Friday, 25 January 2013

Review: Pramface 2.3

Laura tries to get a job, but her body disagrees.
Pramface - Series Two, Episode Three - Supermum and Hardguy2000
Written between 23rd and 25th January

I caught this late. I'm sorry. Usually when I catch something late (or write a late review) it's usually because I don't particularly care for the program in general, and I did it several times during the first series. But missing the show this week gave me a real sense of sadness. Perhaps it's just the day; Tuesday is so unassuming, I completely forgot. Anyway. Enough about me. Was the show worth the wait? Yes, it was. Except for a single nitpick that demonstrates nothing more than my own obsessive tendencies, I found this episode pretty much perfect in every conceivable way.
     Laura, trying to get back into work, leaves Emily with Jamie on the basis that he has insisted that he would make a better parent. Unbeknownst to her, he's cocked up and has an exam on the same day. Not willing to mess up his A-Levels, he dumps Emily on his friends Beth and Mike, who treat the responsibility of looking after the child like an old married couple. At Jamie's house, Keith tries to take a serious look into a job search and somewhat inadvertantly ends up as the headliner of a gay phone-sex company owned by Tracy-Ann Oberman. When Sandra finds out, she is initially calmed by the £50-an-hour rate but is soon icked out when listening in on one of the calls.
     Not taking the baby-care well, Beth and Mike leave Emily with Alan, who is still a bit off, and who takes to turning the entire house into a child-free zone by removing any sharp objects and by covering things in bubble wrap. I love how subtle Angus Deayton plays his character's lunacy, and that's what makes his part of the episode so funny. At work, Laura is under a feisty supervisor and keeps messing up, especially as she's still lactating and has an embarrassing incidient. Her supervisor manages to prevent her from further embarrassment and, as a mother herself, tells her to stop working and get back home. Despite flouting exam rules about mobile phones, Jamie learns of this, and runs home to find that Laura has caught him out.
Angus Deayton's subtle madness is what makes his scenes
cross over the line into comedy genius.
     Everyone was strong this week, although as last week the strongest players were most definitely Angus Deayton and the surprising up-and-comer Ben Crompton, both of whom bring in quite different and yet subtle performances that often make me wish the show was about them and their parallel ways of treating the main scenario instead of having to anchor the story around Laura and Jamie. Laura's storyline was much more satisfying this week, if only for a touching moment with the supervisor, but the protagonists' bits of story still feel like necessary padding more than the focus of the show. Despite that, I really can't fault the episode and it's probably the first that's had me laughing all the way through.


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