tv review: You, Me and the Apocalypse

apocalypse2Sky’s latest British comedy series, the highly anticipated ‘You, Me and the Apocalypse’, began last week. Set in the present day, the series follows a group of strangers from all over the world who somehow end up together in an underground bunker in Slough, waiting to watch the end of the world on TV. Having caught a very brief glimpse of these disheveled and unhinged looking characters, among which are a bank manager from London, a misunderstood convict from New Mexico and a nun from Italy, we are taken back to 34 days in the past. It is announced that an asteroid is headed to Earth and that humanity has little more than a month before it is rendered extinct. Unfortunately, the first installment failed to live up to the level of hilarity that had been promised in the trailers, as it took a whole episode to introduce the various characters, without even the slightest inkling as to how their paths will cross later on. That isn’t to say that the programme doesn’t show promise of becoming very funny; with humorous plot details beginning to take shape and well-established comedic actors such as Mathew Baynton and Jenna Fischer holding main roles, we can expect great things in the episodes to come.

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