Comedy fans deprived of laughs over this summer may just have something to smile about: because tonight is Super Wednesday on Sky Atlantic.
Traditionally the dog days of July and August are laugh-free zones as comedy bosses hold back their best material for the autumn when temperatures plummet and more people decide to spend a night in front of the box rather than basking in the dying rays outdoors. The same applies to the best TV dramas which are usually reserved for post-summer premieres.
But Sky Atlantic has thrown such orthodoxies to the wind – for tonight at least – with a triple whammy of comedy gold.
First up is new comedy Silicon Valley at 9pm, a brilliant and unsparing dissection of the fads and foibles of California’s start-up geeks that is also rip-roaringly funny.
After that there is the return of Armano Iannucci’s Veep at 9:35pm, which sees Vice President Selina Meyer, played by Julia-Louis Dreyfus, running for President in what will unquestionably be an error-strewn campaign.