YOU, ME AN D THE APOCALYPSE
Situation comet- y
released OUT NOW! 2015 | 15 | DVD
Creator Iain Hollands
Cast Mathew Baynton, Joel Fry,
Pauline Quirke, Jenna Fischer
What would you do if there were only 34 days to the end of the world? Once you’d looted a new TV, had sex in the street and punched your boss in the face, you could do worse than binge- watch this 10- part Sky 1 show.
Like star Mathew Baynton’s previous series The Wrong Mans, it weds comedy with a thriller format. Baynton plays Slough bank manager Jamie, for whom an impending comet strike is only the tip of the bad news iceberg; for starters, his wife, missing for seven years, appears to be hooked up with an evil twin he never knew he had…
The opening of every episode shows us where it will all end – in a bunker as the comet strikes – which does undercut some of the tension. Strong supporting characters compensate, though: white supremacist escaped prisoner Leanne ( Megan Mullaly) is the standout, while Rob Lowe amuses as a potty- mouthed priest whose job is debunking messiahs.
The series does rather hammer the same buttons repeatedly – after a while, it starts to feel like Jamie discovers a new relative every 20 minutes. Some of the humour – like a suppository insertion scene – is a little crass. And the show’s globe- hopping between Slough, Washington and the Vatican often doesn’t convince ( some of the US accents are pretty ropey). But the manner in which it switches between comedy, action and pathos works surprisingly well, as does the way it regularly delivers gobsmacking twists – right up until the final shot.
Extras A 23- minute behind- thescenes piece; six short featurettes ( 23 minutes). Ian Berriman
To prepare for his role as Father Jude, Rob Lowe properly read the Bible from cover to cover for the first time.
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