Reviews

Review: Britney, BBC Three/iPlayer
There was a show at the Soho Theatre a few years ago that I was keen to write about but found difficult to get a commission because it was one of those odd shows that straddled comedy and drama,... more
 Bravo Two Charlies
If I ever get pulled over by the police I'd like to get pulled over by the Welsh Traffic Police. Or more particularly the north Wales-based coppers in Bravo Two Charlies.In this short television... more
Book Review: Quantick's Quite Difficult Quiz Book
Every year I go to the brilliant Laugharne Weekend arts festival in Wales and every year I miss David Quantick's quiz. It's traditionally one of the first events on Friday afternoon and almost... more
Review: In My Skin
I hesitated about reviewing the second series of In My Skin. While I've seen it described as a comedy drama I watched the first episode and felt that there wasn't much of a comedy element to it. On... more
Review: The Cockfields, Gold
I was a bit confused by the first episode of the second series of The Cockfields, written by and starring Joe Wilkinson as genial son Simon bringing his girlfriend to stay with his family on the Isle... more
TV Review: Mammoth, BBC
It's a bit like Life on Mars but it's set in a Welsh school and instead of a hard-boiled detective thrown back in time it's an unreconstructed PE teacher with a good heart thrown forward.I guess you... more
Restaurant Review: Mr Ji, Soho
Something of a change from the usual comedy nonsense here. Beyond The Joke has branched out into restaurant reviews. Not any old reviews though. I've reached an age where I tend to go to the same... more
Theatre Review: The Shark Is Broken
The Shark Is Broken was a hit in Edinburgh in 2019 and has taken a while to open in London for obvious reasons. It has been worth the wait though. This 90-minute three-hander has something for film... more
TV Review: Question Team, Dave
Dave seems to produce so many quirky variants on the celebrity guest format I was wondering if they have slaves locked up and beavering away on ideas 24 hours a day in some kind of Squid Game... more
Book Review: Daniel Sloss – Everyone You Hate is Going to Die: And Other Comforting Thoughts on Family, Friends, Sex, Love, and More Things That Ruin Your Life
From such a prolific touring comedian, especially off the crest of the wave that was breaking America quite nicely thank you very much, it's hardly surprising that come the pandemic Daniel Sloss has... more
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