Edge Of Heaven. Ann-Marie (Laura Checkley). Copyright: Hartswood Films Ltd.

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King Gary, review: a soufflé-light suburban sitcom

Here we are smack bang in the most wonderful time of year. Your family and dearest friends all together in one room, huddled round to pick through the delights of Christmas TV. One of the first offerings from the festive schedule was the entirely unfestive comedy pilot King Gary (BBC One), a soufflé-light sitcom following married couple Gary and Terri King (Tom Davis and Laura Checkley) as they try to fit in with their middle-class neighbours.

Helen Chandler-Wilde, The Telegraph, 23rd December 2018

King Gary, BBC1, review

In a weekend dominated by talking bunnies on BBC1, King Gary was a (slightly) more realistic sitcom pilot from Tom Davis and James De Frond, two of the team behind BBC3's addictively silly Murder In Successville.

Jeff Robson, i Newspaper, 23rd December 2018

ITV2's Action Team and cinematic spy spoofs

Is there life left in the action comedy spoof? Matt sees how ITV2's Action Team, starting tonight, measures up...

Matt Edwards, Den Of Geek, 5th March 2018

Detectorists is an utter joy

Detectorists is an absolute televisual treasure. I'm delighted that Series 3 is here.

Sarah Kennedy, The Custard TV, 8th November 2017

Vicky McClure joins ITV2 comedy Action Team

Line Of Duty and Broadchurch star Vicky McClure has joined the cast of Action Team, ITV2's spoof spy action-thriller.

British Comedy Guide, 6th September 2017

ITV2 orders new comedy series Action Team

ITV2 has commissioned Action Team, a new comedy series from the creative talent behind Murder In Successville.

British Comedy Guide, 10th May 2017

Detectorists Series 3 confirmed

BBC Four has confirmed a third series of Detectorists, the sitcom about a group of treasure hunters written by and starring Mackenzie Crook.

British Comedy Guide, 31st March 2017

ITV hit us with another new offering in the completely pointless Edge of Heaven. Set in the titular Margate B&B the show focused on the sprawling Taylor family headed up by matriarch Julie (Camille Coduri) the co-owner of the establishment alongside her chef husband Tandeep (Nitin Kundra). Julie's two adult children still live with her and while ex-army recruit Ann-Marie (Laura Checkley) is happy to stand about and make sarcastic comments, Alfie (Blake Harrison) is planning for the future. The future that Alfie envisions involves him settled down with would-be-wife Carly (Justine Cain) but, on the eve of her wedding, she begins to doubt her love for Alfie. It's incredibly clear that Alfie belongs with Carly's friend and colleague Michelle (Louisa Lytton), but at the same time it seems that we're going to have to wait six weeks for them to figure out they like each other. The Taylor clan also includes Julie's brother 'Bald' Gary (Adrian Scarborough) and his partner 'Camp' Gary (Robert Evans) who both love watching True Blood as well as Alfie's Nanny Mo (Marcia Warren) a foul-mouthed X-Box loving pensioner.

I do wonder why Edge of Heaven was created in the first place and who exactly its marketed towards. The extended brood aspect of the show makes me think that ITV wanted this to be their version of Modern Family, but what we get instead is a bunch of clichéd characters going through the motions. It's clear that writer Robert Evans has come from children's TV as all of the Taylor family feel like stereotypes and I just didn't believe in any of them. The B&B setting is equally unnecessary with only a couple of scenes devoted to the establishment's single guest. It's a shame that talented performers such as Coduri, Scarborough and Warren have wasted their time on appearing in this nonsense. Meanwhile Harrison continues to play the same character he did in both Big Bad World and Way to Go. Ultimately, Edge of Heaven will go down as another forgettable ITV drama that I'm sure will be demolished in the ratings once Jonathan Creek returns next week.

The Custard TV, 26th February 2014