Carrie & Barry. Image shows from L to R: Carrie (Claire Rushbrook), Barry (Neil Morrissey). Image credit: Hartswood Films Ltd.

Carrie & Barry

Barry, a divorced London cabbie, lives with his second wife, beautician Carrie. He has a teenage daughter, Sinead, but she doesn't like Carrie at all

Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
2004 - 2005  (BBC One)
Episodes:
12 (2 series)
Starring:
Neil Morrissey, Claire Rushbrook, Mark Williams, Sarah Quintrell, Michelle Gomez, Mathew Horne
Writers:
Simon Nye
Production:
Hartswood Films Ltd

A sitcom by Men Behaving Badly creator Simon Nye. Married couple Carrie and Barry find themselves with the daily challenges of keeping the spice in their marriage and the fun in their day jobs - as well as having to deal with Barry's teenage daughter Sinead from his disastrous first marriage.

Barry's mate Kirk, who co-owns his black cab (he does the night shifts) and Carrie's acid-tongued best friend and fellow beautician Michelle keep the comedy coming.

In the second series Barry loses his taxi licence and so sets out to find another source of income. Meanwhile, Carrie discovers that she is adopted and decides to track down her real mother, and Sinead has become a traffic warden and is in love with a boyfriend Barry hates.

Our Review: Actually surprisingly funny for a rather average age in mainstream sitcoms. It's unlilkely to be remembered as a classic, but this Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly, Is it Legal?) penned sitcom certainly stands up against many of its contemporaries.