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Him & Her: the Wedding

Thu Nov 28, 10-10.30pm, BBC3

Series four, episode two
‘Have a cool one,’ advises Steve (Russell Tovey) breezily as the guests for Paul and Laura’s wedding arrive. Just the sort of lame remark that Becky (Sarah Solemani) can’t let lie, and also a warning that what follows will be anything but ‘cool’.

While Becky, realising too late that chief bridesmaid equals dogsbody, is trapped in a limo with the exquisitely awful Laura (a magnificent Kerry Howard), Steve is firefighting desperately as Paul’s doubts multiply. And then there’s Becky’s ex, Lee, charming everybody while needling the best man.

With this final series, ‘H&H’ is staking a claim to be the best sitcom BBC3 has ever produced – no mean feat in the wake of ‘Gavin and Stacey’, ‘Nighty Night’ and ‘Pulling’. It captures all the social awkwardness and personality clashes of a wedding with none of the actual happiness – so acute and so excruciating that you can’t watch, but you can’t switch off either.