Russell T Davies, currently at the height of his powers as head writer and producer of Doctor Who, is enjoying wide-spread acclaim of late. This series doesn't seem to have become the massive success that his Queer as Folk, The Second Coming or even Dark Season attained however. Indeed, many who haven't seen it often dismiss it as "Jonathan Creek being gay on ITV". It's easy to see why - the series doesn't really add anything as new or immediately different as the hedonism of Folk or the apocalypse of Second Coming. But it is, in its own way, utterly brilliant.
Funny and charming, the story of a gay man who falls in love with a woman is beautifully acted and amazingly astute in its social observation (probably because it's very loosley based on the experiences of a gay friend of Davies'). The two leads are great, but the supporting cast (most notably Penelope Wilton as Bob's eccentric mother and Jessica Stevenson as his jealous best friend) are also extrordinary.
It's also shamelessly optimistic and uplifting, with some wonderful make-you-smile moments, aided by the lovely score. Its aim is to demonstrate how even the most ordinary, everyday scenario can yield the most wonderful things. In this it is an unqualified success - the final monologue makes you almost tearful it's so beautiful.