Here's a quick review of tonight's Trollied I wrote for Orange.
I’m happy to say the opening double bill fared well, even if the comedy never reached a higher gear than “gentle” and a couple of gags got flogged to death.
With a quality ensemble cast, including Jane Horrocks (above) and Mark Addy (The Full Monty, Game of Thrones), it flitted at first from character to character a bit like a sketch show, before beginning to hint that there was a bit more going on beneath the surface.
For instance, throughout the first episode we saw butcher Kieran (Nick Blood) and checkout girl Katie (Chanel Cresswell) bickering and flirting away like a long-term couple, before learning at the end that he’s got a horrible waspish girlfriend and clearly doesn’t realise how deep Katie’s feelings for him really are - a bit Tim-and-Dawn, but very nicely handled.
And while interim manager Julie (Horrocks) started out as a prickly and ambitious jobsworth, we later got a sense of the desperation inside her, as she poured passive aggressive hostility upon the woman whose maternity leave she’s covering. Like a lot of the best sitcom characters, you can almost smell the sadness coming off her.
However, I think what pleased me more than anything else about Trollied was the fact it was a bit more respectful than most comedy depictions of people who do real jobs. It captured nicely the banter that gets you through a tedious work day, and had a bit of generosity and heart that made a very welcome addition.
Sky might not have had much of a reputation down the years for its original programming, but Trollied came as a very pleasant surprise and suggests that some of its other upcoming comedy series, like Mount Pleasant (starring Sally Lindsay) and Starlings (with Matt 'Super Hans' King), could be worth a look.
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