Catastrophe

Series 1 - Episode 1

Radio Times
Review by:
Ben Dowell

Sharon Horgan’s young Irishwoman meets a handsome American stranger (co-writer Rob Delaney) in a bar and embarks on a wild affair that they both know will end when he heads back to the US. Problem is, she then falls pregnant and they decide to stay together and keep the child.

It’s a premise that isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds. She obviously needs the support, while he is adamant that his kid will have what he didn’t – a dad who sticks around.

It’s grown-up, rude, the sex scenes are hilarious and the two leads have a genuine rapport in a comedy that has you rooting for this odd couple all the way through, whether it is meeting her ghastly friends or coping with the medical scares that accompany her pregnancy. There are verve, panache and real things at stake here.

About this programme

1/6. Comedy, written by and starring Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan. An American man and an Irish woman fall in love with each other in London while navigating the choppy waters of their increasingly complicated lives. Scorching chemistry, instant pregnancy and genuine disaster provide the foundation for a relationship full of ups and downs. Ashley Jensen and Mark Bonnar co-star.

Cast and crew

Cast

Rob
Rob Delaney
Sharon
Sharon Horgan
Fran
Ashley Jensen
Chris
Mark Bonnar
Blaire
Elena Saurel
Doctor
Sophie Fletcher
Child on bike
Ki'juan Whitton
Child
Samantha Ledda
Child
Reece Pockney
Child
Robyn McKinson
Child
Demetri Theodoru
Child
Joshua Jackson
Child
Simiran Lall
Child
Alex Cox
Child
Maya Roberts
Child
Bethany Buckley

Crew

Director
Ben Taylor
Executive Producer
Jon Thoday
Executive Producer
Richard Allen-Turner
Executive Producer
Kara Baker
Executive Producer
Sharon Horgan
Executive Producer
Rob Delaney
Producer
Jack Bayles
Writer
Rob Delaney
Writer
Sharon Horgan
Categories
Comedy