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AS IT IS?
on 3 February 2012
Young(ish) love - Steve and Becky's idea of bliss as much sex as possible alternating with junk food. The six part series is set in Steve's flat (which they may eventually tidy), each episode unfolding in real time.
Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani head the cast, Stefan Golaszewski's scripts hailed as more authentic than most. This is a life where gentle teasing occasionally escalates into deliberate needling and furious rows - their origin smelly farts, scattered nail clippings, crumbs in the bed, use of the wrong toothbrush, failure to flush the lavatory. Forever intruding are somewhat unnerving relatives and acquaintances - they anxious to unburden woes ranging from stepping in dog muck to suspicions of infidelity.
It is all certainly different - a welcome break from those sitcoms full of polished one-liners, as a studio audience howls with mirth. Here squirmy aspects of life are acutely observed, viewers perhaps uncomfortably reminded of similar embarrassments.
Commentaries + almost an hour of bonuses - the cast amusingly merciless about their colleagues' shortcomings.
Easily shocked viewers may recoil a bit, others relish a rare glimpse of refreshing honesty.