Review: Home Time (BBC Two)

Home Time (BBC Two) is a new sitcom/black comedy thing that has appeared on our screens with pretty much no promotion or heralding. It’s about a woman who has had to move back to her parents house and she’s all Stuck In The Past.

The Past, in the case of our main character is The Nineties, which of course, means a Britpop soundtrack and a cursory Fat Willy’s Surf Shack T-Shirt. After watching it, I’m surprised Fido Dido didn’t make a cameo such was the lack of depth in the programme.

You see, our anti-hero is a bit hopeless and I think we’re supposed to side with her because we recognise how hopeless we can all be at times. However, even when we’re at our most hopeless, we don’t have a constant furrow brow and a face like a slapped crack.

More to the point, when most of us go ‘home’, there’s a weird nostalgic, fuzzy warmth that pervades you (along with the disappointment, granted).

This show is completely cold, like someone dragging cadavers out of the morgue and standing them upright in a room waiting to go rotten.

Effectively, that’s what this show has done with the supporting cast. Every single on of them is repulsive and puke-worthy… and not in a funny way either. Within ten minutes of watching the show, I didn’t understand why the main character didn’t just tell them to just f*ck off.

However, more annoying about this show is the fact that it highlights that the BBC clearly feel they’ve made a mistake in not recommissioning Pulling, of which this show shares a cast member.

Where Pulling really dealt with the absurdities of normal life, extending it into the hyper real and cleverly portraying the feeling of missed chances and aimless living, Home Time simply makes a Toby Jug of it all, making the whole thing incredibly unpleasant to watch.

The main difference between the two shows is that Pulling was warm, witty and hilariously minging… whereas Home Time is a lesson in abject misery and irritation. It’s a shame really because I really would’ve liked it to work as we could do with a new comedy with new faces on our box.

Sadly, this is not it.

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I'm Mof Gimmers.

I've been writing about TV for a long time. I love it and loathe it in equal measures. I'm pretty sure the TV feels the same away about me too.
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  • Freeman Lowell

    I know life’s tough for everyone right now and it pays to be a hard-man sometimes but jeez if you don’t like it don’t review it! Only lonely angry teenage idiots on imdb review stuff because they only want to tell people they hate it.. I mean, why watch a whole series and then try to justify why it annoyed you so much LOL!

    There’s comedy gold in here, sure it took some time and concentration to see it, but when did any tv series hit its stride from the outset? (Except Frasier of course) I agree that the pace was slow and the comedy subtle, but imo it’s not an error of judgement, it’s deliberate and it works for me. It’s reflective of a rejection of the sensationalist direction of most of the latest tv shows. Why should they conform to the formula of popular shows when they have their own subtle story to tell?

    Sure it is annoying to see fragility and naivety in a character but try to remember when you watch stuff that they’re trying to tell you what life is like for some people. We don’t all have all the answers all the time. We make do with the friends we have because of the history, the alternatives may be worse, and more importantly, we have a duty to develop our friendships from childhood pecking-orders to responsible adulthood. This series makes that point in a more enigmatic way than any one-liners from a disposable sitcom from a writers room of superficial popularists.

    Trust me, review the stuff you actually like so people don’t trust your insensitive mealy-mouthed opinions and miss out on a tv series they might actually like.

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