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The deliciously odious bride prances down the aisle for a ceremony as excruciating as it is funny. She preens on a throne guzzling chocolates, the groom slumps beside her texting his lover and poor old Becky must perform a surprise reading. Sarah Solemani and Russell Tovey are as brilliantly understated as ever as reluctant bridesmaid and best man who spend much of this episode shooting each other rueful looks across the marquee. Yet tonight they're upstaged by Kerry Howard, who plays the bridezilla to perfection. By the end you almost - almost - feel sorry for her.
Claire Webb, Radio Times, 5th December 2013
What would any bride do if she discovered a deal-breaking secret about her bridegroom just before they were about to exchange vows? If you're the borderline psycho Laura (Kerry Howard), you... well, that would be telling. In another terrific slice of cringe-making black comedy starring Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani, the wedding from hell takes yet more twists and turns, with bridesmaid Becky's big secret putting her under her sister's thumb with horribly embarrassing consequences.
Life outside the bedsit becomes ever more dangerous at ceremony time for Paul, who's desperately trying to text his way out of it as his bullying bride-to-be Laura giggles nervously. Her determination to hurry things along after scrolling through the incriminating contents of his phone is beautifully played, as is his reluctance to call the wedding off. Steve and Becky are as lovely as ever, with the tender glances between them saying so much more than words could. It's such a shame it's nearly over as Him & Her is on fire.
No doubt there are purists out there who are dismayed to see that loved-up slackers Becky and Steve have been released from the captivity of their bedsit and allowed out into the wild.
Him & Her is by the far the best sitcom to have ever landed up on BBC Three, and surely the only one with roots in Harold Pinter. The swansong series, Him & Her: the Wedding, in which Laura and Paul's nuptials unfold over four episodes, is, as it should be, dominated by the bride with Kerry Howard's performance as invincibly monstrous Laura surely heading for a comedy award.
'Have a cool one', advises Steve (Russell Tovey) breezily as the guests for Paul and Laura's wedding arrive. Just the sort of lame remark that Becky (Sarah Solemani) can't let lie, and also a warning that what follows will be anything but 'cool'.
We've rarely seen her out of T-shirts, vests and knickers but now Becky (Sarah Solemani) is strapped into a gaudy blue bridesmaid's dress and gritting her teeth for all they're worth as sister Laura's wedding turns out to be even more of a nightmare than she'd imagined it would be. Knots will be tied in Stefan Golaszewski's sharply observed black comedy but they're more likely to be round the bride's neck than anywhere else...
The cult comedy starring Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani is back. Claire Webb explains why you'd be a fool to miss out on the fourth and final series...
Written by Claire Webb. The Radio Times, 22nd November 2013
You don't need social realism to make a comedy hit home. But it's the nightmarish moments of shared recognition that have made Stefan Golaszewski's anti-romance Him & Her feel so near the funny bone.
Written by Keith Watson. Metro, 22nd November 2013
Slobby, smelly Steve and Becky are still the nicest couple in the world.
Written by Sam Wollaston. The Guardian, 22nd November 2013
Sarah Solemani has had more gags than hot dinners this autumn: as a hippy teacher in Bad Education, a long-suffering ex-girlfriend/boss in The Wrong Mans and now in the third and final series of cult sitcom Him & Her. But what does the comic actress tune into in her downtime? RadioTimes.com asks the all-important questions...
Written by Claire Webb. The Radio Times, 21st November 2013
The jewel in BBC3's comedy crown begins its lap of honour with a final series set on a single day. The appalling Laura and the pathetic Paul are tying the knot, Becky is the main bridesmaid, Steve is the best man and chaos is sure to ensue.
Don't expect romance from the fourth and final series of this cult comedy, in which Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani play the eponymous couple: as grubby, beleaguered and endearing as ever. Do expect to wince and guffaw by turns.
Claire Webb, Radio Times, 21st November 2013
For its final outing, the format of Him And Her manages to outdo The Worst Week Of My Life by having the entire series take place over a single day.
It's the final series of this deliciously grubby comedy with Steve and Becky (Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani) looking on, horror-struck, from the sidelines as Becky's nightmare sister Laura (Kelly Howard) prepares to tie the knot with fiancé Paul. He looks like a rabbit caught in the headlights - who wouldn't at the prospect of becoming Mr Laura? - but there's more to his wayward behaviour than simply an attack of the pre-nuptial jitters...
I've said it before, but it's worth saying again, Him & Her is one of the best (and most under-rated) sitcoms of recent times.
Written by Elliot Gonzalez. I Talk Telly, 20th November 2013
There's only a few things guaranteed to bring a tear to our eye - one is a wedding and the other is the emotional conclusion of a TV favourite, and the final series of BBC Three's superb Him & Her has both of those things...
Written by Morgan Jeffery. Digital Spy, 19th November 2013
Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani, the stars of BBC Three comedy Him & Her, speak to Harriet Gibsone about the show, which returns for its fourth and final series on Thursday 21 November. It follows the antics of Becky and Steve, two lazy slobs in love. Though previous series have all been set exclusively in their bedsit, the fourth sees the action move to a hotel, scene of Becky's sister Laura's impending wedding.
Written by Harriet Gibsone. The Guardian, 19th November 2013
The stars of Him & Her talk toilets, bad habits and the final series.
Written by Ellen Wishart. Time Out, 18th November 2013
It's fair to say that Him & Her's format jigging gives the final run a bit of a special feel, but, as ever, the show is sold on the understated brilliance of Sarah Solemani and Russell Tovey. We're really gonna miss popping round to the bedsit.
Russell Tovey, Sarah Solemani, Kerry Howard and Ricky Champ discuss the final series of Him & Her with Boyd Hilton at the Apple Store in London.
iTunes, 28th October 2013
It's crude, juvenile and short on action, but Stefan Golaszewski's comedy about a lazy, flat-bound couple still manages to be heartwarming.
Written by David Renshaw. The Guardian, 21st February 2013
Although the nominations haven't been announced yet, there's one BBC Three smash hit that is destined come out with a BAFTA on the night in February...
Written by Robin Darke. Sabotage Times, 22nd January 2013
Christmas or no Christmas, we join Becky and Steve in bed. They're tearing the meat from a turkey and dunking it in mugs of gravy. It's little moments like this that get to the heart of TV's sweetest, most believable love affair. The tranquillity can't last, though - inevitably Laura and Paul have soon arrived, toting their karaoke machine. They're followed by Dan and Shelley and Steve's long-estranged dad. Laura's her usual monstrous self - her unremitting hideousness is arguably the show's one false note - but there's a lovely, understated kitchen scene between Steve and his father which is worth the admission on its own. None of the bells and whistles of your average Christmas special, but a singular charm all of its own.
Phil Harrison, Time Out, 23rd December 2012
Christmas Day is a typically unsophisticated affair in Becky and Steve's grotty flat. Stolen champagne is sipped out of faded mugs, a half-gobbled turkey lies forgotten on the bed and Laura wields a karaoke machine with malicious intent.
Claire Webb, Radio Times, 23rd December 2012