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Started by rustygstring on Aug 25, 2016 8:38:09 PM

Just binge-watched the entire series on the iPlayer. Superb writing and acting by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Did anyone else watch?

WignersFriend - 25 Aug 2016 20:39:36 (#1 of 239)

I watched the first episode. Thought it was clever and sharp but lacked charm. Might watch more, not sure.

rustygstring - 25 Aug 2016 20:48:05 (#2 of 239)

It's definitely worth the effort in my opinion. I haven't enjoyed a series this much since Detectorists. Dark, dark, bitter-sweet comedy.

Verdigris - 25 Aug 2016 21:03:44 (#3 of 239)

I save it as my Friday night treat to accompany a bottle of Prosecco. Bliss.

darkhorse - 25 Aug 2016 21:17:53 (#4 of 239)

No spoilers please, our household is a couple of episodes behind (up to the retreat episode).

rustygstring - 25 Aug 2016 21:24:24 (#5 of 239)

I'm glad people are watching. I would hate to think something this good could just slip under the radar by being only available online.

upgoerfive - 25 Aug 2016 21:24:33 (#6 of 239)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

I was just thinking, when I was a young'n, a double-barrelled name was the sure sign of the Country Estate. Nowadays it seems to more often be a signifier of the Council Estate.

Who said we're not becoming more equal.

Verdigris - 25 Aug 2016 21:25:49 (#7 of 239)

No spoilers please, our household is a couple of episodes behind

Alternatively you could just refrain from reading the thread until you've caught up. That's what reasonable people do.

rustygstring - 25 Aug 2016 21:28:28 (#8 of 239)

The retreat episode was one of my favourites. A beautifully touching monologue from Hugh Dennis.

WignersFriend - 25 Aug 2016 21:47:30 (#9 of 239)

I am watching episode 2. It's definitely growing on me.

carterbrandon - 25 Aug 2016 21:49:27 (#10 of 239)

Anyone see her series about property guardians a couple of months ago?

Snarlygog - 25 Aug 2016 21:55:49 (#11 of 239)

#6 no brothers as well.

darkhorse - 26 Aug 2016 09:03:26 (#12 of 239)

I consider myself told, Verdigris!

shuts eyes.

FrankieTeardrop - 26 Aug 2016 09:39:25 (#13 of 239)

"Thought it was clever and sharp but lacked charm."

I saw the first episode, thought it utterly charmless, like a string of bitchy Facebook posts from someone rather unpleasant.

Prefer People Just Do Nothing - that has charm.

rustygstring - 26 Aug 2016 10:48:23 (#14 of 239)

utterly charmless, like a string of bitchy Facebook posts from someone rather unpleasant.

Yes, she's all that, and that is kind of the point, but somehow I liked her from the start. Each subsequent episode heaps more indignity on her character and reveals more of her pain and self-loathing. Is she utterly beyond redemption? Will I ever want to be friends with Olivia Colman again?

"People make mistakes, that's why they put rubbers on the end of pencils."

BlankChank - 26 Aug 2016 15:32:53 (#15 of 239)

I think I may have caught five minutes of this: some woman monologuing to camera about anal sex? No problem with the subject matter, but the treatment was mystifyingly unfunny.

solomongursky - 28 Aug 2016 22:23:55 (#16 of 239)

"I never masturbate! I don't know how!"

FrankieTeardrop - 01 Sep 2016 09:28:36 (#17 of 239)

That's the one, Chank. Seemed to be relying on shock value rather than humour. Contrast with People Just Do Nothing where the characters are charming, despite being rather deluded and full of themselves.

rustygstring - 01 Sep 2016 13:26:26 (#18 of 239)

The series has been picked up by Amazon Prime. It will be interesting to see how it fares with an American audience.

“Rarely does talent as special as Phoebe Waller-Bridge appear,” said Joe Lewis, Amazon’s head of half hour series. “From writing to acting, Fleabag is as compelling as Phoebe’s talents are undeniable. We’re excited to let customers laugh, cry and occasionally watch things get real awkward.”

solomongursky - 01 Sep 2016 13:28:56 (#19 of 239)

She's astonishing. Completely authentic and real. I don't think she's that angry, I dunno if they even needed the back-story. Felt tacked-on. Nothing about her behaviour needed excusing, much.

FrankieTeardrop - 01 Sep 2016 13:29:55 (#20 of 239)

The only awkward part was that my partner and I had a friend round, who recommended we watch it, and the three of us were sat there in stony silence, we both felt bad for our friend.

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