BBC Three’s Dead Boss with Sharon Horgan & Jennifer Saunders: Episode 1 is an odd mix of prison drama spoof and macabre murder mystery….
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.