The first episode that airs this evening (Wednesday the 24th August) on Sky 1 at 21:00 is essentially an introduction to the characters and theme and shows real promise for the rest of the series. Each character is played superbly and as most comedy fans will agree, the characters are everything in a good long running comedy.
Dan (played by Daniel Ryan) is a typical Northern working man who works for himself as a plumber. In the first episode he appears to be popular with ladies much to his wife Lisa’s (played by Sally Lindsay) disgust. Lisa’s parents (Sue and Barry) are played superbly by Pauline Collins & Bobby Ball and I’m certainly looking forward to how these two characters develop through the series. Bobby Ball appears to be a born and effortless comedic actor that brings his comedy timing perfectly to the series.
Other characters include Lisa’s boss Shelley (played by Angela Griffin) and her dippy work mate Denise (played by Ainsley Howard) who play’s a perfectly believable dim office girl. The main cast is finished off with the neighbours that include man-eater Bianca (played by Sian Reeves), Lisa and Dan’s new next door neighbour Jack (played by Owen McDonnell) and recently widowed Kate (played by Liza Tarbuck) who has just opened a new cafe with her husbands life insurance.
All in all, this is a superb new comedy that shows real promise and hats off to Sky for investing in new comedy. It’s witty, clever and current and with a batch of highly likeable characters it should do very well. With more new comedy to come from Sky in the coming months it’s happy days for comedy fans with subscription TV.