Threesome (TV series)

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Threesome
Genre Comedy
Format Sitcom
Created by Tom MacRae
Written by Tom MacRae
Tom Edge
Directed by Ian FitzGibbon
Starring Emun Elliott
Amy Huberman
Stephen Wight
Opening theme "Work It Out" by Esser
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 14 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Kenton Allen
Simon Curtis
Producer(s) John Rushton
Luke Alkin
Running time 25 minutes approx
Production company(s) Big Talk Productions
Distributor BBC Worldwide
Broadcast
Original channel Comedy Central
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original run 17 October 2011 (2011-10-17) – 12 November 2012 (2012-11-12)

Threesome (stylised as threesome with a spermatozoon fertilising the letter O) is a British television sitcom written by Tom MacRae and starring Stephen Wight, Amy Huberman and Emun Elliott.[1] The series is focused around three friends—Alice, Mitch and Richie—who return home from a night out celebrating Alice's birthday and end up having a threesome, which results in Richie getting Alice pregnant. Instead of getting an abortion, the three friends decide to raise the baby as a trio.[2] The series began airing on 17 October 2011 on Comedy Central and Comedy Central HD. It is the first original scripted comedy commissioned by Comedy Central and is produced by Big Talk Productions.

In February 2012, it was confirmed that Comedy Central had renewed the show for a second series,[3] which if as popular as the first, could lead to a mass programming budget increase from Paramount (Co-owners of Comedy Central), to produce a 22-episode third series.[4] In October 2013, a spokesperson from Big Talk Productions revealed the series will not be re-commissioned for a third series.[5]

Premise[edit]

Threesome is a sitcom about three inseparable friends on the verge of 30. Alice (Amy Huberman) lives with her boyfriend Mitch (Stephen Wight) and their gay best friend Richie (Emun Elliott). Together they form three points of an unlikely triangle, living, laughing and larging it together. After one particularly big night out, they end up having an unplanned threesome which results in an even more unplanned pregnancy. So they decide it's time to ditch the party lifestyle and have the baby and raise it as a threesome.

Characters & cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Alice Heston (Amy Huberman) is the female lead. Alice's long-term friendship with Richie leads to her relationship with boyfriend Mitch.[6]
  • Mitch Ennis (Stephen Wight) meets Richie at his brother's funeral, and the two become friends. A blind date leads to Mitch and Alice dating.[6]
  • Richie Valentine (Emun Elliott): Best friends with Alice (since university) and Mitch, but unable to commit despite an active love life.[6]
  • Lily Owen Valentine-Ennis: is the trio's baby whom Alice gives birth to in the last episode of the first series. She is to be one of the main cast in the second series. Her characteristics are currently unknown.[7]

Supporting roles[edit]

  • Lorraine Heston (Pauline McLynn): a self-created glamour-puss and a bit of a nightmare control freak. She loves her daughter Alice dearly, but that love more often than not expresses itself as a domineering cattiness. Lorraine is all about the tan and the chatter and loves a good party, but behind the champagne bubbles the claws are out. Lorraine is wealthy and lives in Tenerife most of the year, where she flirts with boys, tolerates Alice’s father Malcolm, and drinks way, way too much.
  • Sue Ennis (Paddy Navin): a woman who couldn’t be more like her son Mitch, or any closer to him; two peas in a pod who still love each other's company. Sue is down to earth, unpretentious and incredibly caring – as well as charmingly sentimental and a bit of a motor-mouth. Of all the mums, she’s the least demanding, and will probably end up being far and away the best babysitter.
  • Jenny Rouse (Joanna Roth): Richie’s mum couldn’t be less like Sue to look at. Jenny models herself on Anna Wintour; immaculate fashions and flawless styling, and is a design icon in her own right. Well spoken and perfectly poised, Jenny is every inch a lady – but she’s not above chatting up boys on Richie’s behalf. Jenny is desperate for Richie to find someone special and give her a gorgeous son-in-law to coo over.

Episodes[edit]

Reception[edit]

The series has received a mostly positive critical reaction. Actor Russell Tovey praised the series. Catriona Wightman, writing for Digital Spy, also praised the series, coming to the conclusion that "it's really rather good indeed."[8] The British Comedy Guide said "after the double-bill opener, Threesome has made a fantastic start. The potentially quite unlikeable situation and characters have proved to be anything but, and some great set-piece lines and scenes really made us laugh out loud. We found it thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, and can't wait for the rest of the series."[9] Writing for The Daily Telegraph, Catherine Gee said "Threesome throws up some funny moments and there's plenty of good chemistry between its stars."[8] In a slightly more negative-mixed-positive review, Lucy Mangan, writing for The Guardian, said "the jokes are weak but when it's not trying to be funny, Threesome is very funny."[8] Writing a negative review, again for The Guardian, Martin Skegg said "presumably it's meant to be funny, but you'll be searching high and low for the jokes."[8] David Crawford writing for the RadioTimes gave a highly positive review, saying "starting from a preposterous premise, this rambunctious comedy manages to get hearty, and frequently filthy, laughs from its unlikely situation. The humour is suitably broad for the subject matter, but there are neat gags, and wonderful physical comedy."[8] Liam Murphy, writing for On the Box, gave a mixed review, saying "this is a sitcom with potential and as long as it avoids the trappings of most comedy pregnancies (see season 8 of Friends) then I might just watch the rest of the series!"[8]

In January 2013 the British Comedy Guide gave the show the Comedy.co.uk Editors' Award saying: "We congratulate production company Big Talk and Comedy Central for giving this unique series the chance to grow. It seems to have boosted the channel's confidence in ordering more original comedy".[10][11]

DVD and Blu-ray Release[edit]

On 17 October 2011, BBC Worldwide, released the series to download on the iTunes Store. Then as of 12 November 2012, series 1 became available to purchase on DVD-Video through 2 Entertain.

On 1 October 2012, series 2 became available to download through iTunes. A release date of series 2 on DVD has yet to be confirmed by 2 Entertain.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No Eye Contact, No Cock Touching | Threesome | Threesome | Episode 1 from Threesome - Series 1 | Video | Comedy Central UK and Ireland". Comedycentral.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  2. ^ "Threesome / Big Talk Productions". Bigtalkproductions.com. 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  3. ^ "Threesome Series 2 confirmed! | News | Comedy Central UK and Ireland". Comedycentral.co.uk. 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  4. ^ "Comedy Central pushing further original UK projects - News - British Comedy Guide". Comedy.co.uk. 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  5. ^ "No more Threesome for Amy Huberman as show scrapped". Independent.ie. 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  6. ^ a b c "Threesome Series 2 - Cast". Comedy Central. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Comedy Central orders Threesome Series 2 - News - British Comedy Guide". Comedy.co.uk. 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Threesome - Reviews and Press Articles - British Comedy Guide". Comedy.co.uk. 2011-10-11. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  9. ^ "Threesome - Comedy Central Sitcom - British Comedy Guide". Comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  10. ^ Brown, Aaron (23 January 2013). "Miranda picks up top Comedy.co.uk Awards titles". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Boosey, Mark (21 January 2013). "The Comedy.co.uk Awards 2012". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 

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