“It’s a brutally accurate depiction and one that could so easily fall into despair but instead manages to find humour at every turn”
It might not have had the mega budgets or advertising fanfare that accompanied some of this year’s major hits, but my goodness does this razor-sharp comedy pack a punch.
Long anticipated and, in my opinion, so worth the wait, this Big Deal Films & A24 series is everything that TV should aspire to be: original, brave and a total joy to consume (which I managed in a single sitting).
Co-created by and starring the brilliant Adjani Salmon as Kwabena, the series follows an aspiring filmmaker attempting to navigate the predominantly wealthy and white film and TV industry. It’s a brutally accurate depiction and one that could so easily fall into despair but instead manages to find humour at every turn – there’s a karaoke scene which might be one of the best examples of toe-curling comedy you’ll ever see.
I can’t emphasise enough how grateful I am that this web series fought its way into becoming a fully-fledged BBC comedy, and to all those that championed it along the way. Here’s hoping for a second series.
Honourable mentions – In my predictions for 2023, I prayed for the return of the sketch show. Although that hasn’t quite become reality, my appetite was satiated by the absurdly brilliant third run of I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (Netflix). I can’t exactly remember how many times I’ve watched the zipline sketch, but I probably make up around half of its YouTube views.
It would be remiss of me to not also draw attention to the hard work and dedicated journalism that led to the expose Russell Brand: In Plain Sight (Channel 4). It’s a brutal, but necessary watch.
- Heather Fallon is a reporter, Broadcast
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Heather Fallon: Dreaming Whilst Black, (Big Deal Films & A24 for BBC3)