Spreadsheet centres around Lauren (Katherine Parkinson – Hang Ups) who begins the first episode with what her male colleague, Alex (Rowan Witt), later refers to as ‘alfresco dining’.
Our lead is constantly on dates… Well, as the billing states, she’s “a divorced, hectic mother-of-two who is looking for sex without commitment”, so, a f**kbuddy, then… and the title stems from the fact that she has these potential ‘dates’ set out on her own spreadsheet.
Along the way, she’s juggling looking after her children along with her career as a lawyer, she also has ‘no commitment’ on her dating profile, and is always sharking for new talent. And it doesn’t take a genius to work out that when she takes an intimate picture on her phone, what do you think the odds are of it getting out to the phones of people who definitely shouldn’t see it?
Plus, she’s criticised by another female colleague for not being young – which all leads to humour that’s not ‘laugh out loud’ funny, but gives me a giggle or three.
So, based on the first two episodes, this isn’t the most original of sitcoms, but it provides a few laughs. However, putting it up against Inside No.9 might be a misstep.
That said, this sitcom completely caught me by surprise, since I only saw a trailer a few days before it was due for release. But then I saw that after the first week (where two episodes are aired), from episode 3, it’s bumped an hour later. Perhaps that’s why it’s not been trailed very much, as it’s technically an import from Australia and there’s not too much faith in it being recommissioned? I’ve seen far worse sitcoms on TV, lately.
Spreadsheet begins on Channel 4 on Wednesday May 18th at 10.05pm, after which, the entire series will be on All 4.
The series is not yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD.
Series Directors: Darren Ashton, Sian Davies
Producer: Andrew Walker
Writers: Romina Accurso, Kala Ellis
Creators: Darren Ashton, Kala Ellis
Music: Haydn Walker
Lauren: Katherine Parkinson
Alex: Rowan Witt
Helena: Zahra Newman
Lola: Maila Latukefu
Abby: Harper Nichols
Jake: Robbie Magasiva
Slimon: Ryan Shelton
Ange: Katrina Milosevic
Matt: Stephen Curry
Nancy: Christie Whelan Browne
Carol: Kerry Armstrong
Roger: Richard Piper
Dallas: Keegan Joyce
Greg: Richard Davies
Mrs. Allan: Georgina Naidu
Nathan: Bernard Curry
Chase: Tim Kano
Charlie: Nick Russell
Andy: Charlie Mycroft
Jay: Luka Lea-Vestic
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