Morgana Robinson’s The Agency is the comedienne’s first solo impressions show, fimled in the style of a documentary series following a number of telvision and radio celebrities who come in and out of a casting agency, run by Cavan Clerkin.
Her impressions include Natalie Cassidy, Russell Brand, Danny Dyer, Mel and Sue, Fearne Cotton, Gregg Wallace, Adele and Joanna Lumley. Her take on Fearne Cotton is spot-on, but do you really need that? Her range of characters is limited to people you don’t really care about, most of which turn out like a parody of a parody, while many aren’t great. And her male characters are just her voice with male make-up on.
Meanwhile, the writing is poor, leading to very forgettable situations. Morgana Robinson was fine in House of Fools with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, but then there was great writing from Vic & Bob.
Morgana said on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, yesterday, how Cassidy loves her impression of her, with her doing an impression of Morgana doing an impression of her… if you can follow that.
Oh, and I’ve also seen the second episode and it doesn’t improve, while the 1/10 goes to Perry Benson, as Natalie’s father, since he’s brilliant in everything.
Morgana Robinson’s The Agency continues next Monday on BBC2 at 10pm, but is not yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD. If you missed it, you can watch the episode on BBC iPlayer, up until October 26th, and click on the top image in this review for the full-size version.
Episode 1 Score: 1/10
Director: Tom McKay
Producer: Jack Bayles
Writers: Jack Bayles, Matt Morgan, Sarah Morgan, Nico Tatarowicz and Neil Webster
Narrator: Clare Skinner