Carrie & Barry
Carrie & Barry is an engaging sitcom that reunites Neil Morrissey with the team that made him a household name in the long-running hit Men Behaving Badly – Hartswood Films, writer Simon Nye and director Martin Dennis. Neil stars as part-time cabbie Barry with Claire Rushbrook (Linda Green, Family Business) as his beautician wife Carrie. Barry’s mate Kirk (Mark Williams, The Fast Show, Harry Potter) is always guaranteed to say the wrong thing, whilst Michelle (Michelle Gomez, Green Wing) is Carrie’s acid-tongued best friend and fellow beautician. Barry’s teenage daughter Sinead is played by Sarah Quintrell and her boyfriend Adrian, by Mathew Horne (The Catherine Tate Show).
Neil Morrissey, Claire Rushbrook, Mark Williams, Michelle Gomez, Sarah Quintrell, Mathew Horne
3rd September 2004
2 x 6 episodes
“Don’t worry if you weren’t impressed with the sleepy first run of Simon Nye’s domestic comedy. This second series has a much more confident vibe to it. Kicking off with an episode that sees taxi driver Barry (Neil Morrissey) caught for speeding and his missus Carrie (Clare Rushbrook) trying to trace her family tree, there are more laughs in the first 10 minutes than Ben Elton’s Blessed has so far managed in two episodes.
“Despite the gentle, cosy set-up, this is everything a good sitcom should be – sufficiently grounded to be recognisable, but never afraid to spiral into gleeful bouts of clever one-liners and nifty slapstick when the occasion demands it. There’s none of the desperation to force laughs that scuppers the likes of My Family, just a charming, laidback assurance that if the characters and dialogue are good enough, the chortles will come.
“And come they do. Barry taunting a hungover Carrie with gives about female binge drinking, Kirk (Mark Williams) explaining about his Gran’s holiday to Malmo (“She hasn’t seen that many blonde people since she flirted with the Hitler Youth in her twenties”), Michelle (Michelle Gomez) experimenting with fake breasts and a genius sequence with a sarcastic traffic cop are just the highlights of a mainstream comedy wasted in the limbo of Saturday night.” Evening Standard
“There are big changes afoot as this fun-filled study of married life and family foibles returns for a second series.” News of the World
“Quiet moments of genuine wit and nicely played one liners.” Time Out