Did anyone see C4’s comedy showcase Campus the other night? I thought that it was pretty amusing but was a bit disappointed that it didn’t really capture the sense of what working in a university is like. Inevitably the show only has a few characters who are spread through a variety of academic and support departments. Where I think it gets it wrong is that they all know each other. The sense of looming bureaucracy and competing tribes and departments is missing, which is a shame as I’m sure there is a lot of comedy in this. If they ever make another episode I’ll watch and see if it improves.
If you are looking for university based humour you should make sure you check out the flawless A Very Peculiar Practice. Although a little dated it still captures the experience of university as workplace better than anything else I’ve seen.
Any other suggestions?