The Peter Serafinowicz Show
was a sketch show made by Peter Serafinowicz and several actors that you might recognise from other comedy shows. It lasted seven episodes
, including a Christmas Special
aired a year after the rest of the series. Features several memorable sketches, such as the Brian Butterfield adverts for various services that he has come up with (including a karaoke bar or a diet plan) and looks very similar to well known injury compensation adverts. There are also parodies of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
(Heads Or Tails, Which Hand Is It In?) and Sherlock Holmes
, among other things.
Tropes present in this show include:
- Acting for Two: Most notably when Peter Serafinowicz plays all four of The Beatles at once.
- And Ninety Nine Cents
- "Before" and "After" Pictures: Parodied when Brian Butterfield shows a picture of himself before taking his diet plan, and then cutting to him doing the advertisement and looking exactly the same.
- Black Comedy Rape: Holmes has his emotions run high when he solves a case; this does not bode well for Watson.
- British Brevity: The show ran for 7 episodes.
- But Wait, There's More!: Subverted on one occasion:
Brian Butterfield "But wait! I haven't set up an account with the phone company!"
- Played straight in the "Butterfield Detective Agency" sketch, where Butterfield repeatedly says "And that's not all" when describing his various disguises...until he runs out, and says "That's all."
- Cavemen vs. Astronauts Debate: We learn from Ringo Starr that towards the end of The Beatles' career as a group, they began to argue over more and more ridiculous things—including whether or not they should go to the toilet. Eventually, Yoko persuades John to give in, and while on the toilet they write the world's first chart-topping song about taking a dump.
- Censored Title: The X Factor parody You're A C**t.
- Christmas Episode
- Cluster F-Bomb: Laurel during the Laurel and Hardy parody.
- Couch Gag: The voice announcing the title varies depending on the episode.
- The Eponymous Show
- Fake American: Peter's impersonations of various American celebrities, with rather convincing accents.
- Heads Tails Edge: Happens in "Heads or Tails".
- Improbable Use of a Weapon: Kitchen Gun and Toilet Grenade.
- Kent Brockman News: Surprisingly averted with the news parodies.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Brian Butterfield's Detective Agency.
- Lost In Transmission: Happens during a Daddy DNA Test on Michael-6 where the titular host runs out of battery just as he's about to announce the result.
- Lyrical Dissonance: Happens with a Retraux 40's style song about someone who's going to commit suicide if his girlfriend leaves him.
- Major Minor Inconvenience: The Butterfield Time Line, where people phone up Brian Butterfield to ask him what time it is.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Sinister, the company behind several of the Parody Commercials.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Largely averted, although there are a few examples:
- Brian Butterfield, who in no way resembles the bloke from the PI Helpline ads.
- Derek Bum in the Kitchen Gun/Toilet Grenade adverts, which bear no resemblance to Barry Scott of Cillit Bang fame.
- Michael-6 is absolutely not a robotic version of Jeremy Kyle.
- Once an Episode: Brian Butterfield.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: The disguises of Brian Butterfield's Detective Agency are this.
- Parody: The bread and butter of the show.
- Parody Commercial
- Poirot Speak: Lampshaded, when Hercule Poirot reveals he can't actually speak French.
- Portmanteau: The Buttertendo, Brian Butterfield's failed attempt at a games console.
- Put A Face On The Company: Brian Butterfield
- Rattling Off Legal: Averted when Brian Butterfield mentions that his hotel contravenes European safety regulations.
- Repeating Ad: Done with Amnesia Magazine.
- Retraux: The Modern Guide to Life sketches are set in the 1970s, while "Who Would Like To Win £100?" takes place during World War II.
- Ridiculously Loud Commercial: Inevitable with the Cillit Bang parodies.
- Serial Escalation: The reappearing sketches generally got more outlandish as the series went on.
- Shoddy Knockoff Product: The first set of Buy It Channel sketches had these, which the presenters quickly lampshaded.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: The Noel Edmonds Expy uses one in Dead or Undead.
- Strange Syntax Speaker: Justified with Michael-6, given that he's a robot.
- Streisand Effect: Referenced with the (entirely fictional) John Cleese sex tape, where he claims that it caused sales of Fawlty Towers DVDs to go through the roof.
- Surreal Humour: Lots and lots of it—and as mentioned under Serial Escalation, the show only got weirder as it went on.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: Quite a lot of them.
- Take That: One sketch mocked the frequent re-releases of Star Wars.
- Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket: The people in the Butterfield Time Line advert are apparently unable to tell the time, and the Gem Mania infomercial parodies this trope by showing someone unable to put gems on their clothes.
- Unfortunate Names: One of the guests on Michael-6 was called Phil Penishole.
- Very False Advertising: In the advert for the Butterfield International Hotel:
Customer "The advert said it was a 5 star hotel, but 5 star hotels should have a toilet."
Brian Butterfield "Those aren't stars, they're asterisks, each one referring to a fault with the hotel, one of which is the lack of toilet facilities."
- Who Wants To Be Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: Subverted on one occasion, which has a Retraux version of the original ("Who Would Like To Win £100?") set in the middle of World War II. Played straight with the rest of the Game Show parodies though.