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Him & Her - Series 1 [DVD]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2012
This has been a bit of a treasure hidden away on BBC Three. Its beauty is its subtlety and the way ir reflects realy life. Squeezing spots, eating frozen food before it defrosts, a "fringe wash" when you're too lazy to wash the whole thing, and finding out a flexible ruler is shatterable after all! We love this series and the box set is perfect easy watching.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2012
This is my favourite British TV comedy of the last few years by quite a distance. The strength lies in the relationship between Steve and Becky (a healthy mix of love, lust and good-humoured bickering), and how they cope with the lunacy of their assorted friends, relatives and associates. The irony is that, although they're the 'benefit scroungers', they are the sanest, most centred of all the characters.

Particularly impressive is the way that the episodes are engineered as real-time 25-minute snapshots. Often a conversation can be overheard going on in another room (although you do have to turn the volume up high!) while we watch what's going on elsewhere, only for everything to reconvene seamlessly moments later.

A good example of this appears on the second disk (which hasn't been mentioned much elsewhere), namely an unseen argument between Paul and Laura over the 'Sporty Spice lookalike' (see Episode 1). Other extras include informative (and often very funny) commentaries (by the lead actors, writer, director and producer), video diaries, deleted scenes as well as some other miscellanea. You certainly get the impression of the love and dedication given to the production.

Picture quality is as good as you're going to get on DVD. As I've been spoilt by HD-quality iPlayer episodes of series two, a Blu-Ray edition would be most welcome.

Also worth mentioning: because it's so superbly written, acted and produced, it is well worth watching and re-watching because there are loads of little details that you might otherwise miss. Check out Laura in particular for little glances, glares and face-pulls.

Him & Her is so good I've given it 5 stars - even though series 2 is even better. Can't wait for series 3 later in 2012.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 12 October 2010
This really is a breath of fresh air for a channel that has hardly been at the forefront of comedies for people who want a bit more thought put in. Both the leads are absolutely fantastic in their roles - Steve is portrayed brilliantly by Russell Tovey as blundering but well intentioned and likeable, and Sarah Solemani's cool, clever and often very subtle performance has been that of the best female lead in a comedy for as long as I can remember. Looks like a lot of people identify with lazing around in bed for weeks.

I was a big fan of Stefan Golaszewski's work with the brilliant 'Cowards' and his plays, but he really has found his niche here I think. I just hope there's a series 2 commissioned!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I watched this series as it aired and it was the highlight of my viewing week. The genius of this show is the way the writing, directing and acting are all so beautifully and perfectly matched. Not only do the lead actors give great performances, but the supporting cast really take on their roles and make you believe in the characters. This show, for me, is one of the best sitcoms on telly in the UK.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 12 October 2010
Speaking as a twenty something year old male sharing a dingy, moldy flat with his girlfriend, this programme occasionally struck so close to home as to be a little uncomfortable. Still, funny in spades and touching in places. Love seeing Russell Tovey in a comedy role too, good as he was at providing occasional comic relief on 'Being Human'. Worth the money and worth watching the last couple episodes on BBC3, especially if you're in your twenties and fancy seeing a realistic imagining of your life. It's eerie. Seriously.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2010
Ever get the idea that watching the mundane existence of your sole-mate would be a beautiful piece of sitcom viewing? How's that for a opening line to this review about a show, that is fresh and lively and a joy to behold in a very intimate settings thanks to the writer Stefan Golaszewski and director Richard Laxton and stars Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani. This BBC DVD presents all six episodes on one disc and the second disc has so much more to be tainted with by the talents mention above that you won't miss the currency that has escaped from your wallet!

I thought by watching the first episode that the one line puns and sarcasm would wear thin but Mr. Golaszewski turns the tables and creates a show that delivers brilliant observational comedy something that will endure over many viewings! I just hope that a second is commissioned but if not this will won't be the last you've heard from this talented cast and crew ... cheers to them all!
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on 30 December 2011
When explaining the simplicity of this programme to others, the originality and humour can be lost so I am not even going to try, however what I will say is it is by far one of the best British comedies for a long time. The acting is fantastic and if you hadn't seen them play different parts you would think they were just like this in real life.

It is not a "joke a minute" comedy, it is probably funniest as you imagine yourself in similar situations. Their relationship is very similar to most I know also!

A great comedy, really worth a buy, can't recommend it enough!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 17 October 2010
I haven't enjoyed many, if any, British comedy shows since 'The Smoking Room' had its two series run on BBC three - and now two come along at once. The first is this show 'Him & Her' and the second is 'Whites'. What these three shows have in common is minimalism where not much happens but a lot is going on. They are all essentially set in one location with a small cast of well thought out characters, a faintly British air of the surreal and nods towards Samuel Beckett.

'Him & Her' involves the lives of Steve and Becky (boyfriend / girlfriend) who sit around in his bedsit watching DVD's, playing video games, having sex and answering the door to their slightly insane friends and family - with Dan, the upstairs neighbour, providing the necessary touch of absurdity (the encounter with Dan and his new 'girlfriend' on the stairs is classic). Everything is in here from the minutiae of human bodily functions to the unsympathetically received breakdown of Becky's sister's fiancee.

Overall a brilliantly observed comedy which deserves another series before it disappears into the ether where other critically acclaimed shows which nobody watches seem to end up.
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on 3 June 2011
Him & Her is a very funny and insightful generation Y comedy that focuses on the magnetic emotional pull of the unmade bed. In each episode the main characters try with very little enthusiasm to escape their home in an in effort to be more productive. Their friends and families give them little encouragement or incentive. In the end, "him & her" find happiness in the four walls of their apartment. Enjoyed this show very much, especially the leads and most especially Tovey, who has developed into a very fine comedic actor.
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