The Wright Way

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The Wright Way
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Genre Sitcom
Written by Ben Elton
Directed by Dewi Humphreys
Starring David Haig
Mina Anwar
Luke Gell
Toby Longworth
Beattie Edmondson
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Gregor Sharp
Lucy Ansbro
Producer(s) Ben Elton
Rohan Acharya
Location(s) Salford, Greater Manchester
Production company(s) Phil McIntyre Television
Release
Original network BBC One
Original release 23 April (2013-04-23) – 28 May 2013 (2013-05-28)
External links
Website

The Wright Way is a British television sitcom written by Ben Elton which aired on BBC One in April–May 2013. It concerns a health and safety manager, his staff, and his family. Widely panned by critics, it was cancelled after one series.[1]

Plot[edit]

The series centres around Gerald Wright (David Haig), manager of the health and safety department of the fictional Baselricky Council implied to be in Essex. Wright's team includes Malika Maha (Mina Anwar), Clive Beeches (Luke Gell), and Bernard Stanning (Toby Longworth). His family includes daughter Susan (Joanne Matthews) and her girlfriend Victoria (Beattie Edmondson), and ex-wife Valerie (Kacey Ainsworth).

Characters[edit]

  • Gerald Wright – a middle aged divorcee who is the Chief Health and Safety officer for Baselricky Borough Council. He takes his job very seriously, and appears diligent, although slightly paranoid about the 'dangers' of everyday situations. His ex-wife Valerie left him after being married for over twenty years because she couldn't take his 'stick-to-the-rules' persona any longer. He lives with his daughter Susan and her girlfriend Victoria. He appears to have been deeply affected by the divorce, and Susan correctly deduces that his anxiety and anger over simple things is a mask to cover his depression caused by the end of his marriage. Also, although he clearly loves his only child Susan very much, he describes her coming out as a lesbian as a 'lifestyle bombshell' and he may secretly be slightly uncomfortable by his daughter's homosexuality. He argues a lot with Victoria, Susan's live-in girlfriend, but deep down he has grown to love her like a second daughter.
  • Susan Wright – Gerald's 23-year-old daughter. Since the divorce of her parents and her mother moving out, the responsibility of running the house has fallen to Susan, and she is now responsible for food shopping, paying bills, working as a plumber and looking after her equally invalid father and girlfriend. She plays the 'straight man' in comparison to Gerald's neurotic behaviour and Victoria's naivety. However, she clearly loves her father very much, and is shown to be very much in love with Victoria, despite her being far less intelligent than Susan. Also, Susan is shown to care very much for her mother, and tries to make her see that her new Australian boyfriend Kyle is just using her for her divorce settlement money.
  • Victoria – Susan's 19-year old, incompetent girlfriend. She is a DJ, although she gets very little work and has been mockingly nicknamed 'DJ No-Gigs' by people on the internet. She is quite posh compared to Susan and Gerald, yet she is openly in love with Susan, and has developed emotional attachment to Gerald.

Production[edit]

The Wright Way (originally titled Slings and Arrows) was commissioned by BBC One Controller Danny Cohen and Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning Cheryl Taylor.[2]

The series was filmed at the BBC's studios at MediaCityUK in Salford, Greater Manchester from January to March 2013.[2]

Episode list[edit]

# Title Director Writer Original air date
1 "The Rogue Speed Bump" Dewi Humphreys Ben Elton 23 April 2013 (2013-04-23)
2 "Conkers Bonkers" Dewi Humphreys Ben Elton 30 April 2013 (2013-04-30)
3 "Lethal Swing Back" Dewi Humphreys Ben Elton 7 May 2013 (2013-05-07)
4 "Concealed Sharp Objects" Dewi Humphreys Ben Elton 14 May 2013 (2013-05-14)
5 "Curbing the Kerb" Dewi Humphreys Ben Elton 21 May 2013 (2013-05-21)
6 "The Deadly Receptacle" Dewi Humphreys Ben Elton 28 May 2013 (2013-05-28)

Reception[edit]

Critics did not like the first episode.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] The second episode was heavily criticised by Tom Phillips in the New Statesman.[11] Adam Postans in The Mirror called it 'the worst sitcom ever'.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dowell, Ben (9 July 2013). "BBC axes Ben Elton comedy The Wright Way – Heading Out and Getting on also chopped". Radio Times. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Filming begins on new BBC One comedy The Wright Way". BBC Media Centre. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Simons, Jake Wallis (24 April 2013). "The Wright Way, BBC One, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 April 2013. I thought it was one of the BEST sitcoms ever !!! 
  4. ^ Sutcliffe, Tom (24 April 2013). "TV review – The Wright Way, BBC1". The Independent. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Watson, Keith (24 April 2013). "Ben Elton's The Wright Way took a very wrong turn on the comedy front". Metro. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Crace, John (24 April 2013). "The Wright Way; Edward VIII's Murderous Mistress; Keeping Britain Alive: A Day in the NHS – TV review". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Heritage, Stuart (22 April 2013). "The Wright Way: the sitcom that proves Ben Elton is no longer remotely funny". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Cole, Tom (24 April 2013). "Ben Elton's The Wright Way rubs critics up the wrong way". Radio Times. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Tate, Gabriel (16 April 2013). "The Wright Way". Time Out. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Sherwin, Adam (24 April 2013). "Ben Elton mauled by critics after getting BBC sitcom The Wright Way badly wrong". The Independent. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Phillips, Tom (1 May 2013). "How did Ben Elton's "The Wright Way" get it so wrong?". New Statesman. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Postans, Adam (28 April 2013). "The Wright Way: New BBC Comedy by Ben Elton is the worst sitcom ever". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 

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