ITV’s schedulers must have had a dilemma when they heard Seann Walsh had blagged himself a Strictly Come Dancing slot.
Should they wait and see whether the public falls in love with him before launching the second series of his sitcom?
Or cash in instantly and put it out the same week that (proper) Strictly begins?
They went for the latter, although we shouldn’t necessarily view that as a lack of faith in Walsh’s talents.
Who knows, him tangoing along to I’m Bringing Sexy Back this Saturday might make him a surprise hit.
It might even lead to him challenging Susannah Constantine for the comedy carthorse role.
Speaking of surprises, some critical eyebrows were raised when ITV announced it was bringing this sitcom back.
I thought it was a good move – especially if ITV persists with the unnecessary extra Corrie episode on a Wednesday.
As fillings in a Weatherfield sandwich go I can think of worse programmes than this gentle comedy, which follows the fun and frustration that befalls city types Steve (Jack Dee) and Nicky (Kerry Godliman) after their relocation to the countryside.
It’s never going to be a sitcom classic, but the characters are well drawn and there are plenty of laughs.
Some of the gags are quite subtle as well.
In this opener Walsh’s rock star character Grizzo told an anecdote in which an angry Simon Cowell “went ape” at a builder.
Obviously, if this was purely a figure of speech and in no way a sly reference to Simon’s hairy chest and arms I apologise unreservedly to the crotchety old King (Kong) of Karaoke.
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