What to say if you liked it
It’s the best Friday night BBC1 sitcom for years. Better even than Eyes Down, My Family, Wild West, All About Me, Office Gossip…
What to say if you dislike it
While Martin Clunes and Caroline Quentin shine in decent, proper dramas, Neil Morrissey is still having to churn out his tired Jack the Lad routine. But at least he’s doing better than Leslie Ash with all her superbug/superlips/slimy husband problems
What’s good about it?
• The title sequence. If you are going to plagiarise, it’s a good idea to nick good stuff. In this case, it’s the typography of Cold Feet and the special effects Top Of The Pops used in the 1970s when a glam rock act was on
• Mark Williams as Barry’s made Kirk, even though his boring, fact-filled Mid-lander character seems to have been stolen from Auf Wiedersehen, Pet’s Barry
• Michelle Gomez as Carrie’s beautician colleague. (“Let’s improve the lives of the ugly people”)
• The frosty relationship between the stepmother and stepdaughter, although that melted at the end, which was disappointing
• Carrie being forced to make a video denying that her self-inflicted black eye was the result of a wife beating but turning it into one of those desperate pleas that hostages make
• Barry’s Heath Robinson invention intended to give him a black eye, too
What’s bad about it?
• The canned laughter
• The burping ringtone on Barry’s mobile
• The similarities with My Family (eg wife having to cope with juvenile husband, teenage daughter’s boyf troubles)
• Some of the jokes were shoehorned in, just like in Frank Skinner’s abysmal Shane
• It’s the sort of stuff BBC1 has been churning out for years. Isn’t it time we got some innovation?