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This is one of the worst comedy shows I've ever seen. What a terrible waste of an immense talent like Jessica Stevenson, it's truly tragic. The punchlines are visible from several miles away, the acting is poor and the plots are flimsy. It's essentially children's' television. Greg Wise gives a pathetic performance, while Raquel Cassidy is wasted (she was fantastic in 'Teachers'). It's utterly devoid of any charm or intricacy, it just seems like the authors had no real desire to write this and it shows.
The characters themselves are so fundamentally unlikeable that I found myself believing that they would all somehow be killed in the final episode (wishful thinking, sadly).
Oliver Chris gives a reasonable performance (being typecast as the cheeky-but-handsome one), though he isn't exactly stretching himself.
Total trash, avoid at all costs.
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