A surreal, ambient mix of bleak comedy sketches.
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2000  
2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Brass Eye (1997–2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Controversal spoof of current affairs television, and the role of celebrity in the UK.

Stars: Christopher Morris, Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon
The Day Today (TV Mini-Series 1994)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A spoof of the British style of news broadcasting - including ridiculous stories, patronising vox pops, offensively hard-hitting research and a sports presenter clearly struggling for metaphors.

Stars: Christopher Morris, Steve Coogan, Patrick Marber
Nathan Barley (2005)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

After publishing a rant about 'idiots' - frantically hip, ignorant scenesters - Dan Ashcroft finds these same people embracing him as his idol and his nerves constantly tested by his biggest fan, moronic scene personality Nathan Barley.

Stars: Nicholas Burns, Julian Barratt, Claire Keelan
Big Train (1998–2002)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A British sketch comedy show where people in ordinary situations suddenly find themselves in absurd situations.

Stars: Kevin Eldon, Mark Heap, Simon Pegg
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Disaster after disaster, an already frail man descends into madness after his talking dog announces that he is actually his defence lawyer.

Director: Christopher Morris
Stars: Paddy Considine, Miranda Pleasence, Simon Greenall
Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (TV Series 2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The exciting return to television of the comedians comedian Stewart Lee.

Stars: Stewart Lee, Christopher Morris, Paul Putner
Screenwipe (2006–2009)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Satirical TV show critique.

Stars: Charlie Brooker, Al Campbell, David Firth
The Armando Iannucci Shows (TV Series 2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Observations of society and life by Armando Iannucci in comedy sketches and narration.

Stars: Armando Iannucci, Hugh Cecil, Karen Ascoe
Snuff Box (TV Mini-Series 2006)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two hangmen (Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher) compete for women, money and happiness, venturing deeper in the ocean of depravity than any friends should in a whiskey-fuelled, cross-cultural friendship.

Stars: Matt Berry, Rich Fulcher, Terry Wade
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

This parody series is an unearthed 80s horror/drama, complete with poor production values, awful dialogue and hilarious violence. The series is set in a Hospital in Romford, which is situated over the gates of Hell.

Stars: Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness
Comedy | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Alan Partridge hosts his own chat show on the BBC. He insults and belittles almost all of his guests and is humiliated by the rest.

Stars: Steve Coogan, Rebecca Front, Patrick Marber
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A comedic documentary series in which Charlie Brooker uses a mix of sketches and jaw-dropping archive footage to explore the gulf between real life and television.

Stars: Charlie Brooker, Liz May Brice, Kevin Eldon
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Christopher Morris ...  Chris / ... 6 episodes, 2000
Amelia Bullmore ...  Alison Shive / ... 6 episodes, 2000
David Cann David Cann ...  Dr. Michael Perlin / ... 6 episodes, 2000
Julia Davis ...  Receptionist / ... 6 episodes, 2000
Kevin Eldon ...  Doorman / ... 6 episodes, 2000
Mark Heap ...  Mr. Ventham / ... 6 episodes, 2000
Edit

Storyline

A collection of bleakly dark comedy sketches pushing the boundaries of taste, decency and television in general, shot using new and different techniques and fading slowly in and out of each other against a slow musical soundtrack. Regular themes include death, insanity and, most often of all, the medical profession. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Apes & Music See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

TalkBack Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

English-French avant pop band Stereolab lifted lines from each episode for their song "Nothing to Do with Me", which can be heard from their 2001 album ''Sound-Dust''. See more »

Goofs

During the Thick Agency sketch in episode 1, the CCTV footage of Julia Davis approaching the help desk shows both the boom mic and camera operators standing behind her. The camera is visible again moments later in the sketch, reflected in the help desk's window. See more »

Quotes

Businessman: I provide a service despatching stupid people for the things they're best at. Like winning arguments. Stupid people are great at winning arguments because they're too stupid to realize they've lost.
See more »

Alternate Versions

"jaaaaam" was a 'remixed' version of the series, made to be viewed later at night. Effects like vapour trails, making speech further out of sync, and filming scenes played out on a TV screen made the episodes even woozier than usual. The sound mix was also slightly changed, with some sound effects removed and others added. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

He'll Have To Go
Written by Joe Allison (uncredited) and Audrey Allison (uncredited)
Performed by Jim Reeves
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Dark, disturbing, often "unfunny"...yet consistently excellent.
15 July 2014 | by mkm-hermanjnrSee all my reviews

I have a unique relationship with Jam, as I'm sure many other viewers do too.

Never before Jam have I watched a comedy show which remains completely compelling even though I found that a good 70% of the sketches weren't conventionally "funny".

That's not to say the series isn't amusing: it is, frequently. A few sketches did have me laughing out loud. But more often than not it produces hushed, disquieted laughs that you almost feel ashamed for producing.

This is to the show's credit, since it deliberately possesses a uniquely weird and disturbing atmosphere. Sketches frequently take familiar situations or concepts and bury them under an insane haze that seems equal parts bad drug trip and delirious nightmare. The visuals and sound frequently distort, rendering even "simple" sketch setups creepy or unusual.

There is almost always an intelligent thought or meaning behind the bleak tone and disorientating effects. One of my favourite sketches features a well-to-do man narrating a story regarding a man's absurd suicide attempt and provides a surprisingly poignant satire of lacklustre mental health care and bystander apathy in society.

The cast is great - Mark Heap is one of my favourite actors/comics, and gives another splendid performance in his varied roles here. Morris' writing and performance is top notch, as is David Cann's and...well, pretty much everyone, really.

The intro clips also bear mention: each episode is opened with Morris performing a very dark and disjointed poetic monologue linking the (usually horrific) fates of several characters. The intros are universally fantastic and really show off the talent of Morris at his best.

The show does have disadvantages: chiefly, the sketch content sometimes goes over borders many viewers will be uncomfortable with. Indeed, sketches featuring disabled people and child abuse/death are quite common, and are universally shocking.

However, if you think you can stomach taboo humour and have a mind open to such an unusual programme, I highly recommend it. It's likely that in between the guilty laughs and shocked silences, you'll find you take away an appreciation for the atmosphere and some of the questions the pitch black humour poses.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed