Written between 11th and 12th January 2013
I think it's fair to say that I didn't like Pramface in its first series. It was stuffed to the gills with as many clichés as is physically possible, and took what could have been an interesting series and made it dry, humorless and crude. The show improved drastically with its final episode, in which the premise of the series was actually fulfilled to its potential. While I was quite annoyed at the Beeb's decision to re-launch Pramface in exchange for the wonderful The Fades, this week's hour-long return blew through all of my expectations and, while still stuck with a few of the series' problems, felt a lot less tired than it used to.
It's the preparation for the Christening, that strange thing that all British sitcoms insist must happen to a child regardless of their parents' religious beliefs. While Laura and Jamie are just trying to settle on a name, the circumstances of the event is setting everyone alight. For a reason I can't remember, Laura's dad (Angus Deayton) has got memory problems which his wife (Anna Chancellor) is exploiting to steal his job and regain some control over her life. Wanting to be best man, Jamie's friend Mike (Dylan Edwards) tries to find his religious side, while Beth (Yasmin Paige) is yet again used ineffectively as an atheist stereotype. Jamie's father gets a job to try and get more responsibility, but Jamie ends up having to fire him. It all culminates in the Christening, where Jamie tells everyone that the baby's name is Emily, and that he doesn't care what anyone else thinks anymore as long as the baby and Laura are happy.
|Jamie and Laura feel like the sane ones for a change.|