Review: Year of the Rabbit
DVD & Digital: Year of the Rabbit (2019)
Detective Inspector Rabbit (Matt Berry) is a foul mouthed ‘copper’ in Victorian London. His penchant for ladies and alcohol often gets in the way of his police work, so thankfully his is joined by his new partner, Strauss (Freddie Fox); a young hapless detective whose reserved demeanour and eloquent vocabulary are a polar opposite to Rabbit.
Joining them on their police work is Mabel Wisbech, the adopted daughter of the Chief Detective, and a woman who is obsessed with becoming the 1st female police officer. She is also far wiser than both Rabbit and Strauss combined.
This six part series follows the trio as they attempt to solve a series of mysterious crimes in old London town, usually hampered by Tanner (brilliantly played by Paul Kaye): a fellow detective who is the nemesis of Rabbit.
They are often helped by ‘The Elephant Man’ (David Dawson), who steals every scene that he is in. When he teaches Strauss how to be ‘cockney’ I was in tears of laughter…his ‘Sid James’ laugh being the final thing that tipped me over the edge.
Year of the Rabbit looks fantastic, with the foggy, grimy cobbled streets of Victorian London, oozing hidden crimes behind every prostitute ridden dark corner.
Every art form is subjective, and probably non more so than comedy. I found every episode to be hilarious, often rewinding bits to immediately watch them again (the aforementioned ‘teaching cockney’ scene being a prime example) and have now watched the entire series twice…laughing just as much on a 2nd viewing.
If you like your comedy lewd, crude, sweary, silly and irreverent, then please give Year of the Rabbit a go. We could all do with more laughs in our lives.
Year of the Rabbit will be released on July 22nd 2019.
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