Jane Hall is a witty comedy written by Sally Wainwright of 'at home with the braithwaites'. I found the Braithwaites highly addictive and is one of my all time favourite programmes, so I thought I would give this a go. Im glad I did.
Jane starts out as an unemployed, hopeless and rather geeky young woman still living with her posh and somewhat snobby parents, who view their daughter as much of a disappointment. After an argument, Jane takes off to London to become a bus driver, where at first she is bullied. Her parents are mistakenly impressed when they gain the impression Jane has a new boyfriend that works in the civil service, and that she may also be getting a job there. However, Jane's parents are soon disgruntled when they find out the truth. Despite this, as the series progresses, Jane takes on the form more of her alter ego- as she finds new romance, friends and even a heroic streak. Of course, things are never simple, and the series moves at a fast pace with one shocking revelation and twist after another, with well written characters- my personal favourite being the shy but eccentric Robert.
There are similarities with the Braithwaites, but in many ways Jane Hall has its own unique style. At times, it is almost like a soap opera turned comedy.
The only disappointment regarding Jane Hall is the series- only 6 episodes long- ends on a rather strange note. Things seem to be in full swing and then that's it, it ends, and you are left thinking "oh.. is that it?". I guess this was intentional, to create demand for another series, and it is a shame there where no further episodes.
I still personally prefer the Braithwaites, but Jane Hall contains many hilarious moments and is not to be missed.