Wednesday, September 1, 2010


...Best thing on BBC3 since Pulling...

Autumn TV treats: comedy gold

Comedy gems to look forward to this autumn - from the return of The Inbetweeners and Peep Show to new sitcom Him & Her, via Chekhov and Chevy Chase

There's a near embarrassment of comedy riches this autumn - with established programmes returning for new series and interesting projects hitting television screens for the first time.

Inbetweeners fans don't have long to wait before the third series comes to E4. After a somewhat slow start, DVD releases, repeats and word of mouth have seen the show establish itself as must-see television – the new series sees Simon Bird and the rest of the boys finishing their final A-level year while dealing with the usual myriad embarrassments of being a wanky 18-year-old. Over on C4, the indefatigable Peep Show returns for a remarkable seventh series in November with the fallout from the birth of Soph and Mark's baby, while the channel also has a handful of brand new offerings plucked from last year's Comedy Showcase: PhoneShop boasts script editing chops from Ricky Gervais, while The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret stars US comedy heavyweight David Cross alongside British stars Sharon Horgan and Blake Harrison (Neil from The Inbetweeners).

Harrison also pops up in what ought to be the breakout show of the season, BBC3's Him & Her. Written by Stefan Golaszewski (Cowards) and starring Russell Tovey and standup/actress Sarah Solemani, it's set exclusively inside the couple's tiny bedsit, giving it the feel of a series of short plays. It's a touching, tender, funny look at an almightily ordinary couple. Anyone who's seen Golaszewski's stage work and monologues will recognise that his could be one of the most important lightly comic voices of his generation. It's the best thing on BBC3 since Pulling.

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