Morbid Sitcom Premiere Delights with a Standing Ovation – Review

Those of you that follow Blazing Minds on social media will have seen us mention the Premiere of Morbid Sitcom on the 19 October, when we headed over to the StoryHouse in Chester for an exclusive viewing of the first episode titled “The Pilot“.

So today we are bringing you a look at the Premiere with some fantastic photographs from the evening courtesy of Paul Warburton Photography, plus our thoughts on the first episode of the independently made episode that we are so proud to have been invited to.

Morbid Premiere (Courtesy Paul Warburton Photography)

Morbid Premiere (Courtesy Paul Warburton Photography)

October the 19th was the night of the Morbid Premiere and we were honoured to have been asked along by one of the writers, Michael Dee, the evening started with us arriving at the lovely StoryHouse in Chester, the old cinema that has been revamped and redesigned as a stunning venue for theatre, cinema and of course a place to hold a premiere.

Morbid Premiere (Courtesy Paul Warburton Photography)

Morbid Premiere (Courtesy Paul Warburton Photography)

The Morbid Premiere took place on the fourth floor in a rather quaint screening room that was entered via a lovely furnished lounge with a bar for drinks before, during and after the premiere, guests mingled with each other and with the cast and crew of Morbid, I have to say that the venue was a perfect place to hold the premiere.

After a short while, we entered the screening room, with its stadium seating the room was packed with everyone waiting to see the pilot episode, which was perfectly entitled, “The Pilot”, but not for the reason you may first think. After a short while and after an introduction and thanks the lights dimmed and a short film was shown about how Morbid was put together, it’s been an 11-year project for Michael and it was brilliant to finally see that his vision has now become a finished project, well the first episode anyway.

Full house at StoryHouse at the Morbid Premiere (Courtesy Paul Warburton Photography)

Full house at StoryHouse at the Morbid Premiere (Courtesy Paul Warburton Photography)

Morbid Premiere had Laughs and Tears

So to Morbid itself, right from the start, you can see the heart and soul that has gone into the production, the comic timing of the writing is outstanding, the cast is perfectly picked for the parts they play, I was in stitches with Elric Cadwallader‘s character with his new age outlook to the funeral business, Michael Dee and Kerry Sirrell who play the Mike Harvey and Ashley Harvey have such a brilliant on-screen presence and certainly make their performances give the viewer the feeling of real siblings.

Mike and Ashely have been left the Departures Funeral Directors after their parents pass away in the first episode. The siblings suddenly realise that it’s now up to them to keep the family business afloat and stop it from becoming a laughing stock.

It’s down to Mike to hire two new candidates to help them with the business, but finding the right people for the job is something that Mike may not be the right man for the job! Also finding a replacement hearse at such short notice is another problem that faces them, but will they make the business work or have they bitten off more than they know!

Morbid has some brilliantly written characters, all with their own unique quirks that make them wonderful to watch in this true British comedy that takes us back to those days when British Comedy TV was in its heyday, Morbid has the comedy that will not only make you titter it will have you blasting out full belly laughs. But of course, with the subject matter, there are those teary moments that are beautifully written and performed by the cast.

Cast Q&A at the Morbid Premiere (Courtesy Paul Warburton Photography)

Cast Q&A at the Morbid Premiere (Courtesy Paul Warburton Photography)

The first funeral that Departures do in the first episode doesn’t go all to plan and although funerals may not be funny, it is shot brilliantly and isn’t done in bad taste, I found myself laughing out loud during moments with the Vicar (played by Phil Woods) as he tries to cope with those unwanted moments at a funeral as Mike, Ashely, Elric and Dave (played by Grant Ryan Lenton)

Phill Woods at the Morbid Premiere (Courtesy Paul Warburton Photography)

Phil Woods at the Morbid Premiere (Courtesy Paul Warburton Photography)

Take The Cake Productions have done a stunning job on the production of Morbid, from the costumes, music, locations, cast and overall feel of the first episode and on the evening of the Premiere we were so pleased to hear during the Q&A with the cast that the announcement that Morbid will be getting four seasons and Christmas Special, which we posted out on our Facebook Live on the night, great news and I can’t wait to see how the show runs after seeing the brilliant first episode.

Cast at the Morbid Premiere (Courtesy Paul Warburton Photography)

Cast at the Morbid Premiere (Courtesy Paul Warburton Photography)

After the Cast Q&A, the cast was given a riotous applause and standing ovation for the production of Morbid and I have to say that it was well deserved, Morbid is a brilliant piece of work and is an upcoming show that will delight comedy fans, but don’t just take our word for it, on the 26th October it has been announced that the first episode, “The Pilot” will be released to the public and of course, we will bring you the episode here on Blazing Minds for you all to enjoy the brilliant work of the Cast, Crew and everyone behind Morbid the Sitcom.

Morbid an Independent Sitcom
  • A well-deserved standing-ovation
5

Summary

Writers Michael Dee and Elric Cadwallader have produced a brilliant piece of British comedy that harkens back to the days of well balanced and entertaining TV comedy gold, an upcoming TV series that will delight and bring smiles to many people’s faces.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham