Season 1 rating: 96/100
TV Series Info
Struggling to come to terms with his wife’s death, a writer for a newspaper adopts a gruff new persona in an effort to push away those trying to help.
|Ricky Gervais||Tony||Season 1|
|Tom Basden||Matt||Season 1|
|Tony Way||Lenny||Season 1|
|Diane Morgan||Kath||Season 1|
|Mandeep Dhillon||Sandy||Season 1|
|David Bradley||Tony’s Dad||Season 1|
|Ashley Jensen||Nurse||Season 1|
|Kerry Godliman||Lisa||Season 1|
|Paul Kaye||Psychiatrist||Season 1|
|Penelope Wilton||Anne||Season 1|
The location of a small town or village was a great idea to use, it created a more local feel and gave you some great humour when it came to doing a free newspaper. The place felt more connected, like everyone knew everyone else. The characters were mostly stereotypical, but they did have a few twists to them e.g. Matt was a caring boss, but had some underlining problems with his marriage. They showed what the issues are of days world instead of years ago, having such an impact without popularising it is a skill and I think they do it well. If there was one thing to improve I would say, maybe get some real life victims of depression and use their stories in the next season; if there is one.
A humorous and emotional story that has made my heart melt. They had great comic timing and so depressingly funny. What I liked was that it had the right balance of seriousness and wit when it came to talking and dealing with depression and suicide. It never tried to mock suicide, merely show the effects of it in a way that made us laugh and cry etc. By the end everything is rounded off, having the character Tony make everyones day a little better, it was good to have an ending so sweet as it was like the cherry on the cake.
Some scenes could have been done differently, for example, the dating scene seemed a bit too forced and had me wondering if someone would actually say that on a date. It is a hard subject to cover and even though it could be considered rusty in some areas, I liked it and hope to see other series come of it.
It was good to see use of blue lighting for sadder scenes and more vibrant colour for happier parts. All the scene were carefully chosen and filmed, they cleverly integrated the videos of Tony’s wife into each episode, they acted almost as a narrative, giving us hints on what Tony’s behaviour and life would be like after the passing of Lisa. They liked to use close ups to create moments of sadness and they would hold the camera on those moments just a second longer to make you feel it, very well engineered and love everything hey had to show.
A great cast that had a level of professionalism when working with the topic. Ricky Gervais has me wanting more once again, a convincing and funny performance, well done. A few who stood out to me were Tony Way, Tom Basden, Dianne Morgan and Kerry Godliman, they all had something that added to the series, whether it be funny, serious or made you cry.