The smut and smarts from the ace BBC Three sitcom
1 COMIC ASIDES
Phoebe Waller-bridge’s Fleabag was perhaps the most complicated character on TV last year: sexually voracious (she masturbates to obama talking about democracy), angry, mischievous and grieving. From the get-go we are given insights into her psyche from conspiratorial asides to camera.
2 TUBE TALES
Episode two opens with Fleabag on the London Underground. A beat starts on the soundtrack and the other passengers contort their faces into silent screams, then go back to normal. The surreal cycle repeats until Fleabag turns to camera and quips, “I think my period is coming.”
3 SMALLER THINGS
For all the sex talk, Waller-bridge’s writing is also touching and profound. When Fleabag attends a wellness retreat, she runs into the Bank Manager (Hugh Dennis) who turned her down for a loan. on a vow of silence, she can only listen to the small things he wants in life, perfectly delivered by Dennis.