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It’s Kevin

It’s Kevin

Sun Mar 17, 10-10.35pm, BBC2

By Phil Harrison
Series one, episode one
You might say it’s not before time. From ‘Brasseye’ to ‘Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle’ via ‘I’m Alan Partridge’ and ‘Big Train’, Kevin Eldon has been in and around much of the best British comedy of the last twenty years. So it seems strange that until now, no-one has given him his own show. Finally, though, the moment has come.

Anyone who’s seen Eldon’s hyperactive stand-up will know to expect a mixture of music, cheerfully batty sketches and just occasionally, a hint of the slightly aberrant, sinister edge which has animated many of his cameos. By no means everything in this opening episode works, but it’s full of good, peculiar ideas and most importantly, manages to create and sustain its own mysterious internal logic. A singular pleasure from a brilliantly eccentric comedic presence.

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