ITV have been low on drama hits for a long time. The likes of Monday Monday and Harley Street have crashed and burned and although others like Unforgiven and Collision have shown that the channel still has the potential to produce the good stuff there are few and far between on a channel that would rather concentrate their time on celebrity opera singers and dinner parties hosted by Michael Winner.
That’s why my little eyes lit up when new drama Married Single Other was given a airdate. The premise is hardly a new one centering around a group of friends dealing with love, lust and something else beginning with L that I can’t quite think of at the moment. I had hoped the series would be similar to ITV’s drama jewel Cold Feet which will remain one of my favourite series of all time.
Putting the content or premise aside after weeks of the lackluster Law & Order UK it was just nice to have a new drama that wasn’t a whodunnit or a series hosted by Alan Titshmarsh.
Married, Single Other isn’t the new Cold Feet but it manages to be interesting enough to keep me interested. Perhaps the characters aren’t quite as likeable if I were to compare the two side by side but there are good levels of drama and humour to make it an easy watch.
Married Single Other takes its role as a romantic comedy very seriously often turning a little twee and sickly in places where the romance is sometimes shoved down your throat. The opening sequence was a hair away from having hearts and puppies running through a field full of buttercups and that was a little off putting.
The cast is strong with perhaps Amanda Abbington and Dean Lennox Kelly’s characters being the most interesting as I feel I can predict where Lucy Davis’ character is going to end up and Ralf Little as “Clint” (an attempt at humour that fell flat) seems to be playing himself.
The series isn’t quite the jewel I was hoping for but saying that its unfair the judge something based soley on a first episode where the characters need to be introduced and stories laid down but it shows enough promise to become a success.