, mate,” and I suggested £50. He thought about it for a second and then said, “You’ve made me a fair offer Rob, you can have it for nothing.” I love the justice and innocence of that. Liars and bullies are doing it the hard way – reasonable people should be, and often are, rewarded.

10. Who would you most like to be trapped in a lift with?
Mitchell: A lift engineer.
Webb: I’m not being cute; I think I can honestly say – my girlfriend. Failing that, I suppose I could make do with Stephen Fry.

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