My main impression of this new two-parter is that it’s pretty much like every other romantic comedy; there are hapless women, romantic misunderstandings, a fair amount of slapstick and some fairly big names starring in it.
But it was a tad, well, vanilla. It was Bridget Jones Meet Carol Vorderman, which is all well and good if you love a romcom and a bit of maths chucked in for good measure, but it didn’t really grab me by the throat and insist I watch every second.
It was ok. Not good, not bad, just ok.
The plot is basically that the main protagonist, Saz, played by Michelle Ryan, finds out on her wedding day that the man she’s married isn’t in fact her Mr Eleven. That’s because she and Mr Nine didn’t hop on the good foot and do the bad thing. Saz was too drunk to remember if they had or not and therefore just assumed they had. They hadn’t.
This meant that sexual partner and new husband wasn’t in fact Mr Eleven, and was dumped in short order for that reason. And it’s this which makes it all a tad shaky in terms of suspending my disbelief enough to enjoy the show entirely.
Is anyone really going to marry someone simply because, based on statistics, most women – apparently – marry their eleventh sexual partner? My answer would have to be, ‘no’. So I had a problem accepting the whole premise.
And as I said, it was typical romcom fayre; not that that’s a criticism of the writer, Amanda Coe. I wish I could write like she does, it’s just that I’m a wee bit ‘over’ romcoms. They’re all the same. The only thing this one lacked was Hugh Grant fawning around and being foppish.
That said, there were any number of foppish, abashed and rather fit young men in Mister Eleven, and I can’t criticise the acting we saw in it. Sean Macguire, Adam Garcia, Lynda Bellingham, Denis Lawson, and of course Ryan herself, all put in good performances, but they weren’t enough to dredge Mister Eleven out of the vat of vanilla and sugar into which it’s been dipped.
And because we’ve seen the formula a really lot of times, it didn’t hold any surprises. But having said that, there are worse things on telly and if you are a fan of romantic comedies, then this will’ve hit your nail on the head nicely.