Welcome to the world of Davis & Bennett, a mismatched pair of travelling salesmen in the business of cleaning skeletons out of closets. Together they travel across Britain, wandering in and out of other people's lives, performing 'the Procedure' whereby hidden secrets and lies are exposed. When assigned by their boss, The Colonel (Jason Isaacs), to a remote family home, the duo find that they can't seem to get the job done, and that sometimes there's just no getting away from your own skeletons.
This is one of those rare works that doesn't sound one wrong note. Everything is perfectly timed and balanced and the result is gently funny while also poignant. Wonderfully original and quirky it is ultimately about loss and how we attempt to cope with it. Brilliant casting and fantastic use of the English countryside. It is genius and, hopefully, will be recognised as a classic. Fantastic--must go and watch it again!
Hitchhikers guide to the Midlands.
- Skeletons review by JD
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There is a contemporary Douglas Adams feel to this plot which has a distinctive eccentic English Midland quality. While the main focus is on the central 2 characters the context is a sci-fi meets feng shui. It is however a little overstated for a British black comedy . The plot is interesting and quirky and probably better than the acting. Worth watching for its originality.