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5.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious without being cynical, 31 May 2013
This is just an outstanding show. Whilst it takes a little while to find its feet (the first series is a little uneven), once it hits season 2 it seriously hits its stride. The joy of the show is that it manages to be just about the funniest thing on television without having to delve into cynicism or mean-spirited fun-poking, whilst maintaining all the while a central cast of likeable characters who are each given their own space to develop.
Also, it doesn't hurt that one of the themes of the show (a committed public servant fighting to maintain the public services she so cherishes in the face of budget cuts and bureaucracy) resonates so closely with the situation on both sides of the Atlantic in the wake of the recession.
All in all it is easy to see why this show has developed a cult following in the US and, to a lesser extent, here in the UK and all credit to the BBC for bringing it to our screens.
A must see.