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4.0 out of 5 stars We'll settle up later. Otherwise it just gets nasty., 8 Jan 2011
This review is from: Nighty Night - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Who'd imagine that the BBC, a publicly funded broadcasting body would be as adventurous as they are with TV comedy? But then they have brought us such gems as The Office, Big Train and The League of Gentlemen, so perhaps it's not so surprising after all. Actually, there's a bit of a hint in those three titles, because if you want a good idea of what Nighty Night is like, they are as good a point of reference as I can think of. Imagine a bland, middle class, suburban setting (try The Good Life) populate it with the sort of grotesque characters one might find in The League Of Gentlemen and get them to perform the sort of cringe-worthy car-crash comedy of The Office and you're getting warm. Of course, the characters aren't quite as wierd as the inhabitants of Royston Vasey, but they are nevertheless pretty strange in a subtle, suburban way. Julia Davis does, however, take extreme pleasure in putting these charaters in situations far more discomfiting, humiliating and painful than anything you'd find at Wernham Hogg. So, if you liked The Office and LoG, then this brand of dark, uncomfortable, surreal comedy will be for you. If those titles left you cold, then you'll probably hate this.

OK, enough about what it's like. What's it about? Jill Tyrell is a scheming, devious (also rather dim) young woman who's mission seems to be to escape her marriage to her dull and (one-time) unfaithful husband and take a step or two up the social ladder. To this end she persuades her recovering husband (Kevin Eldon) that his cancer is terminal and closets him away in a hospice. She then pursues her sex starved next-door neighbour (Angus Deayton) to the chagrin of his disabled and religious wife (Rebecca Front), the local vicar and his wife (Felicity Montagu). In the meantime, Jill is fending off the somewhat physical advances of a deeply disturbed suitor Glen Bulb (Mark Gatiss) and also run a catastrophically dangerous beauty parlour. Hilarity ensues - yes it does! and despite the dark, malicious humiliating vein there are plenty of laugh out loud moments.

Jill: So was Rachel ever unfaithful to you?
Glenn: Oh no... I mean... she did have sex with someone else - her orthodontist, but brute force was involved. He was very drunk... technically it was rape, but he didn't press charges... She was a big girl, Rachel, she was a P.E teacher, my P.E teacher.
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