The complete first series of the sitcom following the adventures of obnoxious marketing executive Bob Slay (Paul Kaye) and his colleagues Vaughn (Derren Litten) and Maggie (Nina Wadia). Includes the episodes 'Parents', 'Deadline', 'Tarquin', 'Charity', 'Money' and 'Love'.
Without ever being truly hilarious Perfect World
is one of the funniest and crudest comedies to come out of British television in the 1990s. To his colleagues, marketing executive Bob Slay (Paul Kaye) is a workshy lying parasite, but as far as he's concerned he lives in a Perfect World
. He has a beautiful supermodel girlfriend, Lauren (Tasha de Vasconcelos) and outraging herbillionaire parents only results in her being more X-rated in bed. He has a well-paid job in an office where he never does a stroke of work, and the support of the barking mad marketing director (played with barnstorming vulgarity by Michael Cochrane). Derren Litten is fine in the thankless role of Vaughan, honest, hardworking wage-slave and endless foil to Slay's ever more outrageous lies. Nina Wadia is outstanding as Maggie, regular subject of Bob's cruel jibes about her weight, but always ready with an equally stinging retort. Paul Kaye himself is superb as a deeply insecure character without a single redeeming feature, a comic monster in the tradition of Rowan Atkinson's Blackadder and Rik Mayall's New Statesman. Stylish, clever and audaciously rude, together with Coupling
(2000), Perfect World
put the spark back in BBC comedy. --Gary S Dalkin