Starstruck - Series 1

Starstruck. Image shows from L to R: Jessie (Rose Matafeo), Tom (Nikesh Patel). Copyright: Avalon Television.

Starstruck

Comedy about a 20-something juggling two dead end jobs who discovers she's slept with a film star

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Sitcomfan64

  • Sunday 25th April 2021, 10:51am
  • England
  • 858 posts

Rose Matafeo's sitcom. I've only seen episode one but I liked it a lot. There's a lovely charm to her writing, the conversations sound real and the humour isn't forced. Also from a personal standpoint, having worked in a cinema, her interaction with the customer was painfully accurate.

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alison blunderland

  • Sunday 25th April 2021, 2:51pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 80 posts

I love it but there's NO way those girls could afford that flat in Hackney.

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Sitcomfan64

  • Monday 3rd May 2021, 11:19am
  • England
  • 858 posts

This is quickly becoming my favourite new series of 2021. Matafeo and Sneddon really manage to infuse it with a sweetness that doesn't feel tacky or too saccharine, and it's refreshing to have such a likeable lead character in a word where the narcissism of Fleabag is celebrated as this ideal that writers should aspire to.

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Aaron

  • Monday 3rd May 2021, 7:01pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,849 posts

The first episode was very, very sweet. It's nice to have a new series that's not bitter and cynical. (So far.)

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Sitcomfan64

  • Tuesday 4th May 2021, 9:44am
  • England
  • 858 posts

Just finished it. Now it is definitely my favourite series of 2021. The final episode especially had some lovely moments, the goodbye chat with her best friend being the highlight.

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alison blunderland

  • Wednesday 5th May 2021, 11:14am
  • United Kingdom
  • 80 posts

'You haven't seen British comedy until you've seen Manuel absolutely struggle with some plates.'

Lovely line.

Off-topic post by KM378 on Mon 10th May 2021, 22:22

I want to add my voice to those lauding this series.

It's really, really good.

It's not the three-laughs-per-page kind of surrealist comedy I usually like, but it is wonderfully sweet and, at least a few times per episode, very funny indeed.

Imagine a Richard Curtis movie where you don't want to reach into the screen and strangle every single motherf**king character to death. That's what you get with Starstruck.

The main thing it has going for it is Rose Matafeo herself. She drives the show with the force of her effortlessly charming personality. She's incredible.

If you liked her on Taskmaster, you'll LOVE her on this.

For those of you worried about the transgender thing - don't worry about it. It's established very early on in the series that Rose's character menstruates.

All in all, I really loved this series. Matafeo is wonderful and I want to see her in many more things in future.

If I had to draw one criticism, the inter-racial relationship bothered me. People should stick to their own skin color when it comes to dating.

Other than that one minor issue, I loved it!

Off-topic post by Chappers on Tue 11th May 2021, 22:38
Quote: KM378 @ 10th May 2021, 10:22 PM

For those of you worried about the transgender thing - don't worry about it. It's established very early on in the series that Rose's character menstruates.

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What Transgender thing?

Off-topic post by Aaron on Wed 19th May 2021, 11:08
Quote: KM378 @ 10th May 2021, 10:22 PM

For those of you worried about the transgender thing - don't worry about it. It's established very early on in the series that Rose's character menstruates.

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If I had to draw one criticism, the inter-racial relationship bothered me. People should stick to their own skin color when it comes to dating.

I ... what? If you're trying to be funny, it doesn't come across. If you're being sincere - wow. Not appropriate in the slightest.

Off-topic post by Chappers on Wed 19th May 2021, 19:06
Quote: Aaron @ 19th May 2021, 11:08 AM

I ... what? If you're trying to be funny, it doesn't come across. If you're being sincere - wow. Not appropriate in the slightest.

I agree. I think there was some confusion with maybe Boy Meets Girl. Rose is a tall attractive woman.

Off-topic post by KM378 on Wed 9th Jun 2021, 23:54

Thanks Aaron.

Remove my glowing review of this show and all the lovely things I said about Matafeo and then quote two things that make me look like an absolute shit.

I mistakenly thought she's transgender. So what? I wasn't criticising her. I just made a mistake. I've looked her up now and I know I was wrong. I think she's beautiful, and I don't care what her original gender was.

And yes, the obviously f**king racist comment in the last sentence was obviously a joke. Why the hell would anyone say something like that unless it was a joke?

Nice to see Aaron is just as good at moderating a forum as he was a decade ago, when he called Konnie Huq a "hobgoblin".