Rose Matafeo’s Starstruck is a beacon of light

That’s the Rose Matafeo, comedy, not the Starstruck which is a remake of Stars in Their Eyes which is yet to air. What the world doesn’t need now is yet another singing contest. The world does, however, need the acting brilliance of Matafeo and her writing skills along with those of Alice Snedden.

If you’ve seen New Zealander, Matafeo’s stand-up, you’ll recognise her easy going charm in the character of Jessie, a twenty something, sexually liberated millennial. Jessie leads a chaotic turbo charged life, yet manages to hold down two jobs and a lot of booze.

This is not a laugh out loud side splitting comedy. It is a gentle, funny romcom that will have you smiling from start to finish and generate a warm glow that leaves you wanting more. That’s not to say that there are no audible laughter moments, there are plenty but where they fall depends on your age and attitude to flirty, sexually liberated young women.  

Rose Matafeo stars in Starstruck with Nikesh PatelIt’s New Year’s Eve and after a heavy drinking session Jessie has a one night-stand with Tom (Nikesh Patel), who she discovers to be a famous actor. Surprisingly, much to her delight, he pursues her with genuine interest. Suddenly the first episode is over and you immediately hit play for another fix. There’s a joyful song and dance routine in the opening of episode two that sets the tone for the rest of the series and an all too brief appearance by Minnie Driver.

There the spoilers end. Discover the delight of this series for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. Showing on BBC Three and iplayer.

Well observed dialogue delivering some smart one-liners, a superb cast and a polished production adds up to a six-part show that will leave you wanting more. Starstruck is sure to be re-ordered for another series.

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