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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 »

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