Fleabag

TV Review: Fleabag, BBC Three, Episode 6

I’m reluctant to review the final episode of Fleabag. I don't want to give anything away. All I should really say is that you should watch it. And if you haven’t watched the first five episodes catch up immediately.

But very briefly this episode finds Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) hitting the emotional, existential buffers. Despite the usual wry asides this is all smudged make-up and sadness. Her love life is in tatters, her friendships are in ruins and her family life is disintegrating before her tear-stained eyes. 

TV Review: Fleabag, BBC Three, Episode 5

It has taken me a while to get round to writing about the fifth episode of Fleabag. I don’t know what the journalistic equivalent of being speechless is but that’s how I felt after watching it. It’s not quite the same as writer’s block, it’s just when you see something that is so visceral and powerful on a gut level as this it is hard to find the right way of expressing your response to it.

TV Review: Fleabag, BBC Three, Episode 4

Apart from comedians raving about how well/badly they are doing at the Edinburgh Festival at the moment, most of my timeline is taken up with people saying how brilliant Fleabag is. A lot of people have singled out Phoebe-Waller Bridge’s lead performance for particular praise and she certainly deserves it, but the fourth episode also showcases the formidable talents of her co-star Sian Clifford, who plays her neurotic career-driven sister Claire (that’s not Claire in the picture btw, it’s Fleabag’s dead friend).

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TV Review: Fleabag, BBC Three, Episode 3

There is a hint of some character development towards the end of the third episode of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s excellent series. Jogging through a graveyard Fleabag suddenly seems to see the world in a different way. Could she be heading for a happy ending? 

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TV Review: Fleabag, BBC Three, Episode 2

I’m not really sure about BBC Three’s identity since it went online. It seems that one of its functions is to test the water to see if programmes are worth broadcasting on old school channels. Cuckoo went quickly from online to telly and I’m sure Josh Widdicombe’s flatshare sitcom Josh will do the same. And Fleabag is so blindingly excellent it ought to be on 'real' telly right now.

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