Six devilishly dark mock-documentaries written by and starring Julia Davis and Rob Brydon, the latter also appearing in the concurrent Marion And Geoff. This series, indeed, shared the same connection with Steve Coogan and Henry Normal, being made by their production house Baby Cow, and a similar vein of excruciating embarrassment was mined to no less devastating effect.
Each of the six separate playlets showcased a man-woman relationship, pinpointing toe-curling aspects of British life across the spectrum and behind the net curtains. Although the range of characters was as diverse as could be imagined, most if not all of them were chronically insensitive, tedious and even clinically depressed. Not exactly a recipe for laughter, to be sure, but laughs there certainly were, mostly derived from the staggering yet po-faced statements made by the subjects, comments so surreal that you wonder how ever-excellent Davis and Brydon were able to deliver them without cracking up.