25 February 2012 | roger-pettit1
An enjoyable romantic drama with high production qualities
Talk to Me is typical of the type of drama that is often aired on British TV on consecutive nights after the 9pm watershed. It is an enjoyable, glossy romantic drama that keeps the viewer hooked.
Set in London, its main character is Mitch (Max Beesley), who is the host of a late-night radio phone-in programme that gives emotional and sexual advice to listeners. Mitch is single, but has a womanising streak and a string of romantic liaisons behind him. His best friend Woody (Joseph Millson), who works on the phone-in with him, is just the opposite. He is steady and reliable and has been in a relationship with Claire (Laura Fraser) for 9 years. They have a young baby and are planning to get married. Mitch falls for Claire and they sleep together. There are parallel stories involving a young teacher, Kelly (Kate Ashfield), who is Mitch's sister and who has a sexual relationship with one of her 15- year old pupils; and Ally (Emma Pierson), who is eccentric and will do seemingly anything to secure love.
Talk to Me has a good script, is well acted and has very high production values. The cinematography is glossy; the sets are expensive; and the soundtrack, which features a number of laid-back pop songs, is excellent. At 4 episodes of around 45 minutes each, it is perhaps a little too long. It is not a programme that will linger long in the memory - but it is nonetheless a very entertaining watch. 7/10.