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This has been the apotheosis of the modern sadcom: delicate and bereft, but with an undertow of hope that its characters will find their place. Embodying that bittersweet balance is the show's co-writer, Toby Jones, as the titular coach driver, for whom redemption may - in this season finale - be near.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 14th May 2019

Seriously funny: why we fell in love with dramedies

From Toby Jones's Don't Forget the Driver to Ricky Gervais in After Life, a new breed of 'dark comedy' is wowing TV critics and audiences.

Vanessa Thorpe, The Guardian, 11th May 2019

A pivotal, penultimate instalment of a series that's stealthily taking its place in 2019's comedy pantheon. Proving that star/co-writer Toby Jones and creator Tim Crouch can do taut episodes as well as artful longueurs, Pete's improvised family share a day of epiphanies ... at a model village.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 7th May 2019

There is still time to get caught up in this downbeat dramedy, which, with typical Toby Jones understatement, has quietly become one of the best things on television. In this fourth episode, coach driver Peter (Jones) comes a cropper explaining Shakespeare to a Japanese tourist, but he is soon back tackling more topical national anxieties, such as how much responsibility to take for the refugee crisis. It is an abstract problem made flesh by his house guest Rita (Luwam Teklizgi).

Ellen E. Jones, The Guardian, 30th April 2019

Problematic was the opener to Don't Forget the Driver. I'm sure we all love Toby Jones, star and co-writer with playwright Tim Crouch, but fear this is too soulful, too sharply now, to garner the audiences it truly deserves. Part of the problem is classification: for a "dark comedy" there are precious few outright laughs, especially once people-smuggling and drowned bodies intrude, and hence it also fails "gentle", as fans of Detectorists might have wished.

Instead, I urge you not to classify, and to forge further, to keep Jones's faith. You will be rewarded - not instantly, but well. This ambitiously sad drama succeeds, often despite itself, in clarifying the unclarifiable now, a now of left-behind seaside towns, unquantifiable regrets, the equal satisfactions and smugnesses which small island lives bring, the long, dark teatimes of the soul, the stuttered emergence into rain-dappled, crisp-bagged uplands. It might not yet ring funny. It always rings true.

Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 14th April 2019

Don't Forget the Driver review

This new dark-comedy has bags of promise and potential.

Andy Lloyd, Telly Binge, 12th April 2019

Toby Jones and Tim Crouch interview

It's hard to tell a story about people smuggling through the lens of humour, but if anyone can do it, it's Toby Jones and his writing sidekick Tim Crouch.

Adrian Lobb, The Big Issue, 11th April 2019

Review: Don't Forget the Driver

Don't Forget The Driver sets out to portray both the beauty and ugliness of small-town Britain but in doing so separately can often feel like a mixed bag, when in real life, and in the series in its better moments, these things can overlap or even be one in the same.

Jacob Gibbs, On The Box, 10th April 2019