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The Probation Affair

Series 1 - Episode 3 The Probation Affair



Vic has redecorated Bob’s front room using wallpaper patterned with horses – German honeymoon horses, “Some galloping, some not so galloping.” It doesn’t sound like much of a catchphrase, but as each of the characters enters and picks up on it, the joke builds ridiculously. It’s also another instance of the way Bob gets slightly excluded by the other characters and mocked for being a bit square – not least by his sneering teenage (Norwegian) son Erik.

But it’s oddball friends Beef and Bosh who steal the show tonight. Beef (the terrific Matt Berry) enters wearing a roaringly daft catsuit, accessorised with “the most yellow of all my yellow belts”, then surpasses it later with a tent-like Hawaiian muumuu dress. Add in a coconut-topped pizza, iron-ore shoes and some African nerve agent and you have the best episode yet.


When his probation officer calls round to the house, Bosh asks Vic, Bob, Julie and Beef to help him convince her he has finally become an upstanding member of society. To show that Bosh is fully rehabilitated, the gang opens a pop-up restaurant to wine and dine her and ensure his parole continues. Guest starring Nikki Amuka-Bird (Luther).

Cast & Crew

Vic Vic Reeves
Bob Bob Mortimer
Beef Matt Berry
Bosh Dan Renton Skinner
Julie Morgana Robinson
Erik Daniel Simonsen
Fiona (Probation officer) Nikki Amuka-Bird
Director Nick Wood
Executive Producer Mark Freeland
Series Producer Lisa Clark
Writer Vic Reeves
Writer Bob Mortimer
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