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Fresh Meat's most bittersweet episode yet brought gallows humour and emotional clout, as Vod's mother visited, says James Lachno.
Written by James Lachno. The Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2013
Vod's mum is coming to stay (JP: "You've got a mum?") and she makes Vod look like Dame Edith Sitwell. For starters, the terrifying Chris (Juliet Cowan, superb) insists on calling her daughter "Milly" - short for "Millstone". Elsewhere, Oregon tracks down her play's sole positive reviewer, and Howard attains Matrix-style enlightenment after reading Candice's feminist tract. Sadly, his well-meaning Google hunt for "ethically sourced free range porn" bears no fruit: "I would very much like to go back and take the blue pill," he sighs.
The writers have finally remembered that Fresh Meat is not all about Jack Whitehall's JP, says Ed Cumming.
Written by Ed Cumming. The Daily Telegraph, 25th November 2013
The campus comedy has graduated to its third series, and with Vod at the fore and Jack Whitehall's obnoxious JP becoming likable, it's top marks all round.
Written by Scarlett Cayford. The Guardian, 25th November 2013
Just when you're wondering if Fresh Meat is losing its way, you'll notice the relentlessly amusing dialogue, the superb characterisation and the fine performances. And just when you feel like it's back on top form, you'll notice a certain vacuum at its heart; a sense that the writers might be running out of things to do with these characters.
The reunion of the main cast made this the best episode of Fresh Meat so far, says Rupert Hawksley.
Written by Rupert Hawksley. The Daily Telegraph, 18th November 2013
There's a lack of cohesion about this series of Fresh Meat. The elements of comedy and drama aren't quite gelling with the same effectiveness, while it's telling that the series highlight so far - the orgy that never was - threw everyone together in a room. That collective dynamic has been much missed so far, with Hartnell Avenue's finest largely paired off and in danger of retreading familiar turf (Oregon and Shales, again?).
With Heather out of the picture, Kingsley and Josie can finally get down to the coupley stuff. First up, it's a camping trip to the country, fuelled by alcohol and lingering social awkwardness. Meanwhile, Vod's cunning (read, idiotic) plan to rid herself of Mexican boyfriend Javier reaches its end stage, though it turns out that abandoning him in Rochdale isn't quite the foolproof solution she envisaged. And the pub quiz provides the setting for the latest skirmish in JP and Howard's increasingly bitter battle over fresher Sam.
Fresh Meat has attracted a reliable audience with its lazy student shibboleths - the obsession with sex and partying, the disdain for housework - but if you took out the coarseness, erections and cynicism you could almost be watching Friends, a show about hugging. Horse laughs arise from the general shenanigans but in these inchoate relationships so too does drama of a softer sort. Vod (for me the least convincing character) may resemble something out of Viz, but her cartoonish wedding last week to a Mexican she brought back from holiday a week earlier drew in other narrative threads of resolution, pathos and reconciliation. For those of us old enough to have students of our own, Fresh Meat can be wearing but, three series in, is still surprisingly watchable.
The Channel 4 show is one of the finest comedies to emerge this decade.
Written by Alice Jones. The Independent, 15th November 2013
For a show that started off relatively slow in Series 1, Series 3 has begun with a bang.
Written by Nico Adams. Metro, 12th November 2013
Fresh Meat has outrageous jokes and real heart, says Sameer Rahim.
Written by Sameer Rahim. The Daily Telegraph, 11th November 2013
Is it just us or has this new series of Fresh Meat not quite got going yet? It couldn't be boring if it tried, but with the Kingsley-Josie-Heather love triangle struggling to achieve comedy lift-off (haven't we been here before with these three, anyway?) and Vod subdued by Javier's presence, it isn't quite hitting the heights either.
In tonight's pitch-perfect episode, wedding bells ring on the university campus. Delectably bonkers Vod decides the best way to get rid of her dishy South American lover is to marry him - to Oregon's despair. Also struggling with the finer points of romance is Kingsley, the wet lettuce of the show: he forgot to break up with Heather before locking lips with Josie last week. She's too busy trying to sweet-talk her way onto another course to notice. Not to be left out, fabulously self-centred JP and hapless Howard vie for the attentions of a fresher too smart for either.
Claire Webb, Radio Times, 11th November 2013
Is Vod really the marrying kind? You have to feel sorry for Javier. If only the poor deluded Latino hunk (Peter Gadiot) knew what he'd got himself into. That twisted romance is just one storyline dancing round the campus as spineless Kingsley balances perilously on a love triangle while JP and Howard lock amorous horns over a fresher who, frankly, is way out of both their leagues. Student days, eh, don't you just love 'em?
It's a complicated time for the housemates' love lives: Kingsley is juggling the attentions of both Heather, whom he's unable to break up with while her grandfather is ill, and Josie, who's basically living on a coach between Southampton and Manchester. Howard and JP are both after northern lass Sam, and Vod's Mexican lover Javier still speaks no English and is still getting on her nerves, but she has a rashly Vod-like solution for that, which Oregon disapproves of. Another cracker: let's hope this hot streak continues.
After it became one of my favourite programmes of last year, I was a little disappointed by the first episode of this series of Fresh Meat. I personally felt that there was far too much of a focus on JP, who's need to find a sexual partner made the character feel fairly one-dimensional. Additionally, Josie and Kingsley's relationship woes seem a little tired and I'm a bit fed up of this story that's been continuing since series one.
Channel 4's Fresh Meat has become part of the telly furniture. When that happens to a popular drama, the characters sometimes sit around on actual furniture and do little more than chat.
A good return to form for the Manchester students, I look forward to next week's installment.
Written by Nico Adams. Metro Blogs, 5th November 2013
In the latest series of Fresh Meat, Kingsley (Joe Thomas) says that whole weird thing, him and Josie, is "over like Dover". Actually, Josie has transferred to Southampton, but she's still a permanent presence in the Manchester student house via Skype on an iPad. And later they go down there, for a traffic light party.
When undergrad sitcom Fresh Meat first aired two years ago, it felt like it could become a training ground for cutting-edge talent, and that the glamorous, talented likes of Zawe Ashton and Jack Whitehall would just be passing through en route to greater career triumphs. It's now three series in and, unhappily for their agents, but happily for us, the original cast members are all still in place. Like that half-drunk cup of coffee that festers under every student's bed, Fresh Meat can no longer claim to be fresh, but it has grown a life of its own.
Channel 4 has defended a rude gag about Prince Harry set to air during tonight's return of student sitcom Fresh Meat as "clearly tongue in cheek".
Written by Rob Leigh. The Mirror, 4th November 2013
The freshers' week sexism hashtag on Twitter may go into meltdown tonight as JP looks forward to the joys of being a second year at Manchester Medlock. He's had a special sign made for their student house and has come up with an oafish plan to lure gullible girls back to his hot tub.
While tonight's instalment of Fresh Meat didn't see the show at its best, there were still some great moments. I loved Howard's story, Vod's holiday romance and the fact that things between Josie and Kingsley aren't as solid as they'd like to think.
Primetime Unreality, 4th November 2013
The buffoonish characters in Channel 4's comedy Fresh Meat soon win you over.
Written by Adrian Michaels. The Telegraph, 4th November 2013