What to say if you liked it
Another triumph for Russell T Davies after Queer As Folk, Bob And Rose, The Second Coming. And a fantastic opening in which the characters were established without all the usual first-episode clumsiness and there was still plenty of time for the plot to race along
What to say if you disliked it
It’s all pretty nonsensical
What was good about it?
• A lot of feelgood/feelbad storylines bubbled away nicely, embracing infidelity, marital strife, teen dreams, poverty, shattered dreams, ambitions realised and more
• The vivid Maria with her massive eyes and hidden intelligence
• The gay character Leo avoided all the usual stereotypes, being a determined businessman rather than a disco bunny. He’s TV’s best gay Welshman since… Dafydd from Little Britain.
• Although it was all very Welsh, it wasn’t clichéd at all – no leeks, rugby players or choirs
• Griff Rhys Jones didn’t annoy us as much as he usually does
• The future plots were set up nicely now that Griff’s Max Vivaldi has discovered his family owns the whole of Swansea
• Ruth Madoc did a good little cameo as the bitter old bag. “My life has been a string of disappointments like a plastic necklace.”
• There was some great writing. Like this: “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there’s no shame in a shop cake. Sometimes the density of fat in mass production is exactly what you need.”
• And this: Danny – “Do you know where I can find, um, it’s called a scanner. It takes photographs of documents so you can email them?” Leo – “Tell you what. Go down the hill to Mumbles Road, turn left, go straight ahead and keep going for 200 miles until you reach England where they have technology. Or you can go upstairs and use mine.”
• Matthew Barry, who plays Leo, looks like Warren off Musicality. Which is good.
What was bad about it?
• It was horribly noisy at first (not helped by the high-pitched, singy songy Welsh accent), which almost drove us away.
• It’s a bit like Darling Buds Of Mayhem, with a crusty Knightsbridge valuer taking the place of the timid tax inspector in the fish-out-of-water role
• The title sequence is like one of those stupid ITV1 pre-programme trailers they ditched recently
• Candy’s explosion after her Pop Idol audition flop was nowhere near as funny as the real rants.
• The plinky plonky music