There She Goes. Image shows from L to R: Emily (Jessica Hynes), Rosie (Miley Locke), Simon (David Tennant), Ben (Edan Hayhurst). Copyright: Merman
There She Goes

There She Goes

  • TV comedy drama
  • BBC Two / BBC Four
  • 2018 - 2020
  • 10 episodes (2 series)

Comedy drama about a family whose 9-year old girl has severe learning disabilities. Stars Miley Locke, David Tennant, Jessica Hynes, Edan Hayhurst, Yasmine Akram and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1 - One Day In The Life Of Rosie Yates

There She Goes. Rosie (Miley Locke). Copyright: Merman
It's a typical Saturday for the family, starting with an attempt to get Rosie to the park for some fresh air. She refuses to cooperate, instead biting and clawing at her parents, running across the road then lying down and refusing point blank to move.

Further details

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.

Broadcast details

Date
Tuesday 16th October 2018
Time
10pm
Channel
BBC Four
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 20th October 2018 10:30pm BBC4
Wednesday 29th July 2020 12:40am BBC4

Cast & crew

Cast
Miley Locke Rosie
David Tennant Simon
Jessica Hynes Emily
Edan Hayhurst Ben
Yasmine Akram Helen
Serena Evans Grandma
Oliver Gibbs Young Ben
Ben Willbond Chris
Guest cast
Charlie Coletta Midwife 1
Rebecca Deren Midwife 2
Justin Edwards Barney
Sophia Johnson Ellie
Writing team
Shaun Pye Writer
Production team
Simon Hynd Director
Tim Mannion 1st Assistant Director
Clelia Mountford Producer
Alex Moody Executive Producer
Sharon Horgan Executive Producer
Clelia Mountford Executive Producer
Shaun Pye Associate Producer
Mike Holliday Editor
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

Press

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

Reviews: There She Goes; This Country

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

David Tennant - There She Goes interview

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

There She Goes is funnier than it has any right to be

The ups and downs of life with a special needs child.

Abby Robinson, Digital Spy, 16th October 2018

There She Goes, episode one review

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

Review: There She Goes is an important piece of TV

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

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