Threesome (TV series)

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Threesome
Genre Comedy
Created by Dan Zeff
Written byDan Zeff
Tom Edge
Directed byIan Fitzgibbon
Starring Jonathan Bailey
Blake Harrison
Marc Wooton
Opening theme1234 Feist
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes14 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Kenton Allen
Simon Curtis
Producer(s)John Rushton
Luke Alkin
Sam Ward
Editor(s) Paul Machliss
Running time25 minutes approx
Production company(s) Fudge Park Productions
Distributor BBC Worldwide
Release
Original network Comedy Central
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release17 October 2011 (2011-10-17) 
12 November 2012 (2012-11-12)
External links
Website

Threesome (stylised as threesome) is a British television sitcom written by Tom MacRae and starring Blake Harrison, Marc Wootton and Jonathan Bailey (actor). [1] The series is focused around three friends—Bernard (Harrison), Mitch (Wootton) and Richie(Bailey)—who return home from a night out celebrating Bernard’s birthday and end up having a threesome, which results in Sam Richie’s Girlfriend (Laura Aikman) Instead of getting an abortion, the three friends decide to raise the baby as a trio. [2] The series began airing on 17 October 2011 on Comedy Central and Comedy Central HD. It is the first original scripted comedy commissioned by Comedy Central and is produced by Big Talk Productions.

Contents

In February 2012, it was confirmed that Comedy Central had renewed the show for a second series. [3] Although this included the possibility of a 22-episode third series, [4] this did not happen. [5]

Premise

Threesome is a sitcom about three inseparable friends on the verge of turning 30. Alice (Amy Huberman) lives with her boyfriend Mitch (Stephen Wight) and their gay best friend Richie (Emun Elliott). Together they form three points of an unlikely triangle, living, laughing and larging it together. After a big birthday party for Alice, they end up having an unplanned threesome during which Alice becomes pregnant. After discovering that he is infertile, Mitch tells Richie that he is the baby's biological father. They then decide to ditch the party lifestyle, have the baby, and raise it together as a threesome.

Characters and cast

Main characters

Supporting roles

Episodes

Reception

The series has received a mostly positive critical reaction. Actor Russell Tovey praised the series. Catriona Wightman, writing for Digital Spy, also praised the series, coming to the conclusion that "it's really rather good indeed." [8] The British Comedy Guide said "after the double-bill opener, Threesome has made a fantastic start. The potentially quite unlikeable situation and characters have proved to be anything but, and some great set-piece lines and scenes really made us laugh out loud. We found it thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, and can't wait for the rest of the series." [9] Writing for The Daily Telegraph , Catherine Gee said "Threesome throws up some funny moments and there's plenty of good chemistry between its stars." [8] In a slightly more negative-mixed-positive review, Lucy Mangan, writing for The Guardian , said "the jokes are weak but when it's not trying to be funny, Threesome is very funny." [8] Writing a negative review, again for The Guardian, Martin Skegg said "presumably it's meant to be funny, but you'll be searching high and low for the jokes." [8] David Crawford writing for the RadioTimes gave a highly positive review, saying "starting from a preposterous premise, this rambunctious comedy manages to get hearty, and frequently filthy, laughs from its unlikely situation. The humour is suitably broad for the subject matter, but there are neat gags, and wonderful physical comedy." [8] Liam Murphy, writing for On the Box, gave a mixed review, saying "this is a sitcom with potential and as long as it avoids the trappings of most comedy pregnancies (see season 8 of Friends) then I might just watch the rest of the series!" [8]

In January 2013, the British Comedy Guide gave the show the Comedy.co.uk Editors' Award saying: "We congratulate production company Big Talk and Comedy Central for giving this unique series the chance to grow. It seems to have boosted the channel's confidence in ordering more original comedy". [10] [11]

DVD and Blu-ray release

On 17 October 2011, BBC Worldwide, released the series to download on the iTunes Store. Then as of 12 November 2012, series 1 became available to purchase on DVD-Video through 2 Entertain.

On 1 October 2012, series 2 became available to download through iTunes. A release date of series 2 on DVD has yet to be confirmed by 2 Entertain.

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