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King Gary 9.30pm, BBC One

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Writer and ac­tor Tom Davis has been a hulk­ing, un­pre­dictable sup­port­ing pres­ence in a num­ber of come­dies – in­clud­ing Mur­der In Suc­cessville – but might be about to move to a new level with this bright, abra­sive new sit­com pi­lot. Set in the heart of English sub­ur­bia, he stars as Gary King, whose life is thrown into tur­moil when a new neigh­bour (Romesh Ran­ganathan) plans to host a ri­val bar­be­cue the same day as Gary’s own long-planned sum­mer shindig. With Davis play­ing the full-on Es­sex man, this has a flavour all its own – imag­ine be­ing trapped in­side Danny Dyer’s head dur­ing an ice cream headache. Laura Check­ley gets the best vis­ual gag as Gary’s wife, Terri, and Si­mon Day is his im­pos­ing dad, Big Gary.

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