So many new comedies aired in the UK between October and December that we decided to split our recommendations into two parts.
Part 1 featured Sick Of It, There She Goes, The Bisexual and Women On The Verge…
This dark comedy, a co-production between Sky Atlantic and HBO, is Julia Davis at her filthily funny best. It follows timid Sally (Catherine Shepherd) as she ditches her dull fiancé (Alex Macqueen) for free-spirited Emma (Julia Davis)… but it isn’t long before Emma reveals herself to be a selfish, controlling monster. Equal parts hilarious and horrifying, Sally4Ever is a must-see for those who are able to stomach Davis’ unique brand of twisted humour. It also has a top-notch supporting cast including Julian Barratt and Felicity Montagu, as well as guest appearances from Vicki Pepperdine, Mark Gatiss and Sean Bean.
The Reluctant Landlord
Romesh Ranganathan writes and stars in this Sky One sitcom about a man begrudgingly running a pub after his dad left it to him in his will. Taking inspiration from a real-life experience, as he did actually inherit his father’s pub when he died, Ranganathan proves to be very likeable in the lead role and he’s joined by Sian Gibson playing his wife, plus Nick Helm and Marek Larwood as some of the pub’s oddball patrons. The Reluctant Landlord is an easy, enjoyable watch and Sky has already ordered a second series.
This fun BBC mockumentary, which strikes a similar tone to W1A, revolves around the staff of fictional Welsh tourist agency Wow! Wales – from the head office in Cardiff to an information centre in Aberystwyth. Sally Phillips plays clueless Elaine Gibbons, who’s been appointed CEO of the agency despite having not set foot in Wales for 47 and a half years, and among the rest of the cast are Welsh comedians Elis James and Tudur Owen. The BBC has announced that a second series is on the way, so now is the time to catch up with series one.
In this BBC1 sitcom pilot from Tom Davis and James De Frond, creators of the ingeniously silly Murder In Successville, Essex builder Gary King (Tom Davis) resolves to make his annual barbecue the best one his crescent has ever seen after he finds out that new neighbour Stuart (Romesh Ranganathan) has unwittingly organised one for the same day. The rival barbecue might be a low-key event for Stuart’s wife’s birthday, but Gary takes it as a declaration of war. Simon Day plays Gary’s competitive dad ‘Big Gary’ while Laura Checkley is on hilarious form as Gary’s TOWIE-esque wife. The pilot is a lot of fun and there’s a lot of comedy to be mined from people trying to get one up on their neighbours, so here’s hoping a series will be commissioned.