Sick of It (TV series)
|Sick of It|
|Created by||Karl Pilkington|
|Directed by||Richard Yee|
|Theme music composer||Joshua Moshier|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Production location(s)||West London|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Me+You Productions|
|Original network||Sky One|
|Picture format||16:9 1080p|
|Original release||27 September 2018– present|
Sick of It is a British comedy-drama television series that premiered on Sky One on 27 September 2018. It was created and written by Karl Pilkington and Richard Yee (who also directed the series). Karl Pilkington stars as both lead characters, playing his namesake Karl, and the voice inside his head that takes the form of his Doppelgänger.
The series is set around Ladbroke Grove in London and follows Karl, a bored taxi driver who has been dumped by his girlfriend Zoe and moves in with his elderly American aunt Norma, and is struggling to get his life back on track. Karl's closest companion is the voice in his head, a sardonic, outspoken alter ego who takes the form of his double – it's the uncensored true version of Karl that says what he really thinks without the risk of offending others. As Karl attempts to move on from the break up and sort out his life, the voice in his head appears periodically to guide, criticise and dispense his unorthodox philosophy of life.
Series 1 (2018)
|Title||Directed by||Original air date||UK viewers|
(millions)  
|1||1||"Episode 1"||Richard Yee||27 September 2018||1.079m (combined Wed/Thu screening)|
|Karl and Norma are holding a wake for Uncle Vinnie at his house. There could be no better time for a delivery man to rock up with a new sofa and Karl needs to get shot of the old one fast. When he puts an ad online, he is given the runaround by Neil.|
|2||2||"Episode 2"||Richard Yee||27 September 2018||710,400 (combined Wed/Thu screening)|
|Next door's noisy baby is doing Karl's head in, so when he picks up two mums and their crying kids in his taxi the next day, he loses it. This sends him off to counselling for anger management. There, his therapist forces him to confront his issues.|
|3||3||"Episode 3"||Richard Yee||4 October 2018||596,000|
|Karl books a holiday alone as he needs some me-time and decides to escape Auntie Norma for a holiday in the middle of nowhere. However, his hopes of a quiet week are dashed when the nosy locals discover he is on his own.|
|4||4||"Episode 4"||Richard Yee||4 October 2018||496,800|
|Karl and Norma wind up on a mad journey to Eastbourne after Karl accidentally takes a cherished photo to the charity shop. While Norma basks in her memories, Karl realises that things were not quite what they seemed when he stumbles on a secret.|
|5||5||"Episode 5"||Richard Yee||11 October 2018||456,500|
|Karl's big plan to woo Zoe goes out the window when a dad and his son get into his cab. Then, an urgent pick-up derails things even further when he gets stuck in the traffic at the Pride festival.|
|6||6||"Episode 6"||Richard Yee||11 October 2018||428,100|
|Dating is not going well for a constipated Karl, he has been out the game for a long time and finds himself constantly saying the wrong things. Well, that is until he meets someone who cannot understand what he says.|
Pilkington stars as the show’s two lead characters and appears in every episode. Sondra James plays his American Auntie. Sick of It doesn’t have a regular fixed cast and instead features guest appearances each week from actors including Craig Parkinson, Kate Ashfield, Perry Benson, Finn Bennett, Remy Beasley, Raad Rawi, David Vujanic, Cokey Falcow, Lou Sanders, Shola Adewusi, Cavan Clerkin and Julia Krynke.
Lucy Mangan from The Guardian gave the first two episodes 3 out of 5, observing It may not have been pure Pilkington, but perhaps in these melancholy times we couldn’t cope with that simple, shining joy anyway. 
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