How Do You Want Me was a hidden gem and masterpiece from the tail end of the 90s and early 00s.
I was very fortunate to catch it first time round, though it seemed I was in a minority. As such it swiftly became one of those programmes you loved not only because it was very well made and dry and witty but because it was yours and yours alone!
Essentially then, I feel it's either a programme you'll love or you simply cannot take to.
Basically the premise is a shy, bumbling and awkward city boy moves to the country where his new wife was brought up to find he has married into a dominant, prestigious respected and dysfunctional family that rules the village and, in the father's case, despises him.
Think Straw Dogs with laughs.
But these are subtle laughs and moments of sheer joy around some eerie unsettling silence which meets our hero.
Dylan Moran shines as Ian, the fish out of water, whilst the late Charlotte Coleman, who tragically died not long after series 2 finished, is at her kooky and wise best as his wife Lisa.
Frank Finlay steals virtually every episode he appears in as Lisa's father, a man who, it seems, will stop at nothing to remove Ian from his family. Look out for the episode where he stares out his misbehaving overgrown child of a son, played by Peter Serafanowicz, it is a lesson in underplaying malevolance!
This is intelligent comedy that treats its veiwers like adults. There is no canned laughter, no obviously comedic situations and no playing knowingly to any audience as it is lovingly shot on film and superbly directed by John Henderson, with each shot resembling the most beautiful photograph, the kind that hopeless 'pro' photographer Ian could only dream of!