Wednesday, August 24, 2016


I probably shouldn't have enjoyed Channel 4's comedy "Wasted" - it was aimed squarely at twenty-somethings and heavily featured youth culture and drugs that I've never been interested in.

But when you have your very first scene accompanied by "The Touch" by Stan Bush, you're hitting an awfully specific reference. And after that I pretty much had to watch the rest. Plus, Sean Bean's cameos were great.

The show to which it is most comparable (and indeed a comparison that many reviewers made) was to "Spaced", the show that gave us Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Jessica Hynes. And there's some truth in that, especially with the many references to pop culture (typically "Game of Thrones" and "Lord of the Rings" rather than "Star Wars" and "The Matrix"). However, that's perhaps a little unfair - such a comparison unfortunately makes "Wasted" a less-good "Spaced"... but that's largely because "Spaced" had some of the funniest moments I've ever seen - with the end of the second-last episode in particular being genius.

So, anyway, that's that. I now await the inevitable news that it won't be returning for a second series.

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