26 April 2019 | tjmack-852-26427
A Mike Leigh-esque bitter=sweet tale of modern Britain
Toby Jones plays a set of twins - Peter, coach driver in Bognor Regis, England, father to Kyla, stroppy young adult still-at-home daughter. Peter's one of nature's heroic cowards, fighting against his natural timidness to savee an illegal Eritean immigrant 19 yr old woman from human traffickers - rather hapless traffickers as it happens... And Barry, Peter's twin, - who is rather predictably the complete opposite of Peter. Brash, matey, know-it-all ex- pat living in Australia - who we get to see through Skype sessions.
All the supporting class keep pace with the masterful Toby Jones, but highlights include Marcia Warren, who plays Peter and Barry's mother, Joy, who's at the start of dementia, and who, in Peter's eyes, refuses to accept that Barry (her obvious favourite) has abandoned her and gone off to Oz. Joy rather cruelly always 'mistakenly' calls Peter, Barry;
And Fran (Claire Rushbrook) , not unattractive but generously proportioned middle-aged woman, mother to Kieran, her son with Cerebral Palsy, whom she adores... She has an unfailing optimistic view of everything. Somehow, Peter has unwittingly and inexplicably attracted her amorous attentions....
Very gentle, bitter-sweet comedy throughout. Some have called it dark, even black comedy because of the subject matter involved, but not me. My tolerances might be higher than the average, though. Worth a binge watch. as it's only 6 x 30mins episodes.