Nighty Night. Jill Tyrell (Julia Davis). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions.

Nighty Night

BBC Three sitcom by Julia Davis. 12 episodes (2 series), 2004 - 2005. Stars Julia Davis, Angus Deayton, Rebecca Front, Ruth Jones and others.

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The 100 best TV shows of the 21st century

The Thick Of It is the highest rated British comedy in fourth place. Also listed: The Office (6), Fleabag (8), Peep Show (9), Nighty Night (16), Black Mirror (23), Spaced (29), Catastrophe (34), Brass Eye (37), Detectorists (38), Nathan Barley (47), Black Books (53), Inside No. 9 (66), Shameless (70), The Inbetweeners (74), Gavin and Stacey (81), Fresh Meat (86), Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (92), The Trip (95) and The Mighty Boosh (98).

The Guardian, 16th September 2019

Interview: why David Cross loves Nighty Night

David Cross is not one to shy away from ugliness. Whether it's hairplug-rejecting Tobias F√ľnke on Arrested Development or voicing Lakeith Stanfield's white voice in Sorry to Bother You, Cross is not afraid of discomfort. So it makes sense that he's a fan of the British bleak cringe comedy of the early aughts. Awkward, provocative, and downright gnarly comedy ruled England from the late '80s on. Shows like Knowing Me, Knowing You, The Office, and Snuff Box stretched the limits of unlikable protagonists. But Julia Davis out-yikes'ed them all with Nighty Night. The first episode sets the tone for the rest of the show. In a doctor's office, Davis's character Jill sobs, "I mean why, why me?" Her husband Terry consoles her, reminding Jill that he's the one with cancer.

Bethy Squires, Vulture, 30th October 2018

Five classic comedies that owe a debt to TLOG

The taboo-busting grotesques of Royston Vasey were a breath of fresh air when they first appeared on stage 20 years ago quickly followed by appearances on BBC Radio and TV. Here are the shows that might not have existed in the same way without them...

Ben Dowell, Radio Times, 18th December 2017

Why I love Nighty Night

It's pitch black dark, but Alison Carr recommends Julia Davis's masterpiece as a cast-iron laugh factory.

Alison Carr, Standard Issue, 23rd November 2016

No laughing matter: the rise of the TV 'sadcom'

From Transparent and Master Of None to Fleabag and Flowers, the latest comedy series are ditching gags for harsh reality and breaking new ground in the process.

Rachel Aroesti, The Guardian, 11th October 2016

Radio Times launches a poll to name the best sitcom since 2000

Radio Times has launched a poll to name the best British TV sitcom broadcast since the year 2000. There are 40 shows in the shortlist.

British Comedy Guide, 19th July 2016

Why studio laughter has no place in modern sitcoms

From Friends to Father Ted, some of the greatest sitcoms of all time have had laughter included on the soundtrack. But audiences have grown more sophisticated - and TV needs to follow their lead.

Sam Wollaston, The Guardian, 29th June 2016

Nighty Night box set review

Would-be husband stealer Jill Tyrrell is a frankly terrible human being - and a brilliant comic creation by Julia Davis.

David Renshaw, The Guardian, 13th November 2014

'Nighty Night': Tube Talk Gold

If you like your comedy dark, twisted and even more bitter than bittersweet, chances are you were a fan of the BBC's sitcom Nighty Night.

Catriona Wightman, Digital Spy, 18th February 2012