Preceded by a third series of Jane Horrocks’s sketchy supermarket sitcom ‘Trollied’ at 9pm, this endearingly daft sitcom created by and starring Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Jonny Sweet and ‘Inbetweeners’ alumni Joe Thomas and Simon Bird first saw the light as a C4 pilot with enormous potential.
Sky1 smartly snapped it up, giving tryhard prig Cecil (Bird), wimpy lovebird George (Thomas) and empty-headed ladies’ man Bert (Sweet) a welcome six episodes to spend justifying their behaviour, staying at home while the Great War rages. Although, given the fury of the local womenfolk, the Somme might have been a better option as Bonfire Night arrives and a Guy is required.
Bird and Thomas more or less reprise their old characters but are none the worse for it, leaving Sweet to steal the show with his blissfully, ignorant posho. The theme tune is overused and one or two set-ups are hackneyed, but performances, attention to detail and all-round silliness carry the day.
Balans Soho Society Kensington
Quietly but quickly, the Balans Soho Society chain has been taking over London with its simple, winning formula: quality food at unbeatable prices - available morning, noon and night. Specialties at the brasserie-style restaurant include eggs benedict and American pancakes, steaks, seafood, salads and the pièce de résistance, the Balans Burger. Wine starts at £3.95 by the glass, cocktails at £6.95.
Venue says: “Balans is giving away vouchers entitling customers to great offers, including 50% or 25% off your next meal, or a free cocktail or dessert.”