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A new Channel 4 comedy series about an online therapist explores the tech of talk
If you were feeling a little sub-par, you’d be highly advised not to procure the services of Dr Richard Pitt, the practitioner of “online therapy” played by Stephen Mangan, pictured, in Channel 4’s new comedy series, Hang Ups. Pitt is, as are so many of us, spread very thinly, in his case between the demands of teenaged children, a high-flying wife (Katherine Parkinson), a grouchy father (Charles Dance) and a vengeful former business partner (Steve Oram); problem is, though, that he’s also trying to dole out advice.
But as much as Hang Ups, written by Mangan and Robert Delamere and based on Lisa Kudrow’s US series Web Therapy, is about the talking cure, it is also about the ways in which we interact in the modern age — the flicking between screens, the snatches of communication, and the feeling that you’re always on the cusp of letting someone down.
But it’s also an excellent excuse to invite comedy luminaries, from David Tennant to Jessica Hynes, to deliver semi-improvised monologues as “patients”. Richard E Grant as
Pitt’s own sexually fixated therapist, is top of the heap.
ang Ups starts on Channel 4 later this month