The Tuckers, a BBC Valleys sitcom featuring and scripted by S. Speirs and helmed by I. Fitzgibbon.
The Tuckers is a surrealistic sitcom set in a tiny Welsh lowlands village. It is about the escapades of a mischievous yet endearing clan. Tucker, the central character, is a lone parent who currently resides Peggy (L Hunter) and skips employment by filing a bogus disability assistance case.
Bobby (B. McGregor) and Billy (J. McCord) are the mom’s major earners, but with varied outcomes, thanks to a variety of naughty exploits ranging from dodgy dealings to naked fighting, all while posing as a “kitchen business.”
Should You Stream It Or Skip It?
While the main plot of every one of the six episodes that make up the inaugural series is scant, the basic idea is upon Bobby and Natalia’s broken relationship. In addition to Bobby’s failed efforts to repair this connection, Natalia’s on-again, off-again – supposed “Italian” – lover, Roberto (Francois Pandolfo), is considering relocating with her.
This creates considerable fascinating tension, albeit it stays lighthearted and humorous for the longest portion. The Tuckers also don’t offer any meaningful knuckleballs in terms of storyline, with every story point getting announced months in ahead, as if shouting at the audience, and the last episode’s surprise getting revealed multiple series beforehand. STREAM IT!!!! If you want to kill your time while not being involved in any of your daily chores during a Sunday afternoon.
What Our Critic Has To Say?
The Tuckers do not appear to be attempting to reinvent broadcast narrative or everything slightly similar, and audiences have already seen whatever the show has to provide without ever tuning in. It’s campy humor that’ll make you smile, smile, and care about its endearing group of people.
Notwithstanding the Tuckers’ involvement in dubious enterprises and poor lifestyle decisions, we found ourselves rooting for them. Of course, because The Tuckers is a sitcom, viewers’ main interest is the caliber of the gags. While we didn’t find any of the quips very funny, we did laugh at a few of them.
Most of the comedy in the program revolves around Glyn’s inactivity, notably a hilarious recurring sight gag in which Glyn rides his motorized bike across doors. The Tuckers’ exceptional use of reframing enhances the movie’s humor significantly, and it is unquestionably one of the movie’s strongest features.
The show’s overall aesthetic is characterized by aesthetic ridiculousness. In the opening installment, Glyn fails to track down the person removing the weather reflectors from his motorized scooter.
This inquiry prompts him to wrongly accuse a one-legged 82-year-old man, Dai ‘up and down’ (Alan David). Eventually, we discover him to be Peggy’s hidden companion. This leads to the one-legged gent pursuing vengeance on Glyn, who then flees.
Ultimately, The Tuckers is a fun movie at moments. But its overuse of tropes and prejudices makes it difficult to engage its viewers. It provides a glimpse of enlightenment at the end, when Natalia responds to Roberto by saying, “This is my home. “They’re my folks. This is my region. And you believe you’re superior to it all”. The scene is brief, as the cameraman swiftly moves to an intoxicated pair who are going a bit too wild. Beside, Natalia disrupting the scene as if there was a directive to minimize any displays of regional patriotism.