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This criminally underwatched sitcom gets a suitably low-key conclusion.
The Custard TV, 24th December 2013
It's hard to believe it won't be back. I will miss Becky and Steve. But on the other hand I'm delighted I'll never have to spend time with Laura again.
Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 23rd December 2013
Rolling in the aisles as the slackers are given the perfect send-off.
Written by Ellen E. Jones. The Independent, 20th December 2013
Some things really shouldn't make you laugh, but as monstrous bridezilla Laura careered around her diabolical reception like a nymphomaniac meringue in the climax of the cherishable Him & Her: The Wedding (BBC Three), I couldn't wait for her next mouthful of filth.
Written by Keith Watson. Metro, 20th December 2013
Much of this final run of Him & Her has been almost unwatchably excruciating. But tonight, with the wedding disco providing the banal backdrop, we get to the heart of the matter.
Much of this last episode takes place in the toilet - as befits one of the grossest comedies ever to grace the small screen. It's also gloriously uncouth: the mangy neighbour glugs the dregs of drinks, the bride's father rubs up against one of the bridesmaids, the sozzled bride rubs up against anyone in trousers.
Claire Webb, Radio Times, 19th December 2013
So, a fond and final farewell to Becky and Steve, Laura and Paul, Shelly and Dan, the trio of very different couples at the heart of Stefan Golaszewski's sharply comic take on modern romance. The honeymoon night is looming but before that there are grudges to be satisfied, wild oats to be sown and secrets to be spilled. Will anyone get out of that wedding reception with the sniff of a happy ending? Keep your hankies handy.
The final episode of this slow-burning feast of awkwardness sums up that tricky moment in every wedding when the dad's getting inappropriate on the dancefloor and the bride's so drunk she's demanding sexual favours from her sister's boyfriend. Paul is trying to dump Graham and hold his new marriage together, while Becky's at the mercy of her ex-boyfriend, with a conga preventing her from telling Steve that she's pregnant. But the moment when she does is touching in a distinctly Him & Her way. Just lovely.
Oh, you again, Sarah Solemani! If it feels like the actress is everywhere at the moment, it's because she is! The good news for the crazy few that haven't bought into her cute charm is that soon she'll be on one less show, as Him & Her airs its final ever episode this week.
As BBC Three's popular sitcom comes to an end, its lead actor reflects on four series of eating chips in bed.
Written by Sarah Solemani. Metro, 13th December 2013
If there's a more excruciating half hour of comedy on offer this year than last night's Him & Her: The Wedding, then please don't make me watch it. I don't think my nerves would stand it.
The wedding from hell continues with the speeches: always ripe fodder for comedy and writer Stefan Golaszewski doesn't disappoint. Like many of the guests, you don't know whether to laugh or grimace at the father-of-the-bride's weak jokes and unwitting double entendres.
Poor old Steve. As he battles on through his best man's speech, you can almost touch the tumbleweed. He's been hung out to dry by bridegroom Paul's indiscretions and Becky's ex Lee (Nick Blood, so creepily smooth if makes your flesh crawl) undermining him at every turn. He wants the ground to open up and swallow him - and he's not the only one. Russell Tovey stars in the terrific comedy that's an unholy marriage of Carry On and Beckett.
The ceremony's over and now it's speeches o'clock, which is where the real-time glory of Laura and Paul's wedding truly comes into its own. Laura's dad waxes lyrical about her exes of "all shapes and sizes, all colours of the rainbow", and Paul's delivery of his speech about love is particularly uncomfortable when he catches the eye of the real object of his affection. But it's best man Steve who digs the deepest hole with his inappropriate jokes about the stag night. Lo-fi hilarity all round.
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