The woman once declared “Queen of Comedy” by the British public (see British Comedy Awards 2011) returns for a third series of her BBC stand-up series.
Once again, South Shield’s Sarah Millican examines a range of different TV genres in each episode, delivering her trademark popular comic turns, as well as interviewing expert guests in each of their respective areas.
For those who like their comedy on the somewhat smutty side, Sarah gives you what you want. The show does seem to get away with quite a lot of mucky material, but Sarah does make it very funny and seems to have the right personality to allow her to do such things. It’s no wonder that she’s so popular.
Much of this more blue humour occurs during her interviews. In the first interview of the series we discover that motoring journalist Quentin Wilson has had sex in the back of a car. In another episode she interviews Bargain Hunt’s Tim Wonnacott, which features a segment of the show talking about a unfortunately named antique piece.
The stand-up sections are great too. The best bits are the simple ideas, such as when talking about crime dramas she gives, “A list of ways you wouldn’t want to be found dead”, or in a section on children’s shows she lists the surprisingly disturbing titles to episodes of In The Night Garden.
To me The Sarah Millican Television Programme puts me in mind of a show such as Russell Howard’s Good News. Yes, they are not as serious as other similar comedies like Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe or Have I Got News for You, but they are jolly and fun. Sometimes that is all you need.
The Sarah Millican Television Programme begins on BBC Two at 9.30pm on 24th September. Extended repeats entitled The Sarah Millican Slightly Longer Television Programme go out on BBC Two at 9.30pm on Saturdays.