Pete Versus Life

Series 2 - 3. The Tennis Player

Radio Times
Review by:
Jack Seale

Gary, this is a great lesson for any young sitcom writers out there. Watch how Bert Tyler-Moore and George Jeffrie set up two plot strands: rubbish sports writer Pete (Rafe Spall) gets a job in a chicken-processing factory; meanwhile, Pete sells an article to a tabloid, but it slags off a tennis player he ends up dating.

Look at the two independent stories moving on quickly – eyes on the ball at all times – before combining in the final scene. Lovely technique, great pace.

And see how the incompetent tennis player (Nathalie Cox) and Pete’s unstable editor (Brendan Patricks) become more exaggerated and more amusing as the episode goes on. Back of the net!

Spall’s the star player, though. Those little touches, like the high-pitched noise he makes in awkward moments? You can’t teach that. Champion.

About this programme

3/6. Sports journalist Pete Griffiths struggles to find work so he takes a job in a chicken-packing factory, but his prospects improve when a national newspaper accepts his article criticising Britain's seventh-best tennis player, Lottie Beaumont - whom he is currently dating. Comedy, guest starring Gok Wan, with Rafe Spall and Nathalie Cox.

Cast and crew

Cast

Pete Griffiths
Rafe Spall
Lottie
Nathalie Cox
Helene
Camilla Arfwedson
Jake
Daniel Ings
Manfred
David Fynn
Terry McIlroy
Ian Kirkby
Rob
Joseph Kloska
Policewoman
Lorraine Brunning
Josie
Lynn Farleigh
Anna
Pippa Duffy
Bridget
Rita Davies
Usher
Sophie Fletcher
Colin King
Simon Greenall
Himself
Gok Wan

Crew

Director
Becky Martin
Executive Producer
Ben Farrell
Executive Producer
Andrew Newman
Writer
Bert Tyler-Moore
Writer
George Jeffrie
Categories
Comedy

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