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Nathan Barley Review

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The first series of Britain's most interesting new comedy.

★★★★

Chris Morris' first venture into sitcom baffled his fans, but Nathan Barley emerges over time as a deceptively rich, if stupid, piece of work. Though titled after a twattishly hip website designer (Nicholas Burns), the series is centred on writer Dan Ashcroft (Julian Barratt), a bemused style-magazine writer who realises the world is being taken over by idiots. Rooted in such ’70s classics as The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin, it’s rich in bathos and childishly hilarious moments, such as Barley’s variant on the scissors, paper, stone game that ends with the jubilant claim, “My bumhole just farted up your muff.” Encore, sir.