Good comedy is worth its weight in gold - let's face it, there's a lot of rubbish around, a lot of which gets commissioned again and again.
Why is why it's so puzzling (not to say infuriating) that when an outstandingly funny, dark and original comedy does come along, it's axed after two series 'to make way for new projects'. Hmmm. Somehow not convinced.
Anyway, back to Pulling. It really is outstanding. There isn't a duff scene, performance or joke, and while the humour is relentless, it treads the very thin line between comedy and tragedy beautifully. There isn't a subject on earth it isn't willing to touch - from domestic violence to killing a cat with a brick, the programme manages to be consistently funny in order to highlight the truly tragic side of life. One of the main characters (who deserves an award for her performance) appears to be constantly drunk or on drugs, and while this is a comic gold mine, her behaviour is portrayed as tragic and irresponsible rather than all good fun.
I also love the relationship between Donna and Karl, which is entirely believable. You can understand why Donna dumped him at the alter, but then you can see exactly why she comes to fall in love with him all over again - and we wince as their insecurities get in the way time after time. The very last episode in series 2 is particularly poignant in this respect.
All in all, a fantastic show, axed in its prime (but at its peak.) It may go beyond the boundaries of taste for some - so if you prefer Last of the Summer Wine, stay well away. But if you like dark, original, superbly acted and wonderfully written comedy, then buy this now.
There is also a sixty minute special to tie up the loose ends, which doesn't appear on this DVD, but which is available to download on I-Tunes.