Review: Rose Matafeo’s, Starstruck

avingagiraffe.com rating
3.6/5

In case, for some reason, you didn’t get around to watching the first series, a quick recap: Jessie (Rose Matafeo), is a free-spirited New Zealander living in London.

On a night out, she meets Tom (Nikesh Patel) in a bar. They hook up and the following morning she discovers that he is a well-known movie star, something that fascinates her friends more than it does her: yet, the couple have a magnetic attraction to each other.   They have an on-off infatuation. Jessie decides to go home to New Zealand at the same time as Tom has to go to Ireland for a film shoot. The series ends with them on a bus together going to Heathrow. (See review here)

This second series, written by Matafeo, Alice Snedden and Nic Sampson, and produced by Avalon, which launched last night, picks up where the first finished – with them on the bus on their way to the airport. Needless to say, they both miss their flights – intentionally.  

The usually impulsive, self-confident Jessie is apparently confused by her feelings for Tom and tries to keep a cushioned distance between them. She moves back in with her old housemate Kate (Emma Sidi). Tom, who despite his fame and fortune is surprisingly insecure, is summoned to Ireland by his demanding agent Cath (Minnie Driver).

So where do they go from here? Well, one thing of which you can be sure is that the rest of the series will loosely follow the same scenario as series one, with Jessie and Tom drawn together by a chemistry that leaves both of them unsatisfied. Jessie flounders in Tom’s showbusiness world and he in her’s. We’ll see what happens when a couple who could be compatible keep messing up.

You could binge the whole six-part series on iPlayer or, as Rose herself tweeted, “watch it at 10pm every Monday on BBC Three because it takes ages to make and there’s only six episodes so maybe take it slow baby”. Whatever you decide to do it is a superbly written and produced show with plenty of warm and funny moments.

Sorry Rose, I can’t wait, I’m going to have to binge the other five episodes right now.

Review Rose Matafeo’s Starstruck, Reviewer: J D 

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