Him & Her Series 2 Episode 1 Review

HIM & HER: Tuesday 1st November, BBC3, 10.30pm

We’ve all had one of those days at some point. The ones where you and your girlfriend strut around your flat for hours in nothing but your pants with absolutely no thought of venturing into the outside world. Well ok, maybe across to the overpriced Happy Shopper, but certainly not any further. And at any point that’s not really outside – it’s a weird imaginary bubble that would simply be an extension of your living room were it not for the agonisingly long 30 second walk in your dressing gown.

These days might be relaxing and even refreshing to a point, but you really aren’t going to pay your rent by playing FIFA in your boxers for weeks on end. Unless you’re David Beckham of course, who would no doubt have a roped queuing area outside his flat lined with girls clutching £5 notes were it not for his ability to actually play the game in real life.

And that’s the problem – real life. It stops us from living out our lives like lazy slobs on a daily basis. Not to mention the cabin fever that builds up as you start to feel like the guy out of Hitchcock’s Rear Window, peering through the blinds and believing all your neighbours are murderers…

…or is that just me?

However, it appears that two people can happily rock this lifestyle long term, as Steve and Becky return to our screens for a very welcome second series of Him and Her. Starring Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani, the comedy focuses on the lives of a doting couple who live together in a flat that they rarely leave if they don’t have to. Filmed exclusively in one location, the genius of Stefan Golaszewski’s writing is that whilst nothing really happens, what does occur is very watchable, and indeed at times extremely funny.

Yet what really separates Him and Her from other comedies is the intimacy seen between the characters and the resulting development of these relationships. We can genuinely relate to Becky and Steve, and to a certain extent the supporting characters too.

Another by-product of the small set is that at times the show comes across as painfully claustrophobic, the result being that viewers somehow feel part of awkward conversations and silences, and squirm as much as the characters on screen.

The second series moves on from where the first left off, but don’t let that stop you from watching – the show is more accessible than a Stannah Stairlift convention. There’s also plenty of new characters to get to know – from my count nearly one an episode in the opening stages of this series.

Fans will also no doubt be pleased to learn of the return of the couple’s upstairs neighbour Dan (played by Joe Wilkinson), who’s his usual weird and wacky self walking in and out of the flat, often unnoticed. And sorry to disappoint you ladies, but he actually has a girlfriend in this series. How’s that for a twist?