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My Life in Film - If only life were your favorite film

Is your "ordinary" life really that different from a massive Hollywood blockbuster? The undiscovered comedy series My Life in Film is a fabulous must-see for any film lover.

One of the most underrated series I've ever seen was plagued by a very short run time and has been forgotten afterwards. My Life in Film is the name of the British comedy series by a film fanatic, about a film fanatic, for film fanatics, film lovers and all kinds of fans of British situation comedy. Arthur (Kris Marshall) is a young man in his twenties. Day after day he goes through his everyday life, works in a cinema, worries about the rent and tries his hand at driving a license. He also has wild imaginations and may have seen a movie or two too many (or too few) films in his life. Each episode of the series shows another period in Arthur's everyday life in which he easily loses control of his imagination. Thus, the driving test turns into an aerial battle from Top Gun and the neighbor, who is arguing with his wife, is equal to the murderer from The Window to the Courtyard. Each episode is similar to a different classic film. Unfortunately, the series was canceled after a season of only six episodes. But the existing episodes are 30-minute fun each for fans of The Window to the Courtyard, Shining, Top Gun, Little Murders Among Friends, Eight and a Half and Butch Cassidy, and the Sundance Kid.

The best film is right under your nose

British screenwriter Mark Chappell is best known today for his work on The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret or his new Netflix series with Will Arnett, Flaked. However, in the early 2000s, he was still an avid TV writer with no real work experience whose idea for a Channel 4 series was turned down. In Chappell's eyes, this had nothing to do with poor quality. The world wasn't ready for his art. So he retired to his simple life, working in the cinema, watching movies and waiting for the day when his genius would be recognized. It was clear to him then. He was supposed to become the film character of his first series and each episode would be nothing more than a seemingly boring everyday life that parodies his favorite films in a sympathetic way. He named the character Arthur, got the BBC excited about his series called My Life in Film, and the fun began - with the filming of his own life.

My life is a movie (or just a series)

Kris Marshall in Traffic Light, Andrew Scott in Sherlock

Arthur calls himself Art and describes himself as an independent filmmaker on the verge of a breakthrough, although he has never got a film project off the ground. Each episode begins with Art gossiping a stranger with the plot of a film. A plot that he lived through himself in the course of the episode.

In every episode of My Life in Film, he is accompanied by the only person who can stand up to his film chatter, his roommate and best friend Jones, who is played by a young Andrew Scott (Moriarty from Sherlock). Also there is Jones' friend Beth, who hardly tolerates Art's ridiculous adventures and his film fanaticism and is embodied by Alice Lowe. Both fall into the roles of the secondary characters in Arts parody experiences again and again. In the Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid episode, Art and Jones run away from a gang of thugs that their landlord has put on them. In the Shining episode, Art smashes the bathroom door with an ax while Jones stands behind it and screeches. In the Little Murders Among Friends episode, Art, Beth, and Jones come across the corpse of a fish they forgot to feed in a neighbor's apartment.

Art usually takes himself and the situations he gets into more seriously than all the other participants in his environment put together. In the window to the courtyard episode, he suspects that his neighbor is a murderer and decides to search his garbage for evidence, while Jones is waiting in the getaway car. When the neighbor steps outside and catches Art in the middle of his garbage bags, Art flees to the car in panic and screams "Go, Go, Go!", jumps in hastily - and Jones chokes when starting off. The harmless neighbor observes this failed attempt to escape in total confusion. In addition to the parody elements, the series is filled to the brim with such comedy moments.

More movies than you can ever watch and still only six episodes

Although the innovative concept of the series is simply ingenious, the ratings remained too low to dare a second season of My Life in Film. Aside from the unnatural frenzy of Arts and some trite comedy clich├ęs (which are still hilarious), there were hardly any criticisms of the series. The cancellation of My Life in Film may be due to the fact that it already had too little attention at the beginning of its run and not been on TV long enough to be discovered by viewers. The fans who have come across My Life in Film in recent years have always been very enthusiastic. I hope you like this series tip too, and who knows, if My Life in Film gains popularity and Mark Chappell's career continues as it has before, it could one day reboot.