Pramface - In The Press

On the list of programmes cited in the widespread calls to save BBC Three, unplanned parenthood comedy Pramface has cropped up a fair few times. It's a shame, then, that it has been allowed to descend into dullness, as these final two episodes confirm. First up, young dad Jamie's new girlfriend proves a pain, while Mike saves Beth from a humiliating turn as a chugger. In the last episode, it's Emily's first birthday, but as Laura tries to move on with her life, is she truly over the father of her child?

Hannah J. Davies, The Guardian, 25th March 2014

On The Box talks to Pramface creator and lead writer Chris Reddy about finding the humour in teenage pregnancy, the reason John Milton would have made a kick-ass screenwriter and why it's best to avoid Gavin and Stacey comparisons.

Written by Nick Arthur. On The Box, 4th March 2014

Pramface's central couple have to be mismatched - it's at the heart of the "comedy" - but does Laura have to be quite so whiny and annoying and does Jamie, the father of her baby, have to be such a gormless man-child? He's an eager-to-please simpleton who is duped once again when a chancy painter and decorator recruits him to do some casual work. This involves Jamie removing his shirt and wearing revealing cut-off jeans. Poor Jamie, he's merely eye-candy for leering middle-aged ladies.

Passive-aggressive Laura, meanwhile, is stomping around her dad's flat as he undergoes a midlife crisis and starts dating a much younger woman.

Alison Graham, Radio Times, 4th March 2014

It might just be a crazy rumour but the mere fact that it was depressingly believable that the jokers (not in a good way) who run BBC comedy would consider axing Vic & Bob's brilliant House Of Fools told you all you need to know.

A corporation that once championed innovation is now a shameless ratings chaser. Welcome to a world with 99 further series of Mrs Brown's Boys. And Pramface too, probably.

We're now on to series three of this singularly unremarkable attempt to mine easy laughs out of teenage parenthood, featuring a bunch of characters with only a distant connection to what it's actually like to have a child while still in your school years. I'm not saying all comedy has to be social realism but it helps if the relationships are vaguely believable.

Instead we get wet manchild Jamie, a human doormat desperate to win the affection of spoilt Laura who, week in, week out, gives him the runaround. It's all oddly depressing.

Keith Watson, Metro, 26th February 2014

BBC Three has always struck me as the most unlikely home for this soft-centred, blandly pleasing sitcom. It's not particularly sweary, its characters are inoffensive and it even flutters on the outskirts of twee, so it's hardly up there with Two Pints of Lager or Bad Education.

As we reach the third series young, accidental parents Jamie and Laura (Sean Michael Verey and Scarlett Alice Johnson), who conceived a baby after a misguided one-night stand, have a polite relationship for the sake of their little one.

But their parents are fractious and in chaos - Jamie's feckless dad has spent the family's money and they are evicted from their home, while Laura's high-flying mum (Anna Chancellor) is still in New York, communicating bad-temperedly via Skype with her estranged husband (Angus Deayton).

Alison Graham, Radio Times, 25th February 2014

The soft-centred babies-making-babies sitcom returns for a third series, with Laura and Jamie (Scarlett Alice Johnson and Sean Michael Verey) having trouble adjusting to life as a couple.

Well, Laura's having trouble and is trying to find a way of dumping her dimple-cheeked lover boy yet again.

"It's like watching someone torture a puppy. Stop messing him around," observes her waspish best friend, which is pretty much the size of it. Angus Deayton and Anna Chancellor co-star.

Carol Carter and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro, 25th February 2014

I caught up with Emer Kenny, who plays Danielle, to see what was in store for Danielle third time around.

Written by Elliot Gonzalez. I Talk Telly, 24th February 2014

I caught up with Sean Michael Verey to chat about what's in store for Jamie this series, as well as getting his thoughts as to why Pramface remains under the radar...

Written by Elliot Gonzalez. I Talk Telly, 22nd February 2014

This sitcom about two teenagers who are parents but definitely not a couple has found its groove in Series 2. It's bawdy but not gratuitously gross; sweet at heart but not too cheesy. It might be educating a few BBC3 viewers, too. You don't often see a sitcom episode built around the difficulties of, say, breast pumps and expressed milk...

Jack Seale, The Radio Times, 23rd February 2013

The second series of this fine sitcom about teen parenthood continues with young Laura (Scarlett Alice Johnson) receiving a work placement. As a result she insists on father Jamie (Sean Michael Verey) babysitting for their child, Emily. But Jamie has an exam. Chaos ensues when Jamie decides to leave Emily with inexperienced childminders Mike (Dylan Edwards) and Beth (Yasmin Paige).

Toby Dantzic, The Daily Telegraph, 21st January 2013

Like the film Juno, Pramface - despite its insulting name - portrays real teen parenthood, and is a must-watch for anyone who wants to know what it's really like to be a young mother, says Prymface.

The Daily Telegraph, 15th January 2013

Scarlett Alice Johnson and Sean Verey chat to RadioTimes.com about being sent off set for laughing too hard and whether their characters will end up together.

Written by Susanna Lazarus. The Radio Times, 15th January 2013

Kicking off comedy on BBC Three for 2013 was Pramface. The day after, I met up with Scarlett Alice Johnson and Sean Michael Verey who play Laura and Jamie, to see what they had to say about the upcoming series.

Written by Elliot Gonzalez. 14th January 2013

More from the second series of Pramface, and now that Laura is alone with the baby, she's hoping that she'll start meeting more mums to break up her feelings of loneliness. Her first foray into such matters doesn't go well, ending in a bit of a tame mugging situation at the hands of some rough types in the park. The smug yummy mummies she starts stalking are no better either. Meanwhile, Alan, ignored by his family, hires Keith to be his driver. They bond over pool hustling and lying to their wives.

Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 14th January 2013

Things I enjoyed most about BBC3's returning comedy Pramface:

1. Scarlett Alice Johnson's ongoing transformation from EastEnders disaster into fine comic actress.

2. The fact that Angus Deayton was happy to walk around in his boxer shorts. Hardly the first time Angus has been spotted with his trousers down etc, etc.

Ian Hyland, The Daily Mail, 12th January 2013

Jamie and Laura are now struggling with the onset of parenthood. But there's nothing particularly cool going on here. The jokes are more 'heard it before' than 'tee-hee', and the gross-out atmosphere doesn't quite stand up to the likes of The Inbetweeners. Sadly it seems this particular sprog was probably born on a Wednesday.

Jonathan Watson, The Stage, 9th January 2013

Pramface returns for a second series, and with an added cast-member. Having birthed the result of her fling with Jamie, Laura gets to the business of being a mother, ducking the snide remarks of family members and the incompetence of the father of her child. It proves a juggling act as the christening approaches, with Jamie's pious extended family coming in from Ireland and a tense flashpoint smouldering away that, obviously, has to ignite in the church. It's as clunky as ever, but Anna Chancellor is a steadying influence, and Scarlett Alice Johnson plays the frazzled new mum with aplomb.

Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 7th January 2013

Funny, charming and truthful, Pramface draws to a close. Thanks to sharp characters and Chris Reddy's pitch-perfect script, it has become one of BBC Three's best comedies. Heavily pregnant Laura (Scarlett Alice Johnson) is bored of being stuck at home and convinces Jamie (Sean Michael Verey) to take her shopping. Mike (Dylan Edwards) decides to put the pot from a charity run to a less charitable cause - his sex life - but is rumbled by Beth (Yasmin Paige). Meanwhile, Keith (Ben Crompton) and Sandra (Bronagh Gallagher) go on a revelatory holiday.

Simon Horsford, The Daily Telegraph, 28th March 2012

Pramface writer, Chris Reddy, stopped by to give us some top tips and insight into the world of sitcom writing.

Written by Chris Reddy. The BBC Comedy Blog, 27th March 2012

The penultimate episode of the amusing comedy drama about two teenagers who meet at a party and find out that 18 year-old Laura (Scarlett Alice Johnson) is pregnant. With three months until the birth, Laura is still living at Jamie's (Sean Michael Verey) house and his parents are keen for her to move back home. Meanwhile, Laura's parents Alan (Angus Deayton) and Janet decide to make a go of their marriage and plan a weekend break away.

Rachel Ward, The Daily Telegraph, 21st March 2012

Bare bottoms, a giant turkey costume and farmers' market - three things that spring to mind when Pramface star Dylan Edwards is asked about his time filming the new BBC Three series in the Capital.

The Scotsman, 10th March 2012

"The meeting is on Wednesday. They want you to read for the part of Keith. I'll email you the details over now," chirped the chirpy voice of my agent.

Written by Dylan Edwards. The BBC Three Blog, 8th March 2012

The slow-burning comedy burns even slower. So slow, in fact, that it seems to be missing the comedy. Jamie hasn't heard from Laura, who's now 12 weeks pregnant and settling into university, so he decides to stalk her. He's clumsily aided by sidekick Mike, whose clown-like antics might raise the chances of a smirk. Earnest best friend Beth is still scheming to win Jamie's heart, but a night of disco bowling fails to ignite romance.

Hannah Verdier, The Guardian, 7th March 2012

Chris Reddy's delightful comedy revolves around Laura (Scarlett Alice Johnson) trying to cope with becoming pregnant after a one night stand with 16-year-old Jamie (Sean Michael Verey). As Laura heads off to Edinburgh University, she believes that she can put her "situation" to one side - but is followed by Jamie.

Simon Horsford, The Daily Telegraph, 7th March 2012

Pramface continues to be a surprisingly clever, polished and compelling offering from BBC3 that could well become a mainstream hit in time.

Written by Rachel Tarley. Metro, 2nd March 2012

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