24 April 2012
There’s nothing quite like the English weather, or the English sense of humour come to think of
it. And while we can’t guarantee a glorious summer this year, we can promise a scorching season of
brand new comedy on Sky Atlantic HD, from some of the funniest Brits around.
BAFTA® nominated writer and actress Julia Davis makes a welcome return to the screen with
Hunderby. After her award-winning
Nighty Night, she’s back as Dorothy, the obsessive housekeeper to puritanical pastor (Alex
MacQueen) in an 1800s English village, watching over the pastor’s new mysterious bride, a shipwreck
survivor Helene (Alexandre Roach). Sharp and dark, this Gothic treat features stalwarts of spiky
comedy, Kevin Eldon and Alexander Armstrong. And in addition to numerous fiends, hunchbacks, maids,
wastrels and crones, it also features an adorable puppy called Susan.
Master of the dead pan, Jack Dee, will be presenting
Don’t Sit in the Front Row. Created by two former producers of
Have I Got News For You, this is a show with no teams, no quiz, and a group of top comedians
who have no idea about their subject matter. And the subject matter? The five audience members who’v
e been selected to sit in the front row, and are formally known as the Front Rowers. It’s
these five willing stooges and their history who provide the panel’s material. With eliminations at
the end of each round, the remaining Front Rower is awarded the Golden Chair Award, having been the
source of the most comic inspiration. Think of it as anecdotal jousting.
For everyone who loved
The Thick of It, Armando Iannucci has gone stateside with
Veep. Swapping Whitehall for the White House, it stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Sienfeld, pictured) as Vice-President Selina Meyer, and offers a less-than-sunny look at the
backstage reality of political America. As always with Iannucci, it packs in the jokes as well as
the smart stuff.
And for those who like more silver lining than cloud, there’s Russell Brand’s new show,
Strangely Uplifting. Unscripted and filmed in front of a live studio audience, it promises
a positive outlook, with a definite chance of thunderous applause.