The Other One, assuredly a pilot looking for a commission, written by the fab comedian Holly Walsh, was an unlooked-for delight, a fresh and wildly enjoyable half-hour about a just-dead charmer of a bigamist who turns out to have fathered two very-alive daughters, Cathy and Cat. Middle-middle-class Cathy has already downloaded all the TED talks on coping with grief; decidedly non-posh Cat, who's "this summer, finally completed Tinder", decidedly hasn't. They bond nevertheless, in new-found daughterdom and in wry grief.
Siobhan Finneran as one of the mums displays an unexpected and gleeful surefootedness for comedy, but the breakout find is Ellie White (Beatrice in The Windsors) who, as Cathy, dominates every scene with her subtly tremendous mix of unspoken class-horror, and kindness, and just-naughty-enoughness. I'm already a little in love. Expect - hope for, fervently - that commission, and an (equally deserved) run on the back-catalogue of Supertramp.Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 17th September 2017
It's good to see a comedy pilot that is more about character and narrative momentum than it is about gags. And one that doesn't come with laughter included; you get to decide yourself whether to or not, almost like you're an adult. I am not convinced the premise screams six-episode series, but I'd be delighted to be proved wrong.Sam Wollaston, The Guardian, 14th September 2017
Where The Other One shows true promise is in the performers.Bernadette McNulty, i Newspaper, 13th September 2017
Unhappy families make for a comedy with class.Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 13th September 2017
Admirably, Walsh covers quite a lot of ground in her 30 minutes -including a payoff that suggests further storylines to be plundered should this pilot be picked up for the full series. It certainly seems to be the one of the BBC's current batch of pilots with the most promise so far.Steve Bennett, Chortle, 13th September 2017
If the BBC doesn't find a way to make this into a series I'll be thinking twice about paying for my TV licence next year.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 13th September 2017
Written by sometime Sharon Horgan collaborator Holly Walsh, this sitcom pilot acts as a showcase for four brilliant, but often underserved, comic talents: Ellie White, Lauren Socha, Siobhan Finneran and Rebecca Front. The former two play sisters - one posh, one not - who only discover each other's existence after their father dies suddenly. Tension is inevitable, but it's nothing a Supertramp singalong won't soothe. Here's hoping for a full series.Ellen E. Jones, The Guardian, 13th September 2017