Roger And Val Have Just Got In

10:00pm Wednesday 15 February on BBC TWO

Roger & Val continues tonight, with Alfred Molina and Dawn French in the title roles of this six part series.

Episode two joins the duo the night before Roger’s tribunal for unfair dismissal and he is very nervous. It is World Book Day at Val’s school, an excellent opportunity to further her deputy headship campaign while dressed as Mrs Danvers.

A fellow teacher has given Val a plastic toy to give Roger good luck, but it seems to be strangely multiplying itself inside the house. Meanwhile, a message on Roger’s Facebook support group threatens to bring his major misdemeanour to Val’s attention.

Roger and Val have work issues, love issues and supper issues and the half hour after they have got in is the perfect time to put the world to rights, and decide whether or not to have a takeaway.

Developed from an original idea by Dawn French, Roger & Val is written by Emma & Beth Kilcoyne (Dogtown) and produced by Jon Plowman for the BBC and directed by Mandie Fletcher. Executive producers are Hugo Blick and Mark Freeland.

10:00pm Wednesday 8 February on BBC TWO

Roger & Val Have Just Got In returns to BBC Two, starring Alfred Molina and Dawn French in the title roles in this new six-part series.

Married for over 20 years, Roger and Val Stevenson have work issues, love issues and supper issues. And the half hour after they’ve both got in is the perfect time to put their world to rights, and decide whether or not to have a takeaway. Food Technology teacher Val has ambitions to climb to the dizzy heights of Deputy Headship, while botanist Roger is campaigning against unfair dismissal for sexual harassment that he claims was a misunderstanding. But a bizarre revelation is set to change everything in their safe, domestic world.

Episode 1 ‘The Shock’ sees Roger and Val return from a family wedding to discover whether Val’s bid to become Deputy Head has fallen at the first hurdle. Val shows Roger her novel way of overcoming interview nerves with a little help from her friends . Meanwhile, among the weekend’s post is a hand-delivered note for Roger that will change every aspect of their world and shatter the balance they have worked so hard to achieve. .

Developed from an original idea by Dawn French, Roger & Val is written by Emma & Beth Kilcoyne (Dogtown) and produced by Jon Plowman for the BBC and directed by Mandie Fletcher.

Married for over 20 years, Roger and Val Stevenson have work issues, love issues and supper issues. And the half hour after they’ve both got in is the perfect time to put their world to rights, and decide whether or not to have a takeaway. Food Technology teacher Val has ambitions to climb to the dizzy heights of Deputy Headship, while botanist Roger is campaigning against unfair dismissal for sexual harassment that he claims was a misunderstanding. But a bizarre revelation is set to change everything in their safe, domestic world .

Episode 1 ‘The Shock’ sees Roger and Val return from a family wedding to discover whether Val’s bid to become Deputy Head has fallen at the first hurdle. Val shows Roger her novel way of overcoming interview nerves with a little help from her friends. Meanwhile, among the weekend’s post is a hand-delivered note for Roger that will change every aspect of their world and shatter the balance they have worked so hard to achieve.

Developed from an original idea by Dawn French, Roger & Val is written by Emma & Beth Kilcoyne (Dogtown) and produced by Jon Plowman for the BBC and directed by Mandie Fletcher. Executive Producers are Hugo Blick and Mark Freeland.

Confirmed for Wednesday 8 February on BBC Two at 10.00pm – 10.30pm

Ep 1/6

New to BBC2, this sitcom starring Dawn French as Val, and Alfred Molina as Roger shows us a half-hour insight into a married couple and the discussions and arguments they have after they return from a day of work. 

Roger is a botanist, and Val is a food tech teacher. Much of their discussion establishes all we need to know about the characters in a subtle way which can only be down to good dialogue.

Although not laugh-out-loud funny, this sitcom is interesting because the concept is one that it’s audience are most likely going to relate to. Even I, having been with my boyfriend for about seven months, was able to relate to, and smile at the inevitable nit-picky arguments that every couple has – be it a fairly fresh relationship like mine, or a long lasting marriage like Roger and Val Stevenson. From what to have for dinner (the defrosting fish fingers and peas, or a pizza takeaway?) to who has it worse at work (Roger has a water-vole named after him whilst Val is being undermined by a fellow colleague).

The source of argument for this couple in this episode is that Val has used Roger’s special fridge for defrosting food, which he uses to store bonsai seeds. The argument becomes heated to the point of Val storming off, but the couple quickly reconcile and are left to discuss their working days.

Roger and Val Have Just Got In may not produce side-splitting laughter, but it’s subtlety and somewhat reflection of reality is quite refreshing and sweetening.

The writing is good and the acting is spot on, with just French and Molina gracing the screen – but the show still has a bit to prove to win over those who are looking to be consistently entertained.

 

BBC Two announce today that new comedy Roger And Val Have Just Got In, which is due to start production later this month, has cast Alfred Molina to play Roger alongside Dawn French as Val.

Best known for his role as the villain Doctor Octopus in Spiderman 2, Alfred has a career that spans TV, film and stage. His film credits include Chocolat, The Da Vinci Code, Boogie Nights and Frida, for which he was BAFTA nominated.

Alfred said: “A truly great script, a brilliantly talented leading lady, and a gifted production team – it’s an irresistible combination, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”

Dawn added: “It’s a measure of how unique, rich and funny the scripts are, that Fred Molina said ‘Yes’ in a heartbeat.”

Developed by the BBC from an original idea by Dawn French, the series is written by Emma and Beth Kilcoyne (Dogtown).

The 6×30-minute series will feature the lives of a middle-aged couple after they’ve come through the door at the end of the working day.

Mark Freeland, Head of Comedy at the BBC, said: “In-house Comedy is proudly welcoming back Alfred to British TV with open arms. I know, in this special, heartfelt comedy, alongside Dawn, the audience will do the same.”

The series is a BBC Vision Production produced by Pete Thornton (Jam And Jerusalem, The Smoking Room).

Executive Producers are Mark Freeland and Hugo Blick (Marion And Geoff, Sensitive Skin). Roger And Val is due to be broadcast in 2010.

The biggest female comic in Britain returns to our screens later this year in a new sitcom, Roger And Val Have Just Got In.

A unique premise from the pen of Emma and Beth Kilcoyne (who brought us Dogtown), Roger And Val Have Just Got In features the lives of a middle-aged couple from the moments after they come through the door at the end of the working day.

It looks a fascinating series, although it is still some time before we will see it on our screens.

It’s a welcome return from French however, truly a British comedy treasure who has got on just fine in virtually every project she’s done without former comedy partner Jennifer Saunders.
French is also set to pop up in the new Reece Shearsmith/Steve Pemberton series Psychoville, as Joy, the desperately misguided midwife with a very odd child.

Steve Pemberton on French’s character Joy:

Joy teaches ante-natal classes, she talks to prospective parents who are in very vulnerable positions in quite a cutting, nasty way about what they’re about to go through. But her kind of secret is that she has one of her dolls that she uses in the demonstrations and treats it as if it’s her real child.

The wonderful thing about French is that for a comedian and actress she seamlessly falls into whatever character (often slightly monstrous with the exception of The Vicar of Dibley’s Geraldine Grainger) is required.

Although her casting in a Shearsmith/Pemberton script might seem odd, the characters French and Saunders would regularly portray in their classic sketch series were cut from the same cloth as many of the horror caricatures seen in The League of Gentlemen.

It’s good to have her back!

It’s being reported today that BBC2 has commissioned a new sitcom that’s to give a starring role to Dawn French. It’ll be her first new comedy show appearance since The Vicar of Dibley ended.

The new series of six episodes is apparently going to be entitled ‘Roger And Val Have Just Got In’ in which Dawn will play the female lead however the casting of her co-star – the character of Roger – is still ongoing as the BBC search for a suitable partner for Dawn’s new on-screen persona.

Roger And Val Have Just Got In will apparently depict the lives of a midde aged couple and each episode will open with their characters walking in through their front door at the end of the day.

The head of BBC comedy, Mark Freeland, says of the new show, “Roger And Val leapt off the page at me the very first time I saw it.  

“There will be nothing like it when it arrives on BBC2.”

He further added, “It’s original, intriguing, sweet, funny and full of pathos… And it’s only got two people in it.”

The series has been written by Emma and Beth Kilcoyne – who also wrote the acclaimed series Dogtown – and is scheduled to be aired towards the end of this year.

But can it be as good as The Vicar of Dibley? Well, if it is, then I’ll eat my metaphorical hat, but to be honest, I can’t see it… I mean, Dibley was, and still is, Dawn’s best role on TV to date in my opinion so I hope this series isn’t going to be a huge let down.

What do you think? Can anything top or even equal Dawn’s role as the bubbly Geraldine or do you reckon this new series is going to pale by comparison, for compared it will be, we can be sure of that!

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