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Park and Recreation

Wed Mar 13, 10-10.45pm, BBC4

Series one, episode three
A delusional, racially insensitive middle manager blunders through a simple task, glancing occasionally at the camera’s restless lens. Sounds familiar, but that’s not a rerun of ‘The Office’ you’re watching – it’s American import ‘Parks and Recreation’ starring the ever-winsome Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, deputy director of Parks and Recreation in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana.

Tonight, Knope manages to turn a public meeting against building a new park, only to save the day with that most American of democratic methods, the filibuster. Poehler’s David Brent impression is irrepressible, and for the first time, a supporting cast led by comedian Aziz Ansari begins to come into its own, hinting at why the show was recently picked up Stateside for a fifth season. Episode four airs immediately after.