Series 1, Episode 1 - One Day In The Life Of Rosie Yates
Rosie Yates is a nine-year-old girl with severe learning disability due to an undiagnosed chromosomal disorder, living with her dad Simon, mum Emily and brother Ben.
It's a typical Saturday for the family, one which revolves around trying to get Rosie to do simple things - go to the park for some fresh air, eat her lunch, go to bed. Rosie leaves a trail of destruction in her wake, ramping up Simon's stress - in his short-sighted attempts to get her to go to sleep too early, he only makes things worse.
An earlier timeline shows how Simon and Emily first confront the inescapable truth that something is wrong with their baby daughter.
- Tuesday 16th October 2018
- BBC Four
- 30 minutes
Show past repeats
Cast & crew
|Oliver Gibbs||Young Ben|
|Charlie Coletta||Midwife 1|
|Rebecca Deren||Midwife 2|
|Tim Mannion||1st Assistant Director|
|Alex Moody||Executive Producer|
|Sharon Horgan||Executive Producer|
|Clelia Mountford||Executive Producer|
|Shaun Pye||Associate Producer|
|Bobbie Cousins||Production Designer|
|Kevin Riddle||Casting Director|
|Rae Hendrie||Casting Director|
|Caroline Pitcher||Costume Designer|
|Vanessa Whyte||Director of Photography|
|Jo Jenkins||Make-up Designer|
There She Goes, now returning for its second series, and starring Bafta-winning Jessica Hynes (Emily) and David Tennant (Simon) as parents of a daughter, Rosie (Miley Locke), with severe learning difficulties, is a defiantly dark comedy based on the real-life experiences of writers Shaun Pye and Sarah Crawford, whose own daughter was born with a severe chromosomal disorder. Do not come to this show expecting sweet-hearted platitudes. As before, this series is based in two time zones (Rosie as a toddler and as an 11-year-old), and the couple are sarcastic, frayed, and argue viciously, with Simon considering leaving.
Other series such as The A Word do a great job of featuring life with disabled children, but perhaps There She Goes goes further to convey nerve-shredded family dynamics. When the couple are told that toddler-Rosie has an IQ of 47, but will be assessed again, Simon retorts: "We'll make sure she revises harder." This is a courageous, heartbreaking show, and Locke as Rosie is dynamite.Barbara Ellen, The Guardian, 12th July 2020
There She Goes is a triumph, itch-lousy with one-liners, heartache, bathos, curses and much spilt milk, as far from mawkish as, say, David Sedaris is from the language of Hallmark cards.
Shaun Pye's new sitcom exploring his own experiences/trials with his daughter, born with an undiagnosed chromosomal disorder, was gutsily and refreshingly honest, as befits someone who writes for Frankie Boyle (he was also Ricky Gervais's thespy nemesis in Extras). His lines, as delivered by David Tennant and Jessica Hynes - we all knew Tennant could do comedy; few suspected Hynes could do serious: she's a revelation - manage to be both bitter, frustrated, loving to the ends of the Earth and very and occasionally filthily funny. Tennant's Simon can't smack Rosie (Miley Locke), though she is battering an endless hole in the wall with the door handle - seriously, determinedly, rhythmically; it's better than most X-Factor finals. He takes it out on her favourite toy, a hippo, and, my, there's anger there, the beseeching "be normal" anger of a parent of course but, given Rosie's problems, it's like watching an overtuned Stradivarius, one ratchet suddenly turned too tight, and everything will collapse in a welter of discord and broken spruce.
They survive. As people do. They seek advice: most of it, as ever, simplistic and blindingly obvious, to the extent that one sometimes wonders whether the authorities are actually pleased that families might have brains of their own, or are in fact repelled by the very concept. It's a glorious watch.Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 21st October 2018
A TV show can be written with the best of intentions, made with love, commitment and an all-star cast, and yet sometimes this isn't enough.Rachel Cooke, The New Statesman, 17th October 2018
"Dad, Mum wants you - Rosie's hidden another poo." David Tennant and Jessica Hynes are the loving if beleaguered parents of a nine-year-old with severe learning disabilities, in this new series. It is drawn from the real-life experiences of its creator Shaun Pye, whose daughter was born in 2006 with a rare, undiagnosed chromosomal disorder. Although this is billed as a comedy-drama, the laughs are, like the aforementioned poo, rather deftly concealed amid the tough, very affecting subject matter and performances.Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 16th October 2018
The Doctor Who actor plays the father of a child with a disability in a new comedy drama for BBC4.Michael Hodges, Radio Times, 16th October 2018
The ups and downs of life with a special needs child.Abby Robinson, Digital Spy, 16th October 2018
The series doesn't slot easily into any given category, such as comedy, biopic, tragicomedy or drama, but that tends to make it the more intriguing and rewarding as a result.Sean O'Grady, The Independent, 16th October 2018
Was BBC Four's new comedy There She Goes funny? No, not really. Was it an easy watch? No, not really. Did I enjoy it? I'm still not 100% sure if I'm honest. I already seem quite unqualified to be writing this review.Luke, The Custard TV, 16th October 2018