Hello. It's my last chance to write one of these, so I'm really going to give it some.Emmer Fryer, BBC Comedy, 22nd October 2009
The BBC sitcom about a local girl returning to her home town after 12 years is a brilliant, sophisticated, low-key show.Rebecca Nicholson, The Guardian, 22nd October 2009
Home Time reaches its conclusion after six delightfully droll weeks, which means the end of Gaynor's silence on what exactly drove her back to Cov. But first the gang end up at their school reunion, where rumours about what she's been up to spread around the library to the sound of Paul's band playing Kula Shaker covers. It's too dry and understated to have been an attention-grabber for BBC2, but the lack of showiness has been to its credit, and tonight's episode is a fine end to a taut and thoroughly original comedy.The Guardian, 22nd October 2009
Hello again. In Home Time episode five, The Girls finally hear the tick of the Growing Up Clock, as Kelly turns 30.Neil Edmond, BBC Comedy, 15th October 2009
Shifted from its usual Monday-night slot, the penultimate episode of Home Time brings the sadness that's been bubbling under the silliness right to the surface. It's Kelly's 30th birthday and the gang host a budget spa day in celebration (which means dropping a soluble aspirin in the bath). But a night out in Cov reminds them that life is moving forwards, whether they like it or not. And they really, really don't.The Guardian, 15th October 2009
Hello. We've decided to take this in turns. This week, Emma's 'doing up her hall'. I must again emphasise that this is not a euphemism. Not as far as I know. Either way, you're stuck with me.Neil Edmond, BBC Comedy, 5th October 2009
Home Time's Emma Fryer writes... Hello. I've never written a blog before. I'm not really sure what to talk about but here goes.David Thair, BBC Comedy, 28th September 2009
By studying what made Gavin & Stacey such a success, this sadcom offers an antidote to its predecessor's optimism and happy-go-lucky charm. Featuring emotionally distant parents and bitter schoolchums as opposed to tight-knit families and strong schooldays pals, it's no shock that prodigal daughter Gaynor - who's returned home at the age of 29 - ends up in a massive ruck with her mum. Still, her buddies help by tracking down Gaynor's old flame Paul Walsh, the one that got away...What's On TV, 28th September 2009
Taking her UCAS form round to Becky's last week failed to sort Gaynor out with the job of her dreams, so perhaps she'll have more luck with the man part of her checklist, especially now that Liam-Gallagher-lookalike Paul Walsh is back in town. The premise is simple - grown-up women acting like teenage girls - but it's still very funny, especially when Gaynor calls her mum a "life-sapping dickhead". She's not wrong.The Guardian, 28th September 2009
Home Time could almost be seen as a companion piece to Off the Hook, showing what happens when youthful aspirations turn sour.
Emma Fryer stars as 29-year-old Gaynor, reluctantly returning to her home town of Coventry, after 12 years trying to live the big city dream in London. The school friends she abandoned are slow to welcome her back, offer sympathy or forgive what they see as a terrible betrayal.
Fryer, the series' co-writer, generously provides her co-stars with all the best lines and is content to quietly wander through proceedings in a state of bemused distress. But don't be put off by Home Time's bitter-sweet premise. It is a delight - consistently funny, frequently inspired and very moving.Harry Venning, The Stage, 21st September 2009