FLEABAG: SEASON 1
OUT 15 october / cert 15 / 150 mins
Masturbating to an Obama speech is a bold way to introduce yourself to the world, but Phoebe Waller-bridge made a double-barrelled name for herself in 2016 with this hilariously candid and searingly honest BBC Three comedy, adapted from her one-woman Fringe show. Vile and vulnerable in equal measure, Fleabag is a glorious contradiction, proving you can be a modern feminist and a terrible person at the same time, but the car crash that is her life is infinitely preferable to the homogenised inanity of Bridget Jones’ diarrhoea. Wallerbridge’s is one of the most eye-opening TV debuts in recent memory, but Olivia colman deserves a special mention as the wicked stepmother of this twisted fairy tale, whose every line made my sphincter clench. Fleabag returns in 2019 for more acerbic fun and absolute filth, but don’t expect Trump to be getting the same treatment.