James Dreyfus, Emily Joyce, Hugh Dennis, Geraldine McNulty, Philip Whitchurch, A bunch of crappy jokes, A studio audience presumably laughing at a little anecdote they all shared prior to taping the show and not as a result of anything they witnessed during filming
Written by: Gary Lawson & John Phelps
Directed by: John Stroud
Janet – “What is wrong with you?You’ve been a one man wrecking ball all week.”
WHAT IS IT?
It’s the final episode of long-running British shit... erm sit-com, My Hero, before it was finally put out of its misery.For those lucky enough to have missed this particular series, it revolves around the adventures of alien super hero Thermoman as he adjusts to family life on Earth.For those lucky enough to have missed this particular episode, it revolves around the adventures of alien super hero Thermoman as he ‘hilariously’ adjusts to his powers malfunctioning.
GOOD IDEA/BAD IDEA:
Although not based on a comic, the idea of an alien super hero adjusting to life on Earth was not an unfamiliar one, so as premises went, it had the potential to build upon the daily occurrences mere mortals took for granted.As was the popularity of the show (God only knows why!?) it ran for six seasons on BBC One, including a Christmas special, so somebody must have been watching it (or leaving their TVs on BBC One at the same time each week when they went out).After the fifth season Ardal O’Hanlon, the original actor that played Thermoman, left the show and for the final season his replacement was Gimme Gimme Gimme actor James Dreyfus.Although the character’s change of appearance was explained within the context of the series, audiences failed to accept the new direction the show had taken and after a drop in ratings and a move to a Sunday tea-time slot, My Hero was axed.
WHAT’S THE STORY?
Thermoman’s (Dreyfus) having difficulty with his powers.Everywhere he goes he seems to cause disruption, disorder and the intense feeling of discomfort.The reason for this could be because his body needs a routine check-up due to a lack of self-confidence...or it could be because he’s aware that he’s the star of a crappy TV comedy that is devoid of any humorous material.Either way, things are not going too well for the Ultronian super hero and so after a quick bit of tinkering with his noggin he suddenly feels on top of the world.Believing he’s back in control of his own body he starts dishing out advice to everyone he meets in order to improve their lives.
At first people take onboard what he suggests, but then they quickly realise that taking advice from a super hero who appears in an unfunny TV comedy show is about as worthwhile as taking advice from a ‘reformed’ alcoholic who’s been quietly eating all the liqueurs in a box of chocolates.Thankfully it doesn’t matter, because the rules of a TV sitcom state ‘all problems created within a story must be resolved by the end of each episode so not to upset the careful balance of the premise and alienate the audience who are content with minimal change’.With Thermoman already aware that his audience are less than pleased with his ‘recent changes’, he waits for his fail-safe to kick in, which blows off his head and returns him to normal.
With things back the way they were prior to the start of this particular adventure, the audience of TV show My Hero realise that they have wasted six years of their lives and they finally switch over to ITV 1.... to watch a reality show with a Z-list celebrity.
HERO TO ZERO: *My Hero was not the only BBC sitcom that ran for a lengthy period of time without being funny; The Last Of The Summer Wine achieved it for years and that show never had any jokes.
*After watching an episode of My Hero it is believed that many people felt as if they had literally died and gone to hell.It’s never actually been proven if this has happened to anyone, simply because most people who have seen My Hero prefer not to talk about it.