Him & Her

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Him & Her
Him and Her.jpeg
Opening title
Genre Sitcom
Created by Stefan Golaszewski
Written by Stefan Golaszewski
Directed by Richard Laxton
Starring Russell Tovey
Sarah Solemani
Kerry Howard
Joe Wilkinson
Camille Coduri
Ricky Champ
Ending theme Lulu – "Boom Bang-a-Bang"
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 25 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Kenton Allen and Lyndsay Robinson
Running time 28 minute episodes
Production company(s) Big Talk Productions
Distributor BBC Worldwide
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Three
BBC HD
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original run 6 September 2010 (2010-09-06) – 19 December 2013
External links
Website

Him & Her was a British television sitcom about a lazy twenty-something couple, called Steve and Becky. It was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Three on 6 September 2010. It is written by Stefan Golaszewski and stars Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani. The theme tune is the song "Boom Bang-a-Bang" by Lulu.

The first series aired from 6 September to 11 October 2010, and comprised six episodes. The second series aired from 1 November to 13 December 2011, and comprised seven episodes. The third series aired from 18 November to 23 December 2012, comprising seven episodes, including a 'special' Christmas episode.

The fourth (and final series) aired from 21 November to 19 December 2013 and comprised five episodes. Series 4 (subtitled "The Wedding") is based around Laura and Paul's wedding ceremony and reception, rather than the bedsit where Steve and Becky live.

Episode list[edit]

Series 1[edit]

S no. E no. Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1 1 "The Interruption" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 6 September 2010 (2010-09-06)
2 2 "The Birthday" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 13 September 2010 (2010-09-13)
3 3 "The Fancy Dress Party" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 20 September 2010 (2010-09-20)
4 4 "The Football" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 27 September 2010 (2010-09-27)
5 5 "The Parents" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 4 October 2010 (2010-10-04)
6 6 "The Argument" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 11 October 2010 (2010-10-11)

Series 2[edit]

S no. E no. Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
7 1 "The Move" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 1 November 2011 (2011-11-01)
8 2 "The Sleepover" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 8 November 2011 (2011-11-08)
9 3 "The Get Together" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 15 November 2011 (2011-11-15)
10 4 "The Fight" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 22 November 2011 (2011-11-22)
11 5 "The Rollover" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 29 November 2011 (2011-11-29)
12 6 "The Cinema" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 6 December 2011 (2011-12-06)
13 7 "The Split" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 13 December 2011 (2011-12-13)

Series 3[edit]

S no. E no. Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
14 1 "The Ring" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 18 November 2012 (2012-11-18)[1]
15 2 "The Sister-in-Law" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 18 November 2012 (2012-11-18)[2]
16 3 "The Happy Couple" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 25 November 2012 (2012-11-25)[3]
17 4 "The Father-in-Law" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 2 December 2012 (2012-12-02)[4]
18 5 "The First Date" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 9 December 2012 (2012-12-09)[5]
19 6 "The Proposal" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 16 December 2012 (2012-12-16)[6]
20 7 "The Christmas Special" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 23 December 2012 (2012-12-23)[7]

Series 4[edit]

S no. E no. Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
21 1 "The Morning" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 21 November 2013 (2013-11-21)
22 2 "The Arrival" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 28 November 2013 (2013-11-28)
23 3 "The Ceremony" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 5 December 2013 (2013-12-05)
24 4 "The Speeches" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 12 December 2013 (2013-12-12)
25 5 "The Disco" Richard Laxton Stefan Golaszewski 19 December 2013 (2013-12-19)

Cast[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Series 1 (2010) Becky and Steve are happy to spend their days watching DVDs in Steve's bedsit, but are constantly interrupted by Dan (the man who lives upstairs), Laura and Paul (Becky's sister and her fiancé), and Becky's parents.

Series 2 (2011) Becky moves into Steve's flat permanently. Becky's sister Laura and her friend Shelly have become best friends with Steve's ex-girlfriend. Dan is back with his girlfriend.

Series 3 (2012) Steve contemplates proposing to Becky, but struggles to find the right moment. Becky's sister Laura is pregnant, and is letting everyone know about it. Meanwhile, the relationship between Shelly and Dan continues to blossom.

Series 4 (2013) The series focuses on Paul and Laura's wedding day. Each episode follows a different stage of the day, with Becky as chief bridesmaid and Steve as best man, from the early morning wake up call, through the ceremony and the speeches, to the late night disco.

Critical reception[edit]

Most critics in the UK responded warmly to the first series; although there was some mild criticism directed towards the more crude and naturalistic aspects of the programme, reviewers reacted positively to the quality of writing and acting found on the show. In The Metro Keith Watson summed it up as "sleazy fun [but] not without a certain soiled charm",[8] while in The Independent Brian Viner compared the set-up to that of the popular British sitcom The Royle Family, describing Him and Her as "beautifully acted... wonderfully written... and intermittently very funny indeed".[9] In one of the more negative reviews, David Crawford of The Radio Times was a little more reserved in his praise of the show; although he admitted that "the chemistry between the two leads... [gives the] filthy comedy a warm-hearted edge" he also expressed distaste for the "lewd and crude" humour frequently on display.[10]

In respect to the writing, The Guardian labelled the series "a witty, touching show" that "has the feel of a series of short plays",[11] while in The Radio Times Claire Webb noted how as the series progressed she found it to be "more Beckett play than the [usual] zany fare you might expect from a BBC3 sitcom.[12]

On reviewing the final episode, Aidan Smith of The Scotsman summarised the show as "a jam and fluff-covered gem featuring charming performances from Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani as Steve and Becky".[13] The series was awarded the BAFTA for British Academy Television Award for Best Situation Comedy in 2014.[14]

DVD release[edit]

The complete first series DVD was released on 18 October 2010,[15] and the second series on 12 November 2012. A series 1 & 2 boxset was also released on 12 November 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Radio Times page for The Ring". Radiotimes.com. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Radio Times page for The Sister-in-Law". Radiotimes.com. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Radio Times page for The Happy Couple". Radiotimes.com. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "BBC Three - Him & Her, Series 3, The Father-in-Law". Bbc.co.uk. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "BBC Three - Him & Her, Series 3, The First Date". Bbc.co.uk. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "BBC Three - Him & Her, Series 3, The Proposal". Bbc.co.uk. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "BBC Three - Him & Her, Series 3, The Christmas Special". Bbc.co.uk. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "TV review: Him & Her (BBC3)". Metro.co.uk. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Viner, Brian (14 September 2010). "Last Night's TV – Jamie's American Food Revolution, Channel 4; Him & Her, BBC3; Bouquet of Barbed Wire, ITV1 – Reviews – TV & Radio – The Independent". The Independent (London). 
  10. ^ "Him & Her – Reviews and Articles – British Comedy Guide". Comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Wright, Jonathan; Raeside, Julia; Nicholson, Rebecca; Dean, Will (6 September 2010). "America: The Story of the US". The Guardian (London). 
  12. ^ "Him & Her – Reviews and Articles – British Comedy Guide". Comedy.co.uk. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "TV review: Modern Family | Him&Her | The Apprentice – News –". Scotsman.com. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  14. ^ Masters, Tim (19 May 2014). "Bafta TV awards: the view backstage". BBC News. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "DVD details for Him & Her". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 

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