Beehive

All-female sketch series featuring Alice Lowe, Sarah Kendall, Barunka O'Shaughnessy and Clare Thomson

Genre:
Sketch Show
Broadcast:
2008  (E4)
Episodes:
5 (1 series)
Starring:
Alice Lowe, Sarah Kendall, Barunka O'Shaughnessy, Clare Thomson
Writers:
Alice Lowe, Sarah Kendall, Barunka O'Shaughnessy, Clare Thomson, James Bachman, John Barrett
Production:
Tiger Aspect Productions

A new all-female sketch series featuring the writing and performing talents of four hotly tipped new comics - Alice Lowe, Sarah Kendall, Barunka O'Shaughnessy and Clare Thomson.

The four comedy actresses write and perform all the material, introducing audiences to a broad range of characters and the peculiarities of their own imaginary world, like being robots, owning a magic bin and dating a duck.

Recurring characters include rude South African airline hostesses Jadine and Marla; and the Sex In The City girls, who annoy everyone by misbehaving and acting childishly in a highstreet bar.

Our Review: A very hit-and-miss comedy. There were a couple of good ideas in Beehive, but like most sketch shows on digital TV, there was also an awful lot of un-funny padding getting in the way too. Given the similarities to Smack The Pony, this show was never going to come away looking as good or successful.

Still, well done for trying E4 - given another series this could develop into something good as there were a couple of good characters amongst it all (e.g. the rude airline hostesses).