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Sirens star Amy Beth Hayes on tough policewomen, sarcastic men, and the animal in all of us...
Big Issue, 19th April 2012
Fusing drama and comedy in the same way that the EMTs' experience combines the surreal with the devastating, Rhys Thomas reveals that the show will go on to push the boundaries more and more as it develops.
Written by Alasdair Morton. On the Box, 11th March 2012
Whether the series will be renewed remains to be seen, but Sirens has a lot to stand up to with its talented cast, headed by two rather influential comedians.
Written by Jay Freeman. Scene Mag, 8th August 2011
Channel 4's newest comedy-drama didn't get the neurons firing, but did put a few fractures in my funnybone.
The Custard TV, 6th August 2011
Brian - whose blog and subsequent book, Blood, Sweat and Tea, are the basis of Channel 4's new drama Sirens - says: "You might think the worst moments in my career have come from the terrible car pile-ups or from all the fighting and abusive language. Actually, no. The thing for me was nursing homes."
The Daily Mirror, 29th July 2011
Another classy episode of the drama - mainly because there's more space given to the lovely Maxine. She's told by a date that she should be more "yielding" and thus becomes Stepford. It's nicely done and leads to a brilliant scene with some roast beef.
Another tale of courageous, essential frontline servicemen and women coping with their baser, animal selves. Tonight, when the anti-maternal boss Woodvine hints that she might break up the cosy paramedic trio, Stuart and Rachid lock horns to see which of them is the alpha male of the group - the cleverest or the biggest? Meanwhile, Ashley seeks out action whenever the opportunity arises, and Maxine, accused of being "unyielding" in the sack by her internet date, is determined to play the submissive female for their next encounter.
Chiming, charming and chilling.
Written by B. North. Comedy Critic, 6th July 2011
They've got their fingers on the pulse.
Written by Brian Viner. The Independent, 5th July 2011
Sirens' initial trailer suggested comedy, but it belied a thoughtful and entertaining drama.
Written by Christopher Hooton. Metro, 5th July 2011
The second episode of Brian Fillis's comedy-drama set among Leeds paramedics is really finding its rhythm. Stuart's thus-far platonic relationship with police sergeant Maxine is the most intriguing of the series but this week, he finds himself dating a student and facing stress-related underperformance problems under the duvet. With a studiously mixed cast of characters (gay, Muslim, female, bloke), all doing serious jobs, Sirens successfully gets away with a lot of boisterous laddishness.
Heart massage is probably not best applied via an open wound, as Sirens suggests.
Written by Laura Barnett. The Guardian, 3rd July 2011
The gallows humour of ambulance drivers gets lost in a muddled attempt at a comedy drama.
Written by Robert Epstein. The Independent on Sunday, 3rd July 2011
Sirens' paramedics had this viewer gripped. Could they please now rescue the female roles?
Written by Euan Ferguson. The Observer, 3rd July 2011
Before we turn to the hellish mess that is Sirens, it's worth reminding ourselves what Channel 4 is meant to do. When the channel first went on air in 1982, its remit required it to provide a broad range of programmes which demonstrate innovation, experiment and creativity. A lot of ideals have disappeared down the plughole since then, and with them have gone most - perhaps all - of C4's reason to exist.
Comedy-drama Sirens hit the ground running, introducing its trio of protagonist paramedics at a particularly bloody and destructive road traffic accident. Wildly improvising, and in contravention of all medical protocols, the series' narrator Stuart performs open heart massage and saves the life of a passenger.
Channel 4's Sirens opened with 1.6 million viewers on Monday evening, while ITV1 documentary Babies Behind Bars captivated 3.7m, the latest audience data has revealed.
Written by Andrew Laughlin. Digital Spy, 28th June 2011
After (relative) successes like Teachers and No Angels, Sirens is the latest Channel 4 comedy drama to point the spotlight on people with important jobs who may not always be as professional as we'd hope. However, this tale of cheeky paramedics was pretty much dead on arrival.
Written by Tom Murphy. The Orange TV Blog, 28th June 2011
Sirens' shifts of tone between bawdy comedy and tense drama - sometimes in the same scene - added up to a heroic mess, but one worth sticking with.
Written by Keith Watson. Metro, 28th June 2011
I love black comedies. The bleaker and the more tasteless, the better. The Thick of It, Pulling, Getting On, Nurse Jackie. So Sirens, a "comedy drama" based on real-life paramedic Tom Reynolds's blog, looked alluring. Bring on the gallows humour!
Channel 4's new hospital comedy shows promise - but do we need any more programmes set in medical surroundings?
Written by Sian Rowe. The Guardian, 27th June 2011
Brrraapp. Can you hear the sirens coming? This is a clever Dizzee Rascal reference, that doesn't mean much but allows us to mention that Sirens can be added to the long list of TV shows that fail to use pop tunes that could have been created for their themes. Despite that Sirens is utterly brilliant. From the moment that Gary Bellamy begins his sweary narration (and turns off Angry Anderson to the final scene, it's terrific.
Sirens is a dire, dreary sitcom about three spectacularly charmless ambulance drivers.
It started life in 2003 as a blog by London ambulance technician Brian Kellett.
Created by Brian Fillis and inspired by paramedic Brian Kellett's blog and subsequent book, Sirens has a slightly stylised, "written" air about it, but once you adjust to that, this six-part comedy-drama is a treat. In tonight's opener, we meet Stuart, Rachid and Ashley, three paramedics who would seem like sorry specimens of 21st-century British manhood if they weren't performing heroic frontline services on the drunken streets of West Yorkshire. After a dramatic opening, a counsellor advises them to be prepared for the emotional rollercoaster of an adrenaline rush, horniness, then depression, but Stuart is determined to be "master of my own biology".