Sunday, November 04, 2018

The return of a boundary-pushing comedy pioneer

Damn the BBC for turning their back on Julia Davis. That she's subsequently forged a strong partnership with Sky Atlantic means that I've not seen any of her sitcoms since Nighty Night. Judging by what I can gather from the reaction on Twitter and Deborah Orr's interview with her in the Independent, latest creation Sally4Ever is very much in the same twisted ballpark, and finds her pushing harder at the boundaries of acceptability than ever (albeit as someone with little awareness of the existence of boundaries in the first place).

Rightly hailing Davis as having paved the way for one of the best sitcoms in years, Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag, Orr declares: "No one in Britain today is working more boldly and productively in comedy drama." It's a grand claim, but one that I suspect has some merit. If only the evidence was being beamed out by the Beeb, though, eh?

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