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Suranne Jones to star in Christmas Carole, a festive special for Sky

Suranne Jones is to take the lead role in Christmas Carole, a festival comedy drama special for Sky that is loosely based on the story of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

British Comedy Guide, 17th May 2022

Last in the series of Richard Pinto's amiably silly sitcom about sixtysomethings - and in June Whitfield's case, ninetysomethings - resolutely failing to behave like old folks. Tonight, Joan (Whitfield) appears to have landed herself a 70-year-old toy boy, Roy. Joyce and Maureen are convinced that he's after her money but it turns out to be more complex than that. Good to see Paula Wilcox back on screen, so underused since Man About The House.

David Stubbs, The Guardian, 29th April 2016

Richard Pinto's sixtysomething sitcom continues, with the gang heading to a gastropub for Carol and Trevor's 40th wedding anniversary. Naturally, things don't go smoothly, as Carol considers a big life change. A comedy with some good lines (hangdog Alan reflects on meeting up with the same bunch of people yet again: "These people are friends, we shouldn't have to see them") but which somehow lacks warmth. Worth persevering with, even if this episode doesn't, as Ab Fab did so splendidly, make enough of June Whitfield's comic timing.

Jonathan Wright, The Guardian, 22nd August 2014

Alison Steadman & Philip Jackson shine in this sitcom

After watching the first episode of Boomers, I really feel as if Richard Pinto's sitcom could be a success.

Unreality TV, 16th August 2014

Radio Times review

This sitcom from Richard Pinto (Citizen Khan) will be clasped to the bosom of anyone who loves New Tricks, as Boomers centres on a group of old-timers, friends from years back, who find themselves out of kilter with the modern world.

The humour is broad and painted with the widest brush strokes and there are echoes of Victor Meldrew's curmudgeonly head-butting against the idiocies of political correctness and life in general. The cast includes some solid comedy names, including Russ Abbot as the dourest member of the group and Nigel Planer as the wide boy with the newly acquired young Eastern European wife (feel free to let out a weary groan).

The women (Alison Steadman, Paula Wilcox, Stephanie Beacham) always win out in any given situation as their hopeless blokes go to the pub. In the opening episode, everyone gathers at a funeral.

Alison Graham, Radio Times, 15th August 2014

Boomers, BBC One, review: 'well-observed and authentic'

When the credits rolled at the end of Boomers (BBC One, Friday) - the new sitcom exploring the accelerating dotage of the Sixties generation - my first instinct was to seek out the writer, Richard Pinto, wherever he may be, and buy him a nice cup of tea.

Jake Wallis Simons, The Telegraph, 15th August 2014

To give you the flavour of this new comedy set around an Asian family, at one stage its hero, self-appointed "community leader" Mr Khan, drives to his local mosque and parks in a disabled space. As he gets out of the car passers-by shoot him a look, so he starts limping heavily.

It's not the episode's finest moment but it shows that writers Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto are not proud about where they'll look for laughs. Luckily, Khan himself is a brilliant creation by Adil Ray. Tonight, his daughter is set to get married, but Khan has foolishly failed to book the mosque.

David Butcher, Radio Times, 27th August 2012

Let's face it, fantasy isn't a hard genre to lampoon. But spoofs don't always click, as BBC2's Kröd Mändoon proved. Now in its third series, this chirpy sitcom works by virtue of the domestic trivia grafted on to the magical landscape. Stephen "He gets around a bit" Mangan returns as novelist Sam, who nobly volunteers to stay behind while the others set off to kill the man-munching Giant of Rankor (are writers Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto Star Wars fans?). Alistair McGowan tops the excellent cast as the scheming Lord Darkness. I loved his "sinister" incantations: "Volare, oh-oh... cantare..."

Mark Braxton, Radio Times, 17th October 2011

As promised here's the finished illustration for the Radio Times radio section to highlight the six part comedy serial 'ElvenQuest' by Richard Pinto and Anil Gupta. Its on Radio 4 on Wednesday night but like all good things from the BBC you can catch it again on the iPlayer (the link will only be active for about another five days) which is how I listened to the first episode and very good it is too.

Graeme Neil Reid, 2nd May 2009

BBC axes Mutual Friends

BBC1 has axed primetime comedy-drama Mutual Friends after just one series.

The Hat Trick show, penned by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto, was initially planned as a one-off about male friendship featuring comedians Ben Miller and Alexander Armstrong but was later commissioned for a 6 x 60-minute series.

Robin Parker, Broadcast, 1st May 2009

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