House of Fools

Series 1 - 1. Pilot Episode: The Conan Affair

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Imagine a 1970s domestic sitcom left so long in the cupboard it’s gone fizzy, then been taken out, dipped in sprinkles and thoroughly baked by the surreal imaginations of Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. That’s the drift here. The notional setting is Bob’s house, where Vic is a troublesome lodger who fills the place with junk – a painting of a pygmy, tins of pineapple, and so on. In the opening scene Vic sings a song about a knight’s gauntlet he has just acquired, then Bob berates him for getting toilet rolls and curtains mixed up. Matt Berry arrives as their friend Beef, an expansive lothario of the kind Berry does better than anyone, and there’s a man-eating neighbour called Julie.

The farcical sort-of-plot they get wrapped up in barely matters (Vic gets wedged in a hole cut between the two houses) and it’s as obsessed with body parts and weird about the opposite sex as a 12-year-old boy. But if you like Vic and Bob’s ludicrous humour, it’s very funny.

About this programme

1/6. Comedy written by and starring Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer about a man who is frustrated by the uninvited people who constantly fill his house. Bob has a hot date lined up and all he needs now is to get rid of all his unwanted house guests, so he can watch Conan the Barbarian with her in peace. Unfortunately, his lodger Vic has broken the telly. With Matt Berry and Morgana Robinson.

Cast and crew


Bob Mortimer
Vic Reeves
Matt Berry
Morgana Robinson
Daniel Simonsen
Dan Renton Skinner


Nick Wood
Executive Producer
Mark Freeland
Series Producer
Lisa Clark
Vic Reeves
Bob Mortimer