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8th March 2012 09:00:00
Posted by Nick Bryan

We Recommend: The Sarah Millican Television Programme

Review of The Sarah Millican Television Programme, featuring (surprisingly) Sarah Millican, on BBC2.
Starting tonight on BBC2, it’s The Sarah Millican Television Programme, a show which, if nothing else, has a self-explanatory name. You can’t sit down to this and claim you have no earthly idea what’s coming.

Which makes it hard to write a “review”, because the only real question you’ll be asking yourself is “Do I like Sarah Millican’s comedy?” And, if the answer is yes, you’ll probably watch it, irrespective of what I type. Nonetheless, if you’re on the fence, I did check out the first episode.

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The Sarah Millican Television Programme, in short, is a chance for Millican to talk about television programmes. In the first episode, she discusses wildlife shows and dating shows, bringing on a guest from each genre to provide expert insight. Presumably, later episodes will tackle another couple of TV formats each.

There are plenty of good jokes here, Sarah Millican is a very endearing host, and her material is endearingly filthy. There are plenty of jokes here that would be amusing yet tasteless from many comics, but from someone as good-natured and lovely-seeming as Millican, somehow become even funnier.

This does mean that the dating shows segment works better with her style than the wildlife one. To be honest, it’s kinda one of those comedian formats that leaves you wishing they were able to just do some stand-up, rather than having to bend it around this twisty shape.

Still, if you like Sarah Millican, you’ll enjoy The Sarah Millican Television Programme, for all the reasons I stated at the very start. And if you haven’t heard her radio series, Sarah Millican’s Support Group, it’s excellent, and I believe they’ve recently started selling it on CD and download.

The Sarah Millican Television Programme is on BBC2 at 10PM. More information on the BBC's official site.