Some of comedy's hottest names have been busy working on new sitcom pilots for BBC iPlayer, airing in September, with the hope of these creative projects later being picked up for a television series.Becca Moody, Moody Comedy, 19th October 2016
In my last post I looked at three of the sitcom revivals that the BBC have produced but alongside these pieces, this new season also includes five new sitcom pilots. Over the next two weeks, all five of these shows will air and in this article I will pass judgement on them all.Matt Donnelly, The Custard TV, 6th September 2016
If you are meant to leave the best until last, does that mean that you put your worst first? If that's the case, then the BBC is following that rule with its sitcom season.Shouting At The Telly, 2nd September 2016
For a while there was the concept that sitcom characters had to be sympathetic and relatable. Well, that idea's gone out of the window with Our Ex-Wife, a bitterly antagonistic new comedy being piloted as part of the BBC's Landmark Sitcom series.Steve Bennett, Chortle, 1st September 2016
This is a pilot and it's screamingly obvious. If this sitcom wants to be given a series then it needs to tidy itself up. There are scenes which are ridiculous, yet some comedy promise does lurk. With drastic nipping and tucking, it could work. Until that day, we're left with a bitterly divorced couple who fantasise about killing, slashing and decapitating one another. These scenes of daft cartoon violence are an embarrassing blot on what could be a good story.
Jack and Hilary are divorced but still loathe one another. Five years on, Jack (Robert Webb) is remarrying, this time to a sweet, naïve American woman, but he quakes at the thought of her meeting his ex. His fiancée soothes his fears and assures him: "Your ex-wife is my ex-wife" and Jack is forced to play nice and invite the "psychotic whore" to Sunday lunch.Julie McDowall, The National, 1st September 2016
Robert Webb and Victoria Hamilton play warring divorcees in this superbly performed, spectacularly grim one-off from former Simpsons writer Julie Thacker-Scully. Pitched almost entirely on one, weapons-grade emotional setting, with Webb screeching at Hamilton in full-on Linda Blair mode, this passes through black comedy into some kind of nihilistic death cult. Possibly cathartic for those going through separations, but deeply odd nonetheless.Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 1st September 2016