Did we like it?
Unlike every other sitcom in the 8.30pm Friday slot on BBc1, this wasn’t full of childish humour and blithering idiocy. However, it did lack jokes. Which is a bit of a problem.
What was good about it?
• The amusingly lacklustre 96 Tears that opened the programme. Even Daniel on The X factor would have struggled to turn such a good tune into such a dirge.
• Black Night sounded pretty good with a bouzouki banging out the riff.
• Teenage actors Peter Losasso, David Barseghian and Franz Drameh as Jack, Eddie and Granville performed well.
What was bad about it?
• The depiction of contemporary schoolboys was standard girl-obsessed, bruv, bruv bruv stuff. Watch The Inbetweeners if you want to see it done properly.
• Jimmy Nail doesn’t have the right sensibility for sitcoms – or music. Another actor could have got some pathos out of his one hit wonder status as the composer of Click’s I Cry (Don’t You Read the Papers), a hit back in the 1980s. Watch Creme Brulee on League of Gentlemen if you want to see it done properly.
• The posh, pompous lawyer Ashton was the best of the characters, but he’s a one-note joke. Many times before, we’ve heard attempts at sarcasm such as: “Reisling. Interesting choice. They say the sweet wines of Germany are making a comeback.” Watch anything by Ricky Gervais if you want to see it done better.
• Attempts to make fun of parental pressure failed. Watch The Cup if you want to see it done less badly.
• Niky Wardley was the best of the adult actors but didn’t have much material to play with. Her resigned “It’s like living with the Taliban” was the show’s best line as she referred to her daughter’s ban on mother laughing, telling jokes, dancing or wearing short skirts.