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The formidably funny Katherine Parkinson then takes the lead in ‘Officially Special’ at 9.30pm, playing Jo, a judge of world record attempts, whose work problems take her eye off her partner, busily planning a surprise. Said surprise is realised in excruciating fashion, and the show has enough smart observations to make about Jo’s commitmentphobia to override a few clunkers (gags about a girl called ‘Fanny’?).
With a bit more polish to the scripts, we could see either making a series. And no other broadcaster has shown such consistent willingness (or, probably, budgetary capability) to take a chance on underappreciated talent. This, more than anything, makes ‘Love Matters’, well, matter.