Horgan’s Catastrophe Is Anything But

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Hands up if you tuned in for the first episode of Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney’s new show Catastrophe, which aired on Ch4 last night? If you didn’t, you missed out because it was properly bloody funny!

Catastrophe was well-written, darkly sweet and featured two main characters who could (should?) have been hateful, but became something rather wonderful in Horgan and Delaney’s hands.

If you didn’t see it, we strongly urge you to watch it on 4oD. But don’t just take our word for it – here’s our round up of today’s reviews (click on the link to read the review in full):

The Guardian absolutely loved it calling it “depraved, sweet and very, very funny” and saying: “Praise be, after scores of British sitcoms based around the nonspecific, warm, fuzzy feeling generated by people being kind at each other, a half hour of narrative comedy that bursts with jokes. Solid, delicious chunks of funny pudding rather than the funny-flavoured foam we’ve been doused in lately.”

The Times gives the show 4 stars and says, “This new comedy, penned by Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, manages to be believable, good-hearted, raw and rude.”

The slightly less superlative Independent describes it as “an enjoyably rude romcom that’s safer than it thinks it is” and The Telegraph calls the show “promising”.

However, The Arts Desk raves about it, describing it thus: “Often filthy, very funny, and occasionally dark, it includes some of the most frank descriptions of childbirth ever heard on TV and a triumph of a scene which relies on seemingly endless repetition of the word “cancer” for laughs.”

So there you have it, empirical evidence that Catastrophe was pretty darned good.

Head over here for some clips from the show and filmed interviews with the two stars. And don’t forget to tune into episode 2 on channel 4 on Monday 26th January at 10pm.


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