The quality of BBC3 comedy can be described as patchy at best, after all this was the channel that enabled Two Pints of Larger and a Packet of Crips to continue forever, however occasionally they can produce excellent shows such as Him and Her or Pulling. In fact Pulling was generally considered a favourite before it was pulled cruelly by the channel a few years ago, however creator Sharon Horgan is back with a new sitcom ‘Dead Boss,’ in which she stars and has co-written.
In it Horgan stars as Helen, who at the start of the very first episode is convicted of murdering her boss, tiling impresario Eric Bridges, and sentenced to twelve years in the ominous Broadmarsh Prison. Of course Helen is completely innocent, she was with her fiancée Justin at the time who has conveniently vanished since the trial took place, so once she is inside prison she immediately begins planning her appeal which doesn’t get off to a very good start.
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As this week’s TV is dominated by football it’s becoming harder and harder to seek out TV highlights however there are still some gems in the schedule if you look hard enough.
Desperate Housewives (E4, Sun, 10pm)
So after eight years of outrageous behaviour, jumps into the future and numerable affairs its time to say goodbye to the girls of Wisteria Lane as Huffman, Hatcher, Longoria and Cross all bid us adieu. In true Desperate Housewives style there is plenty going on including a birth, a death and a wedding as well as the usual supernatural twist in a ‘ghosts of Wisteria Lane’ section. Pivotal to all of this though is Karen McClusky here is terminally ill and is the star of the final episode by far made even more poignant by the death of actress Kathryn Joosten. As some may say this is the end of an era however I feel the show did have a good run and is leaving before it became too preposterous for its own good.
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When comedy writer Sharon Horgan (who’s pictured above, front and centre) began considering who to cast in her new BBC3 sitcom Dead Boss – which she co-wrote with Holly Walsh – she was desperate to get Ab Fab creator and star Jennifer Saunders on board.
And luckily for her, though busy with writing new episodes of Absolutely Fabulous and the script for Spice Girls the Musical, Jennifer jumped at the chance to play the role of Margaret, who’s the governor of Broadmarsh Prison.
Sharon herself plays the role of inmate Helen Stephens, who’s desperate to prove her innocence after she’s imprisoned for murdering her boss.
Of enlisting Jennifer to star in the show, Sharon said, “It was like a dream cast to get Jennifer on board.
“I had never worked with her before, only admired her from afar, like a TV stalker… Read more & comment »