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I arrive late to Nurse, Radio 4's series of short snappy comedies. It's in six parts and by the time I'd caught up with the good reviews, it was already halfway through.
Written by Paul Whitehouse and David Cummings, it features a community mental health nurse (Esther Coles, who contributes additional material). She sounds as patient, good-humoured and capable as you'd want a community mental health nurse to be. She visits a host of people in their own homes, almost all of them Paul Whitehouse.
In episode four (my episode one) there's a chat about the value of gardening, with Billy "finding God at the end of a spade". Ray has some brilliantly funny lines (I cannot repeat here the one involving the Isle of Man), but his bravado can't mask the hints at his troubled life. Herbert believes in the art of letter-writing. He's written to Kingsley Amis and won't countenance the suggestion that he's dead: "No... he's just having a break."
Tommy challenges Nurse: "You think I'm away with the fairies." And Lorrie, one of the few characters not played by Whitehouse, explains why she won't take her medication, even though her daughter has been taken away from her: "When I take my pills, me no hear Jesus."
Luckily the Radioplayer is our friend. Catch up with Nurse while you can.
The last and nastiest visit to the ninth house on the left, which this episode is a looming, draughty pile out of place on a suburban street. Aimeť-Ffion Edwards, as excellent here as she was in Skin and Walking and Talking, is a schoolgirl babysitter who's been promised a bumper payday but immediately finds that the job, set by icy householder Helen McCrory, is too creepy to be worth the cash.
To say more would spoil, but as the creaking terror takes hold you'll marvel at how Steve Pemberton (absent) and Reece Shearsmith (in full Hammer horror mode) can pepper the elegant script with gags without breaking the spell.
Stella fans may be welcoming the news that the comedy drama is returning for a fourth series - but one family who live where it's filmed say "enough is enough".
Written by Carrie Evans. Wales Online, 12th March 2014
Written by James Rampton. The Independent, 12th March 2014
Helen McCrory and Reece Shearsmith star as Tabitha and Hector, sibling proprietors of the final episode in this blackly comic series. We're in a gothic mansion with a sinister secret at the top and schoolgirl Katy (Aimee-Ffion Edwards) may have bitten off more than she can chew when she agrees to housesit. It's a trip flickering with demonic humour but by the time we reach the closing scene we've gone over to the dark side completely. Sleep well.
After a never less than captivating series that has added a comic sheen to Tales Of The Unexpected, this harrowing series finale has more than a hint of Hammer House Of Horror about it. Siblings Hector and Tabitha reside in a gothic mansion where the temperature is religiously maintained just below freezing point. Precisely the kind of location that would make the prospect of minding Hector and Tabitha's bedridden brother Andras a chilling task on several spinewringingly unsettling levels, as babysitter Katy soon discovers.
Lenny Abrahamson's take on papier-mache headed comedy oddbody Frank Sidebottom captures the awkward inconstancy of the truly talented.
Written by Henry Barnes. The Guardian, 11th March 2014
To celebrate the sequel's confirmed release date we thought we'd test you on your knowledge of the lads.
The Mirror, 11th March 2014
With his dry wit and distinctive look Andy Parsons has become one of the most recognisable faces on Mock The Week - but admits it's 'criminal' there aren't more women alongside him.
Written by Simon Boyle. The Mirror, 11th March 2014
This show was trailed by a BBC announcer saying, "Stepping into the shoes of the chat-show greats..." but on the evidence of this first outing Michael McIntyre is good at being chirpy and making slurping noises, but not much else.
Written by Veronica Lee. The Arts Desk, 11th March 2014
The fact that we had nearly 15 minutes of McIntyre's solo warm-up made it quite clear that the guests were of strictly secondary importance, and their carefully rationed slots ensured that their 'chat' consisted of little more than agreeing with the host that they were indeed marvellous.
Written by Adam Sweeting. The Spectator, 11th March 2014
If you were making a generic chat show spoof, you'd probably come up with The Michael McIntyre Chat Show. Bland, slick and more about the host than gaining insights into the guests.
Written by Alex Fletcher and Tom Mansell. Digital Spy, 11th March 2014
Michael McIntyre, like Alan Carr, comes from the world of stand-up comedy, but his style couldn't be more different. He isn't edgy or acerbic. He's jolly, charming and very middle-class, which has proven to be a winning combination for his comedy tours. However, I'm less sure those strengths equals a brilliant chat show host.
Written by Dan Owen. MSN, 11th March 2014
Michael McIntyre made his chatshow debut on BBC One last night, scampering around and breaking the fourth wall - but he still respected the golden rules of presenting. So what makes a truly great host?
Written by Julia Raeside. The Guardian, 11th March 2014
The Michael McIntyre Chat Show launched with over 2 million viewers on Monday night, according to overnight data.
Written by Tom Eames. Digital Spy, 11th March 2014
In some ways this may be the simplest review I've ever written. If you like Michael McIntyre you'll like TMMCS. If you don't you won't.
Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 11th March 2014
Doll & Em is getting better and more uncomfortable by the week, as the tension between the best friends slowly builds. Now that Doll's on crutches, Em has slipped into the role of her assistant, with the Hollywood star even having to get her own coffee. As Em struggles with her insecurity, her injured mate's a hit on set, with ChloŽ Sevigny taking a shine to her. The sight of Doll hobbling over to interrupt Em's crucial scene is packed with subtle joy, as is the news that they're both off to the same audition.
Can Moone Boy get any better? This week we were treated to a spot of obscure Irish sporting history as Martin's dad Liam (Peter McDonald) relived his greatest moment of sporting triumph with a grudge golf match against the devious bank manager who'd done him down in the prime of youth. This centred on a handball match, which had nothing to do with the sport that had us transfixed in London 2012 and all to do with a kind of squash played without rackets. It was an excuse to give some of Moone Boy's excellent support cast a turn in the spotlight and they swung it with aplomb.
I do feel I might be a little harsh on My Mad Fat Diary and that's primarily due to the fact that I judge it by a higher standard than I do other programmes.
Primetime Unreality, 11th March 2014
BBC News, 11th March 2014
Michael McIntyre reckons he passes for Bond star Pierce Brosnan "with a mouth full of sweets" - but Pierce isn't his only famous lookalike... apparently.
Written by Rob Leigh. The Mirror, 10th March 2014
With its Ronseal title, the format of The Michael McIntyre Chat Show doesn't need much explaining. It might, however, need some tweaking because this debut edition didn't quite get the balance right.
Written by Michael Hogan. The Telegraph, 10th March 2014
Hugh Bonneville reveals that life imitated art recently when a doorman refused him entry to BBC Broadcasting House while he was filming upcoming satire W1A.
Written by Ben Dowell. The Radio Times, 10th March 2014
David Walliams. novels could be dominating the next four Christmases, with plans for Ratburger, Demon Dentist and Billionaire Boy TV adaptations
Written by Alice Vincent. The Daily Telegraph, 10th March 2014
McIntyre is the latest stand-up comedian to host a chat show - does he know what he's letting himself in for...
Written by Stephen Armstrong. The Radio Times, 10th March 2014
Money's too tight to mention in the Moone household. Which means Martin (David Rawle) has to get a job if he's ever going to own a Sega Mega Drive, 'the single greatest thing my little eyes have ever witnessed.' So he heads to the golf club, where Chris O'Dowd's charming comedy drives us into the heart of a green-eyed rivalry between Martin's dad Liam (Peter McDonald) and his nemesis, the devious local bank manager, which stretches back decades. Cue flashbacks with very tight shorts.
Does the world really need another chat show? Decide for yourself as irrepressibly perky comedian Michael McIntyre tries to remind himself to shut up long enough to let his guests get a word in edgeways. Graham Norton, Alan Carr and Jonathan Ross will scarcely be quaking in their boots at McIntyre's opening guest list: Lily Allen, Lord Alan Sugar and Sir Terry Wogan can all be relied on for a jolly anecdote but it's a pretty safe choice for an opening gambit. McIntyre will need something a little edgier if he's going to stand out in a crowded marketplace.
The oft-mocked standup comedian tries his luck as a chatshow host, using his polite brand of charm to lure guests to the sofa in a new series. On a scale of Norton to Paxman, McIntyre's not likely to ruffle any feathers, and with Terry Wogan and Alan Sugar in the Beeb-heavy line-up that should suit his guests quite well. If the thought of Wogan dishing out chatshow tips makes you reach for the off button, wise mistress of controversy Lily Allen will also be on hand to liven matters up a bit.
Moone Boy specialises in unlikely events, but the handball duel in this week's episode takes some beating. It's also a thoroughly deserved chance for Peter McDonald to go centre stage as beleaguered dad Liam Moone. When his former rival for Deb's affections comes calling - as a debt collector - it reopens old wounds. And the lack of family cash puts a crimp in young Martin's dreams of a Sega Mega Drive...
The ensuing showdown, as ever, combines all the sheepish delights of retro with the sharpness of a modern family sitcom. All this plus a quirky cameo from Simon Day as a sepia-tinted golfing champ.
Moone Boy: the satisfying middle ground where stupid meets feel-good.
The path from comedy to chat show is a well-trodden but perilous one. Alan Carr and Graham Norton have both skipped down that route with ease but now Michael McIntyre finds out whether his bouncy style of humour will work in the static format of a chat show.
Stand-up comedians don't always find it easy to allow someone else into the spotlight so he'll need to rein in his boisterousness a bit. If he wants pointers, two of his guests have been in the hot seat themselves before: Terry Wogan and Lily Allen (although the latter was widely panned for her efforts). It'll be interesting to see how Michael copes with his other guest, too - Lord Sugar doesn't suffer fools gladly, so he's not always the easiest interviewee.