After a hugely successful pilot for the BBC’s Comedy Feed pilot initiative last year, BBC3 welcomes the debut series of sitcom Josh this November.
Written by The Last Leg star Josh Widdicombe, and directed by David Schneider (the guy who brought us I’m Alan Partridge), the sitcom follows the frolics of Josh and his housemates Kate and Owen, under the watchful eye of grumpy landlord Geoff (played by comedian Jack Dee, who let’s be honest, can pull off the grumpy adult particularly well).
Josh and Kate fulfil the role of unfulfilled 20 somethings for whom nothing seems to go right, which I’m sure we can all relate to. For example, a birthday pool party ends in Josh’s humiliation, and Kate has to come face-to-face with her reputation from her university days following a disastrous date. Who, I hear you ask, has a pool party for their birthday after the age of 12? Maybe that’s Josh’s problem.
Owen, on the other hand, is very much the happy-as-larry Jay from The Inbetweeners type: forever boasting about nights out with minor celebrities. He watched Shaggy pee in a pool, dontcha know (although Shaggy did express very clearly that ‘It Wasn’t Me). Even Owen can’t escape the torment of Dee’s character, however, who inflicts his bad ideas on the bunch at every opportunity
The sitcom plays host to some amazing celebrity cameos during the series, including Jennifer Saunders (as Kate’s mum and object of Geoff’s desire), Romesh Ranganathan, and the Chuckle brothers, because, well, why the hell not?
BBC3, Monday, 10.30pm