The Time of Your Life, ITV1

by | Jun 18, 2007 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

A Girlfriend In A Coma drama that’s almost as good as a Girlfriend In A Coma pop song.

What was good about it?

• ITV dramas are usually full of implausible plots, unlikely characters and far-fetched twists – this one avoided all of that, remaining plausible and intelligent throughout. None of the characters were especially likeable or dislikable – just like real life.

• A solid cast, led by Genevieve O’Reilly doing a good job as coma girl Kate, and veterans Geraldine James and Robert Pugh hitting the right mood as her shocked parents.

• Olivia Colman (playing prim) and Jemima Rooper (playing nice) are in to, too, and we love them.

• The mystery of the night that Kate had her accident after a sixth-form leaving party is an intriguing accompaniment to the main storyline in which Kate makes up for lost time and gawps in amazement at all the innovations that arrived while she laid in her bed.

What was bad about it?

• When we said it was plausible, we’ll make an exception for the scene when Kate wakes after 18 years and manages to remove all her tubes and needles before walking to the bathroom.

• Our least favourite characters were the spoilt brat sister and the long-haired bloke who showed his arse a couple of times.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles


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