Netflix kicked off 2018 by releasing the third season of the critically-acclaimed Lovesick, but now attention has inevitably turned to the possibility of a fourth season.Metro, 2nd January 2018
From creator Tom Edge comes a witty British comedy about lust, love, deceit, and yes, sex. Lots of sex.Olivia Armstrong, Decider, 15th April 2015
I recently did a Q&A with writer Tom Edge (Pramface, The Midnight Beast) about his new Channel 4 comedy Scrotal Recall, which concerns a young romantic with Chlamydia who tracks down his exes to inform them they could be infected. You can read the results below...Dan Owen, Dan's Media Digest, 7th October 2014
Channel 4 also brought us an enjoyable new sitcom in the form of the awfully-titled but quite funny Scrotal Recall. The comedy's central conceit sees likeable Dylan (Johnny Flynn) forced to contact all of his former sexual conquests after being diagnosed with chlamydia. Dylan then draws up a list of his exes, in alphabetical order, as he prepares to give them the news one-by-one. The majority of the episode is then told in flashback as we learn about how he met the first girl on the list, hotel desk clerk Abigail (Hannah Britland), whilst at a wedding with another woman. The awkward wedding reception is a scenario that has been played out time and time again in sitcoms, but I felt that Scrotal Recall did a good job at keeping the story feeling fresh. This first episode also introduced us to Dylan's friend Luke (Daniel Ings); a sexual predator with no morals who basically attempts to bed as many bridesmaids as possible. At times I found Luke to be too similar to How I Met Your Mother's Barney to believe in him as a realistic character but at the same time he did provide a lot of the best gags. Writer Tom Edge also adds quite a sweet element to the sitcom in the unrequited feelings that Dylan's friend Evie (Antonia Thomas) has for him. Although this part of the plot could come off as clichéd; Edge meshes both elements of the comedy well enough for it never to feel too saccharine. As the majority of the sitcom happens three years in the past, I was shocked to discover that in the present Evie is engaged to another man whilst Dylan is left looking forlorn during her engagement party. Although I didn't have massive expectations going into Scrotal Recall I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would and I laughed out loud at least four times during the twenty or so minute run time. Flynn and Thomas are likeable leads whilst Ings brings a larger-than-life persona to the despicable Luke. All-in-all I thought Scrotal Recall showed bags of potential and I'll definitely be tuning in next week for episode two.The Custard TV, 5th October 2014
It's never a good idea to have a pun in a name. Book titles, bands, babies, yachts, TV shows, anything. Come up with it, say it out loud, have a laugh, have a groan, move on, that's the correct behaviour. What's funny now won't be next week. Even a good pun - which, admittedly, Scrotal Recall (Channel 4) is - will irritate in time, if you have to live with it. Imagine if it gets recommissioned.
It's not just a good pun, but an apt one too. Dylan (played by likable actor/folk singer/posh boy Johnny Flynn) finds out he has chlamydia and must contact all the people he's ever slept with, to tell them the news. So memory and (presumably) nutsacks do come in to it. But there's a sweaty, visceral, hairy, loose-skinned crudity about the title that doesn't quite fit Tom Edge's new comedy, tonally.
Dylan's doing it - recalling his sex life - alphabetically, starting with A, for Abigail, three years ago at a wedding. Which one is she, though? The new girlfriend, who dumps him, during the marriage service? One of the bridesmaids? The hot vicar (complete with dog collar, woof woof)? "Definitely top of the wedding sex pyramid," says Dylan's louche mate Luke (Daniel Ings). So there's a guessing game, a nice element of whodun'im about it. [Spoiler alert: don't read the rest of this paragraph if you haven't yet seen it and plan to.] The answer turns out to be none of the above, but the girl behind the desk of the hotel. It's obvious, in retrospect. "Ding if you need me," she said. He did, so he did.
There's more to Scrotal Recall than ding-dong and scrotums and "wall-to-wall snatch" (louche Luke's description of the wedding), though. It's about Dylan's examination of himself, and his relationship with women, including best friend/true love Evie (Antonia Thomas from Misfits). It's about how love hurts, and not just when he pees. There's something of Four Weddings about it, and One Day (you know, by David Nicholls, whose new novel Us is already being read by the person opposite you on the train). Charming, then. But also with drunkenness, and falling over, and bodily fluids. And it's very funny. I already hope it gets recommissioned. I can live with the title.Sam Wollaston, The Guardian, 3rd October 2014