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Give Out Girls

Comedy Central - 9.30pm

Who's in it?

Diana Vickers may have been one of the PR girls handing out shots of horrid orange-flavoured booze, and Russell Howard's sister Kerry may have been the luckless protagonist, but Tracy-Ann Oberman stole the show as their brazen boss in this new comedy.

In a nutshell

Mocking put downs, slapstick shenanigans, misunderstandings over facial moles and two separate accusations of sexual harrassment – that was first episode of Give Out Girls in a nutshell, but was it any good? That's a hard one, because parts worked really well. Mainly the parts with Tracy-Ann Oberman, the no-nonsense PR boss prone to bluntly reading out her boyfriend's sex texts. And boasting about how much she enjoyed being groped by many male colleagues. And generally being a deliriously offensive, unthinkingly un-PC creation of comic genius.

What let the episode down was the frankly bizarre script. It veered from recognisable, real-world, Peep Show-like awkwardness, to crashingly unlikely moments that defied our sense of reality – like when one of the blokes suddenly started asking another guy about his sex life, out of nowhere, before abruptly accusing a woman of sexually interfering with him. These bits made so little sense, even for a silly sitcom, that they unbalanced the whole episode. Maybe a few shots of that orange drink would have helped?

What's the verdict?

It had its ups and downs, but Give Out Girls kept the chortles coming and had a handful of guffawsome one-liners. And you know what – that's better than most sitcoms can manage straight out of the gate. Consider us sold, PR girls!

Star rating: 3/5

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