|Worth seeing:||as a cute, sharp and quirky rom-com about an unlikely couple and their special needs dog|
|Featuring:||Harriet Dyer, Patrick Brammall, Annie Maynard, Darren Gilshenan, David Roberts, Emma Harvie, Genevieve Hegney, Geneviève Lemon, Glenn Hazeldine, Helen Thomson, Michael Logo, Tai Hara, Tony Llewellyn-Jones|
|Key crew:||Madeleine Dyer, Matthew Moore, Trent O'Donnell, Ian Collie, Rob Gibson, Harriet Dyer, Patrick Brammall|
|Channel:||BBC iPlayer, BBC2|
|Broadcast date:||11th April 2023 in the UK, 1st December 2022 in Australia|
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Newly single forty-something brewery-owner Gordon (Peter Brammall) is driving down the road when he’s distracted – by a nipple – and hits a dog.
The nipple belonged to twenty something medical student Ashley (Harriet Dyer), who hasn’t quite accepted that she’s newly single too.
Together they take the dog to a vet and discover it’s suffered life-changing injuries and will need full-time care. It’s still cute, though.
But who is to blame for the accident? Who should take responsibility for the dog’s care?
Over the course of 8 half-hour episodes, Gordon and Ashley have to find a way to look after the special needs dog, against the backdrop of the obstacles that life throws at them – from difficult exes, problems at work, awkward family members, quirky colleagues, uncaring landlords – and on-and-off feelings for each other that confuse them both.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Many romantic comedies are built on the concept of what’s known – in Hollywood at least – as a “meet-cute” – but never before has such an encounter involved a nipple and a paralysed dog.
Such is the originality of this quirky piece of Australian entertainment – created by its two stars – which carefully balances some unlikely comic situations with warmth, heart and honesty.
The two central characters are generally likeable – even if viewers might find themselves taking sides along the way – but as arch, or simplistic, as some of the plot points might feel, the sharp writing – often biting but never cruel – and genuine performances always win you over, leaving you wishing these lost souls nothing but the best.
From time to time, they go just a little over the top – when a birthday party gets a little out of hand and a “meet the parents” dinner doesn’t go to plan – but generally, it’s a bold and original sit-com that feels as fresh as it does funny.
And despite some of the darker themes beneath the rom-com surface, it remains a surprisingly uplifting, feel-good experience.