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7 items from 2017

Peter Kay's Car Share: a rare treat of a sitcom

3 May 2017 1:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Gem Wheeler May 3, 2017

With series two over and no further episodes on the horizon, we salute funny, warm, clever sitcom Peter Kay's Car Share...

Everyday life may be full of funny moments, but it’s fair to say that most of them aren’t found during the commute to work; traffic jams, roadworks and incompetent drivers raise stress levels like little else. The prospect of watching two people make small talk in a confined space as inane radio jingles play gooseberry in the background doesn’t sound like a promising start for a comedy series. Yet somehow, Peter Kay's Car Share won a huge audience for its first series on BBC One back in 2015. After a dramatic ending to its second run this week, fans were desperate to learn what would become of star-crossed couple John and Kayleigh’s burgeoning romance, only to have those hopes dashed when star, co-writer »

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Tuesday’s best TV: The Break Up; Horizon – Why Did I Go Mad?

1 May 2017 10:09 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A divorcing couple allow cameras to follow them around; new insights into the voices and hallucinations of schizophrenia. Plus: the final episode of Peter Kay’s Car Share

If your marriage has broken up and you’re at war with your ex over the children, letting cameras follow your family for 18 months seems like a brave initiative. Luckily for inquisitive viewers, this is what divorcees Steve and Terri-Anne – who aren’t on speaking terms – have decided to do. Family mediator Victoria Hewitt is on hand to manage the explosion when Steve brings his new wife to a meeting, while Terri-Anne’s mum gives her view on their breakup. Honesty all round. Hannah Verdier

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- Hannah Verdier, John Robinson, Hannah J Davies, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Andrew Mueller, Jonathan Wright and Paul Howlett

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Tuesday’s best TV: Single Mums Club; Don’t Ask Me Ask Britain

24 April 2017 10:09 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Cliche-fighting documentary that follows a group of single mums in Liverpool; new live primetime panel show with viewer-at-home interaction. Plus: Peter Kay’s Car Share continues

Hot on the heels of Cherry Healey’s illuminating BBC iPlayer doc about single motherhood, Channel 4 delves into the lives of those bringing up a baby alone. Cameras follow a group of Liverpool mothers who are flying solo, but banding together: Sarah is studying for a degree as well as working full-time, Mel is off benefits and Carmen is repairing her life after drug addiction. A doc that fights tabloid cliches in touching fashion. Hannah J Davies

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- Hannah J Davies, Jack Seale, Graeme Virtue, John Robinson, Mark Gibbings-Jones, David Stubbs, Ben Arnold and Paul Howlett

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The week in TV: Peter Kay’s Car Share; The Knowledge; Guerrilla; Broadchurch; Line of Duty

15 April 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The warm wit of Peter Kay and the big brains of taxi drivers offered a welcome hit of car-bound comfort, while Guerrilla was a valuable poke in the ribs

Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC1) | iPlayer

The Knowledge: The World’s Toughest Taxi Test (C4) | All 4

Guerrilla (Sky)

Broadchurch (ITV) | ITV Hub

Line of Duty (BBC1) | iPlayer

For a couple of hours last week, Britain didn’t seem such a bad place after all. Despite all the… stuff. This was achieved, will wonders never cease, by a couple of programmes about, essentially, driving.

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- Euan Ferguson

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Our Friend Victoria review: a lovefest in honour of a silly, sweet and brilliant talent

11 April 2017 11:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

You won’t learn much in this tribute to VictoriaWood, but you’ll chuckle and feel warm in that uniquely BBC way. Plus: Peter Kay’s Car Share, a direct descendant of her brand of comedy

‘Inspiring, funny, genius, unique.” So says Maxine Peake of Victoria Wood in Our Friend Victoria (BBC1, 9.30pm), the first of a six-part tribute to the great comedian, actress, pianist, singer, director, screenwriter, and owner of the coolest pudding bowl haircut in history (actually, are there any others?). It’s hard to believe it’s only been a year since Vic – as everyone from Richard E Grant to Celia Imrie calls her – died at the age of 62. God, she was great. And God, things have fallen apart since we lost our friend from the north.

This is a lovefest in the time-honoured BBC tradition. Lots of fond, gentle and uncontroversial reminiscences trotted out by the usual suspects. »

- Chitra Ramaswamy

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Peter Kay: comedy grafter gets back in the driving seat | Michael Hogan

8 April 2017 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The crowd-pleasing performer who runs all his gags past his mother returns with the Bafta award-winning Car Share

‘I’ll pick you up for work in the morning.” “Don’t be daft, it’s miles out of your way.” “I know. But maybe some things are worth going out of your way for.” And as our hero drives off with an infectiously soppy grin spreading across his face, Reo Speedwagon’s Can’t Fight This Feeling comes on the car stereo.

This, of course, is Peter Kay’s Car Share. The Boltonian’s sitcom about the daily commute of two supermarket employees returns this week for its eagerly awaited second series – complete with a surprise cameo from Elbow’s frontman Guy Garvey in the opening episode.

Beneath the baby face and bonhomie is a shrewd operator and prolific production machine

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- Michael Hogan

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Inside No. 9 series 3 episode 6 review: Private View

21 March 2017 8:51 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Mar 21, 2017

Spoilers ahead in our review of the final series 3 episode of Inside No. 9, which takes us to the world of modern art…

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Inefficiency. It’s a criticism often levelled at the BBC by a certain species of rapacious vulture who sees the corporation not as the lustrous national gem it is, but as an unjust barrier to the extent to which they’re able to feather their own nests. The BBC is full of waste, they caw. The BBC must be more efficient!

If any of the vultures had the nous to watch BBC Two at 10pm on a Tuesday night for the past few weeks, they’d have been delighted. Well, not delighted. »

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