OUT 15 oc­to­ber / cert 15 / 150 mins

Empire (UK) - - RE.VIEW - ALI GRAY

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.

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