The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk is AXED by BBC Two after three years

ALISON BOSHOFF: The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk is AXED by BBC Two after three years

Not even an appearance by the genius that is Vic Reeves has been able to save quirky BBC2 comedy The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk.

The show, nominated for a BAFTA in 2019 and starring Spencer Jones as wannabe stand-up Clunkerdunk, has been ditched after two series. 

Jones, who also wrote the show, may not have helped his cause by breaking the fourth wall in the final scene of the second series. 

Oh dear: The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk nominated for a BAFTA in 2019 and starring Spencer Jones as wannabe stand-up Clunkerdunk, has been ditched after two series

He said to the audience: ‘Don’t watch this! It’s just a stupid comedy show. Get yourself out there and immerse yourself in another culture, such as theatre.’

The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk followed Herbert, a man constantly distracted by his imagination. 

Normal everyday tasks become difficult for him as he imagines talking shoes, talking doors, a talking watch, and other crazy characters. 

The Daily Mail’s TV reviewer Christopher Stevens gave the series a three star rating when it aired in 2019. 

Unsusual: The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk followed Herbert, a man constantly distracted by his imagination 

He penned: ‘No one can accuse Spencer Jones of being formulaic in The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk (BBC2), a surreal little sitcom about a suburban dad whose imagination keeps kidnapping him and dragging him away on peculiar excursions.

‘One minute Spencer is playing with the children, the next he is being serenaded by a row of Wellington boots in the hallway. 

‘The bursts of song sound like vintage Kenny Everett radio jingles, which is great, and they are often cleverly set up to look like MTV videos from the Nineties.

Struggle: Normal everyday tasks become difficult for him as he imagines talking shoes, talking doors, a talking watch, and other crazy characters

‘With so much inspired lunacy to cram in to each ten-minute episode, it is a shame the main joke of the first show was about stepping in dog muck.

‘Anyone can do low, cheap gags — Spencer has a chance to prove that his humour is unique, and he needs to show more confidence.

‘My favourite routine was the front door that slammed shut and then got abusive, shouting football chants with its letterbox flapping. Doors can be like that.’

Oops: Jones, who also wrote the show, may not have helped his cause by breaking the fourth wall in the final scene of the second series

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