Samantha Spiro.

Samantha Spiro


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Guest cast revealed for Plebs Series 5

Filming is now underway on Series 5 of Plebs. Guest stars will include Amanda Holden, Emilia Fox, Tony Robinson, John Thomson, Tracy Ann Oberman and Kevin Bishop.

British Comedy Guide, 24th May 2019

Semi-Detached review

The first sitcom pilot of the year stars Lee Mack in this real-time story set over one man's terrible half-hour (although the pilot's only 20 minutes long).

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 6th January 2019

TV: Semi-Detached, BBC2

After his foray into live sitcom with Not Going Out just before Christmas Lee Mack is back in sitcomland with this all-star fast-paced one-off pilot in which the twist is that everything happens in real time.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 6th January 2019

Semi-Detached review

There may be questions over whether the furious pace can be sustained for the extra 50 per cent running time required for the traditional BBC sitcom half-hour. Or indeed whether such maelstroms of mayhem can be conjured up week after week. But this is a promising germ for that holy grail of comedy commissioners everywhere: a mainstream suburban sitcom that doesn't suck.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 5th January 2019

Island of Dreams review: Richard Branson an easy target

Richard Branson makes an easy target in scurrilous sitcom.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 3rd January 2019

TV review: Island of Dreams, BBC2

Probably the best joke is the one about Virgin Trains being rubbish. Nice running gag. Or, given that the programme quips that the trains are a bit shit, maybe that should be non-running.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 3rd January 2019

Island Of Dreams preview

The Windsors creators Bert Tyler-Moore and George Jeffrie have not strayed too far from what they know with the latest BBC Two comedy pilot, with heightened versions of celebrities, rather than Royals, inhabiting Island Of Dreams.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 3rd January 2019