The Unofficial Science of Home Alone review – what, no charred skeletons?

The Unofficial Science of Home Alone review – what, no charred skeletons?

This testing of the Christmas classic’s violent scenes – from head-smashing paint pots to high-voltage shocks – would have been better if James Acaster and Guz Khan did less wisecracking and more suffering

Murderous pranks … James Acaster recreates a classic scene in The Unofficial Science of Home Alone.
Murderous pranks … James Acaster recreates a classic scene in The Unofficial Science of Home Alone. Photograph: Matt Frost/Fremantle/Sky UK

The good news, then, is that Sky’s new Christmas special The Unofficial Science of Home Alone nails this tone to perfection. It is ostensibly a show where comedians James Acaster and Guz Khan recreate all the main stunts from Home Alone to see if any of them are survivable. But there’s melancholy, too, because watching it makes me really miss Mythbusters.

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