Daily Star’s Big Stream – the biggest shows on the box from Hapless to The Bay

HAPLESS (My5)

★★★★

TRUST me on this, if they’re dishing out awards for politically correct sitcoms, Hapless won’t be making the shortlist. It clearly doesn’t give two hoots for that kind of thing.

That’s not to say it sets out to offend, or to drag us back to comedy’s Dark Ages. Nothing of the sort. It just sets out to be laugh-out-loud funny. If it happens to stray now and then into sensitive territory, well, hey, that’s comedy for you.

The only person it properly ridicules is its own key character, Paul (Tim Downie), a reporter for The Jewish Enquirer (“the UK’s fourth biggest Jewish publication”).

Each episode (there are six) finds him stumbling into some everyday calamity or laughably trivial dispute, the situation then spiralling out of control. Paul finds himself falling out with pretty much everyone, from his nephew’s teacher to an apparently anti-Semitic vegan. They’re the sort of set-ups adored by fans of Seinfeld or Curb Your Enthusiasm.

And they work superbly here, helped by a great supporting cast (Lucy Montgomery as Paul’s potty-mouthed sister, Geoffrey McGivern as his dad, and Josh Howie as his angsty best mate).

Hapless has so far been available only to Amazon Prime subscribers. By launching today on My5, it’s finally free for everyone to enjoy. Other then maybe the PC police. ——

OTHER REVIEWS: GINNY AND GEORGIA (15) (Netflix)

★★★

Georgia Miller (Brianne Howey) is 30 years old. At times it’s hard to tell. She’s the bohemian, free-spirited mum who’s never really grown up. Deep down, she’s quite a mess.

Her daughter Ginny (Antonia Gentry) is half that age. She’s the sensible, studious one, to be point of being really kind of dull.

That’s the set-up we have with Netflix’s new 10-part comedy-drama, as Georgia promises Ginny (and nine-year-old son Austin) a settled life at last. Georgia’s latest husband has died from a sudden heart attack, so they’ve upped sticks and moved to a pretty looking town in New England.

Finally, things are going to be stable, right? Yeah, right…

THE BAY: SERIES TWO (15) (Digital and DVD from today)

★★★★

As we return to this Morecambe-set ITV crime drama, DS Lisa Armstrong is no longer DS Lisa Armstrong. Morven Christie’s character has blotted her copybook, earning herself a demotion.

Still, plenty of time to fix that, as she finds herself at the heart of brand new murder hunt.

Stephen Tompkinson has made a blink-and-you’ll-miss-him appearance as a local businessman, gunned down on his doorstep, and Lisa’s boss (Daniel Ryan) knows her skills as Family Liaison Officer will be invaluable. She just has to play second fiddle now to her former sidekick Med (Taheen Modak).

A box set of series one and two is also available. ——

BIG STREAM CLASSIC: ’ALLO ’ALLO (BritBox)

★★★★

Set in wartime France during the German occupation, BBC One sitcom ’Allo ’Allo starred Gordon Kaye as René Artois, café owner and somewhat reluctant French Resistance member.

Dreamed up by Dad’s Army writer David Croft and Are You Being Served’s Jeremy Lloyd, it ran for nine hugely successful series, from 1984 to 1992. All 85 episodes are now available to BritBox subscribers.

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