Still Up – The DVDfever Review – Apple TV+ – Antonia Thomas, Craig Roberts

Still Up Still Up centres around a man and a woman who regularly chat on the phone, even though we’re not told how their friendship came about, but we do know that they both suffer from insomnia, and seem to have an awful lot of time to have in-depth, introspective conversations.

In the first episode, Lisa (Antonia ThomasSuspect) heads to the late night pharmacy in her pyjamas and slippers (ewww… doesn’t take long to put some clothes on!), while agrophobic Danny (Craig RobertsSubmarine) has told his neighbours he’s gone to Disneyland, even though he’s sat at home with the lights off, and crawling around the floor to avoid being seen.

Along the way in the opener, Lisa’s trying to buy something for her dtr’s chicken pox, whilst also having time to set up a dating profile for Danny, while waiting to be served. There’s also talk of £20 in the first episode, but only a £5 note is shown. Doesn’t the director know the difference?

In episode 2, Lisa is watching a video on her phone, but with the phone upright, so the 16:9 video is just in a tiny sliver across the middle of the screen. Why?! And, mostly taking place on a bus, it reaches similar heights of ridiculousness to the first one.

So far with these two, there’s a bit of cringe comedy involving a pizza delivery man and a case of mistaken identity, along with basic preposterous situations, but… two eps is enough. I don’t need to see any more.

Still Up is on Apple TV+ from today, but isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD. Initially, three episodes are available, and additional episodes will stream weekly.

Check out the trailer below:

Still Up – Official Trailer – Apple TV+

Detailed specs:

Running time: 25-30 mins per episode for most episodes
Release date: September 22nd 2023 (first 3 episodes, then weekly)
Studio: Apple TV+
Format: 2.00:1

Director: John Addis
Producer: Arabella McGuigan
Creators: Steven Burge, Natalie Walter
Writers: Steven Burge, Bryce Hart, Natalie Walter
Music: Joel Cadbury

Lisa: Antonia Thomas
Danny: Craig Roberts
Veggie: Blake Harrison
Cat Man: Rich Fulcher
Adam: Luke Fetherston
Poppy: Bronte Smith
Tyler: Albert Magashi
Amy: Lois Chimimba
NIkki: Cathy Murphy
Alonzo: Enzo Squillino Jr
Carl, the pizza guy: David Alade
Anne Cooper: Jacqueline Boatswain
Angela: Jo Martin
Kate: Alice Bailey Johnson
Bus Driver: Ameer Choudrie