Stanley Park - In The Press
Stanley Park is another of those wannabe-hip BBC3 comedies that think being relevant to teenagers just means including sex scenes and references to Facebook and Twitter. The sad thing is, they might be right. So if you're a 17-year-old nymphomaniac with calloused thumbs from tapping away on an iPhone all day, Stanley Park's the show for you.
Written by Dan Owen. Dan's Media Digest, 12th June 2010
Stanley Park clearly aspires to the E4 mould of teenage comedy like The Inbetweeners and Misfits. Though Morwenna Banks plays a mum, as in Skins, these are not the angst-ridden, articulate youths of that show, but more gormless, ordinary adolescents who snog people at the swing park and argue about Twitter.
Goodness, pilot season is fun.
Written by Alice-Azania Jarvis. The Independent, 11th June 2010
In the first of tonight's two BBC3 pilots, Leo Richardson's stage play transfers to the screen in a riot of txt speak, Lambrini and adolescent angst like a teenage Sex And The City set in the suburbs of Croydon.
This one-off comedy zooms in on the misadventures of three Croydon teenagers - Dirty Debbie, who's writing an erotic novel, Bent Ben, who loves Beyoncé, and Raggedy Ann, an "emo poet" who recites Lindsay Lohan disses on the swings. When it focuses on the kids, it feels a little Skins-lite, and the street talk is cringey - like, poking on Facebook, yeah? But there are smaller roles for Morwenna Banks and Sharon Horgan, who works the tragi-comedy angle well, and there's certainly some potential, if it gets picked up.
Sharon Horgan is a comedian, writer and actor. She's best known for BBC Three's cult hit Pulling. You can next see her on screen in Stanley Park, in which she plays Aunty Pat.
Written by Andy Welch. AOL, 9th June 2010
Overall Stanley Park delivered weighty emotional drama but kept its overall mood fairly cheery with plenty of subtle comedy.
Written by Ramon Youseph. Suite 101, 7th June 2010
Young creator Leo Richardson to tell us about writing the show and how it felt to adapt it for TV...
Written by Leo Richardson. BBC Three Blog, 2nd June 2010