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Pride and Partridge: Felicity Montagu's comedy gold with Coogan and Austen

15 September 2016 8:18 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

She played the loyal Pa to Norwich’s deluded DJ and the cake-scoffing vicar’s wife in Nighty Night. Now back on stage as Mrs Bennet, Felicity Montagu explains why humour is a deadly serious business

“I don’t want to scene-steal,” Felicity Montagu tells me. But perhaps she just can’t help herself, given the whirlwind of accents – Aussie, northern, estuary, Rp – that she uses to animate her anecdotes in our hour together. Certainly, she has pinched scenes from some of comedy’s biggest names – whether as Lynn, the tight-lipped, long-suffering Pa to Alan Partridge, or as Sue, the voluptuous, cake-scoffing vicar’s wife in Nighty Night. Then there’s that hugely satisfying scene in the first Bridget Jones film, where Montagu’s sloaney Perpetua – all Alice band, pearls and raised eyebrows – rises sharply from her swivel chair to witness Bridget quit her job. “Because if she gives one inch, »

- Nancy Groves

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Camping review: a gloriously bleak comedy masterpiece

12 April 2016 11:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Julia Davis is back – as writer, director and star – and her dark humour is given free rein in this rich and truthful comedy about not-so-happy campers. Plus: The Tunnel just isn’t The Bridge

Ooh good, camping, I like camping. But this Camping (Sky Atlantic) is by Julia Davis, of Nighty Night and Hunderby infamy; again she wrote, directs and stars. So probably not so happy camping.

The unhappiness comes quick and thick. First to arrive at the campsite are Robin (Steve Pemberton), whose 50th birthday is the reason for the trip, and Fiona (Vicki Pepperdine). She’s controlling, bitter, mean-spirited, sadistic; he’s a husk of a man, his soul pecked out of him. They have a young son, who shows, according to his mother, symptoms of homosexuality – weak will, facial bloating, etc. He wears a goldfish bowl over his head, I’m not entirely sure why, but I »

- Sam Wollaston

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