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A new Chan­nel 4 com­edy se­ries about an on­line ther­a­pist ex­plores the tech of talk

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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

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