‘Mr. Susan’ in the “Mirror World” – this scene from the BBC’s The Mighty Boosh is a pretty good introduction to this cult BBC TV show. The show, the surreal adventures of two London zookeepers’, features DIY production and costume design that owes a lot to comedian Noel Fielding, one of the show’s two actor/writers. Fielding is a non-traditional stand-up comedian with a background in visual art. You can instantly feel the influence of installation, conceptual and video art in the series. These are some of the most interesting interiors and sets I’ve seen on the small screen.
The music, by the duo’s Julian Barrett, is equally madcap and accomplished. They say a Boosh album and film will be coming out in 2011 or 2012. [Update: halfway through 2014, this has still not materialized.] Generally I don’t have a ‘favourite’ anything, because usually it means comparing apples and oranges and, say, canteloupe. But this is by far my favourite show on television. Of any decade.
Its design genius extends even to the title sequence:
The Mighty Boosh costumes are assembled by costume designers Annie Hardinge, June Nevin and Christine Cant, in collaboration with Noel Fielding. [A commenter below points out that Christine Cant, the make-up designer, made the fantastic Mr. Susan and Cobra costumes (Cant talks about this in one of the videos below).] The show’s production design is by James Dillon.
If you haven’t seen The Mighty Boosh, find it on YouTube. And give it a chance–entry into the world of the Mighty Boosh is a bit slow. For MB fans there are some excellent “Making of” videos below. See also previous Boosh posts: Noel Fielding and his Moon character.
(Note Roger Daltrey vacuuming near the end)