Big Bad World (TV series)
|Big Bad World|
|Created by||Joe Tucker
|Written by||Joe Tucker
|Directed by||Sandy Johnson
Scarlett Alice Johnson
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Executive producer(s)||Ben Farrell
|Running time||22 minutes approx|
|Production company(s)||Objective Productions|
|Original network||Comedy Central|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||21 August– 9 October 2013|
Big Bad World is a British television sitcom which first aired on Comedy Central in 2013. Created by Joe Tucker and Lloyd Woolf, it stars Blake Harrison as Ben, a directionless, young graduate who returns to his home town of Great Yarmouth after leaving university.
- Blake Harrison as Ben Turnbull
- Rebecca Humphries as Beth
- David Fynn as Oakley
- Seann Walsh as Eggman
- James Fleet as Neil Turnbull
- Caroline Quentin as Jan Turnbull
- Scarlett Alice Johnson as Lucy Deacon
- Alex Lanipekun as Steve
- Julia Deakin as Shirley
- Jay Brown as Dean
|#||Title||Directed By||Written By||Original airdate|
|1||"Episode 1"||Sandy Johnson||Joe Tucker & Lloyd Woolf||21 August 2013|
|Ben returns home from university to find that his parents have knocked down the wall between their bedroom and his. He intends to find work abroad, but has a changes his plan when he bumps into his ex-girlfriend Lucy. He thinks he can win her back, despite finding out that she is in a relationship with a policeman, who proposes to her in the pub in front of him and his friends.|
|2||"Episode 2"||Sandy Johnson, Tristram Shapeero||Joe Tucker & Lloyd Woolf||28 August 2013|
|Ben starts an unpaid graduate internship at his local pub and attempts to prove Lucy's love for him.|
|3||"Episode 3"||Sandy Johnson||Joe Tucker, Lloyd Woolf & Jon Purkis||4 September 2013|
|Oakley attempts to celebrate his birthday with a day of carefully scheduled activities. However, his friends various preoccupations make this an increasingly difficult endeavour.|
|4||"Episode 4"||Sandy Johnson||Joe Tucker & Lloyd Woolf||11 September 2013|
|Ben takes a moral stand against pub chef Dean over his incessant dry-humping, leading to Ben being accused of sexual harassment in the workplace. Meanwhile, Beth attempts to improve her chugging performance with flirtation but finds she's playing with fire.|
|5||"Episode 5"||Sandy Johnson||Rose Heiney||18 September 2013|
|Beth starts seeing an environmental activist called Sandy and Ben bets her that they will break up within the week. Meanwhile, Eggman suffers a life crisis and Oakley tries to rebuild him in his own image.|
|6||"Episode 6"||Sandy Johnson||Kevin Cecil & Andy Riley||25 September 2013|
|To earn some extra cash, Ben volunteers for medical testing. Oakley introduces the gang to his new girlfriend - "Aunty" Pat - and Eggman is keen to impress local music journalist, J.J. Savage.|
|7||"Episode 7"||Sandy Johnson||Rose Heiney||2 October 2013|
|Ben angles for a promotion at the pub and is given the task of managing a bring-and-buy sale. But the local crowd prove less than ready for his bohemian vision of a pop-up market.|
|8||"Episode 8"||Sandy Johnson||Joe Tucker & Lloyd Woolf||9 October 2013|
|Beth wins 'Chugger of the Year' and invites Ben to the award ceremony in glittering Norwich. However, Ben is in a bind when he finally manages to win a date with Lucy on the same night.|
The show received a generally positive critical reaction with some mixed reviews. The Guardian praised the series as "a surprisingly engaging original series from Comedy Central UK" and "a funny take on the challenges of adulthood". The Metro said of episode 1, "So far, so promising. Harrison is adept at the whole man-child thing and he's surrounded by a convincing bunch of slacker, lives-going-nowhere mates, for whom a trip to Chelmsford is the height of excitement” and later praised the show as "a clever and funny insight into graduate life".
Criticising the show as being "marred by some unnecessarily post-Partridge moments", the Radio Times nevertheless said, "Big Bad World sparks into life when it stops trying too hard and forges its own path. Ben and Beth are easy to warm to, while Scarlett Johnson expertly cuts a diabolically fluffy figure as femme fatale Lucy." DIY magazine praised the opening episode's "innate watchability", commenting that "Making us care for characters is no mean feat and creators Joe Tucker and Lloyd Woolf seem to have a plan to make us fall for Ben and his merry band of men and women. A few more episodes in to allow for everyone to settle in and it’s fair to say that the future is promising for Big Bad World."
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