Despite its reputation for being all about Premier League footie and celebrity vehicles that sound like Alan Partridge came up with the idea, Sky have been knocking out some decent comedies over the last few years. Spy, Trollied, A Touch of Cloth, Moone Boy, Yonderland and Trying again were all series I enjoyed and other shows I didn’t watch (Stella, The Cafe, Mount PLeasant) have all had good reviews.
The latest comedy from Sky is You, Me and the Apocalypse. Terrible title, but very watchable on the evidence of the first episode.
The cast includes Rob Lowe and two actors familiar from other Sky comedies, Joel Fry (Trollied) and Matthew Baynton (Spy, Yonderland). I always enjoy Baynton, and not just because he is an Essex boy from Southend. He had a great supporting part in Spy, and not only starred in, but helped create The Wrong Mans and Yonderland. A very talented young man.
So I was a bit perplexed to see the show listed in several places as ‘starring Pauline Quirk’. Yes she is in it, but I can’t really see why anybody thinks that listing somebody who used to be not very good in a not very good sitcom ages ago would be more of a draw than somebody who was in Horrible Histories and played Ritchie Blackmore in a film, or the notorious Rob Lowe.
Anyway, the show is about the 34 days leading up to an asteroid striking the Earth, so I think that black comedy probably describes it well enough.