Sick of It (TV series)

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Sick of It
GenreComedy-drama
Created byKarl Pilkington
Richard Yee
Directed byRichard Yee
Starring
Theme music composerJoshua Moshier
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Production
Producer(s)John Pocock
Production location(s)West London
Dungeness
Eastbourne
Editor(s)Chris Watson
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Me+You Productions
Alrite Productions
DistributorBBC Worldwide
Release
Original networkSky One
Picture format16:9 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original release27 September 2018 (2018-09-27) – present

Sick of It is a British comedy-drama television series that premiered on Sky One on 27 September 2018.[1][2] It was created and written by Karl Pilkington and Richard Yee (who also directed the series).[3] 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.[4][5] 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.

Pilkington and Yee have worked together since 2009 on An Idiot Abroad and The Moaning of Life. Sick of It is the first scripted project they have collaborated on.[6]

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [7] [8]
11"Episode 1"Richard Yee27 September 2018 (2018-09-27)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.
22"Episode 2"Richard Yee27 September 2018 (2018-09-27)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.
33"Episode 3"Richard Yee4 October 2018 (2018-10-04)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.
44"Episode 4"Richard Yee4 October 2018 (2018-10-04)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.
55"Episode 5"Richard Yee11 October 2018 (2018-10-11)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.
66"Episode 6"Richard Yee11 October 2018 (2018-10-11)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.

Cast[edit]

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.

Reception[edit]

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. [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sky Corporate". Sky. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  2. ^ "Karl Pilkington to write and star in new comedy series Sick of It". Metro. 2017-09-21. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  3. ^ "Karl Pilkington's 'Sick of It' Goes Global". www.theairwaves.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  4. ^ "Karl Pilkington is finally getting his own sitcom". ShortList. 2017-09-21. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  5. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Karl Pilkington to star in his own sitcom : News 2017 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  6. ^ "Karl Pilkington is coming back with a brand new comedy show". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  7. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Four Screen Dashboard". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  9. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/sep/27/sick-of-it-review-karl-pilkingtons-new-comedy-is-more-melancholy-meditation-than-shaggy-dog-stories

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