Joseph Millson's role in Campus catered for a particular audience. As English professor Matt Beer in Victoria Pile's comedy, he started out a womanising layabout and ended up... well, a more sensitive layabout. Millson speaks enthusiastically of a rehearsal and improvisation process that enabled the close-knit cast to have more creative input than normal on a TV project.
Sadly, a second series was not to be - "which is very confusing because it was commissioned - it was written, I believe - and then at the 11th hour dropped by Channel 4.
"I've got my own theory, I don't care if I get sued for it - I think it's because the very wonderful series called Fresh Meat was slated at a similar time, and they probably didn't want two university comedies. Although I think they would have complemented each other brilliantly."Laura Pledger, Radio Times, 6th December 2011
Channel 4's unloved successor to Green Wing continues on its wobbly course. Perhaps it's the result of trying to fill up an hour of screen time, but some scenes here are dire - flat, crude or plain unpleasant - then a lovely comic idea will be tossed aside in the kind of scene most sitcoms could base a whole episode around. This week, Kirke University's vice chancellor reveals he's a former jockey, stands with a live owl on his head, toasts a crumpet on a video image of a fire, sells melons from his golf cart, gets a turban - and so on. The screwball surrealism is overdone, but there are more human touches, too: accommodation officer Nicole finds new ways to flirt with (and unsettle) accounts square Jason, while Lydia takes a collection for her own birthday.David Butcher, Radio Times, 19th April 2011
What a disappointment this is turning out to be. I even gave it two weeks, in the hope it might improve, but it's only getting worse.Roz Laws, Sunday Mercury, 17th April 2011