||The Worst Week of My Life
||2004 - 2006 (BBC1)
||17 (3 series)
||Ben Miller, Sarah Alexander
||Mark Bussell, Justin Sbresni
||Hat Trick Productions
A sitcom about how getting married turns into the week from
hell for Howard Steel. He manages to do a very good job of
making his parents-in-law hate him but not such a good job
of shaking off his barking mad stalker Cassie.
In series two Howard and Mel, now married, have a baby on the way. Unsurprisingly things are far from smooth going and Howard manages to make the Cook family hate him even more.
In the 2006 specials Howard and Mel are looking forward to their first Christmas as a family with their new baby daughter, Emily.
However for Howard, and those close to him, life is rarely that simple!
Highly embarrassing and highly funny, this programme was
one of the best new sitcoms to grace our screens in 2004 and has sucessfully extended the laughs over another series and three Christmas specials.
With no laugh track or obvious one-liners much of the comedy
comes in the form farce - Howard is very unlucky!
The Worst Week of my Life will no doubt remind many of the Ben Stiller film Meet the
Parents because, like in that, the groom-to-be does
everything wrong that he possibly can - for example in the
first two episodes Howard managed
to lose the wedding ring twice, kill his fiancee's parent's
dog and give the impression he has thrown his toilet stool
out of the bathroom window and more.
It's comedy at a basic level but there's nothing wrong with that as it's very
good, very embarrassing and most importantly very funny!
This sitcom is currently being re-made for an American audience but sadly the 2006 Christmas specials are likely to be the last we see of the British version of Worst Week. The BBC have cancelled the British series. Alison Steadman who plays Angela in the series says: "The BBC, for reasons best known to themselves, have cancelled it. I was so upset. Best to go out on a high, they say. How many times have we heard that? I bet it's a huge hit in the US."
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