According To Bex, BBC1

by | Jan 7, 2005 | All, Reviews

What to say if you like it

A mix of Bridget Jones, The Office and Sex And The City…

What to say if you dislike it

… but without one iota of wit or integrity

What was good about it?

• It didn’t star Sarah Alexander (Coupling, Worst Week Of My Life and every other urban single female sitcom). Zoe Wanamaker isn’t in it either.

• Jessica Stevenson is in it.

What was bad about it?

• Jessica Stevenson shouldn’t be in it. She deserves more than this plodding claptrap that is only slightly better than Mad About Alice and, sadly, no better than the horrendous My Family

• Nothing is funny about it, right from the opening scene (poking fun at shopping channels – yawn)

• The contrived video diary and vox pops could have worked, if they had been funny, but they were purely embarrassing interruptions to the, err, plot

• None of the charcters were the least bit convincing, although Clive Russell did his best as the charming dad and we quite liked the office nerd who complained: “Someone changed my screensaver.”

• The least convincing was Greg Wise as the smug boss, resorting to exaggerated body language in a flailing bid to make something of the “character.”

• Bex works in a glitzy media firm. How original is that?

• The first episode had a speed dating storyline. How 2001 is that?

• Unlike anyone else in London, Bex dresses like Rene Zellwegger as Bridget Jones. How blatant is that?

• Quality actors Raquel Cassidy (Teachers) and Zita Sattar (Casualty) were woefully under-used in the rush to focus on Bridget, sorry, Bex

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles

07/01/2005

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