High Anxiety

Series 1 - Episode 1 High Anxiety

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Review

Rebecca Front is almost unrecognisable as blonde health club manageress and “Leighton Buzzard’s slimmer of the decade” Alison Crabbe. Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders’ Ev) plays an affronted punter, Bergita (sounds like “big eater”), while Tim Healy is a well-endowed handyman barely contained by his shorts. And the ever-arch Frances Barber pops up as... well, her role isn’t clear in this first episode; maybe next week.

So, a promising ensemble for a sitcom that reads like a retread of The Brittas Empire, is a tad short on laughs and perhaps needed more sessions on a cross trainer before public exposure. Still, The Spa is the brainchild of Derren Litten, creator of the heroically bawdy Benidorm, which I won’t hear a word against, so it could well take off in coming weeks. And this time, Litten has put himself in the frame as an aerobics instructor in a wheelchair.

Summary

Comedy set in a health club that boasts it can cure anyone - a claim that couldn't be further from the truth. Written by and starring Derren Litten, with Rebecca Front, Niky Wardley and Tim Healy. In the first episode, suicidal cleaner Rose goes to great lengths to get noticed, while receptionist Sally suffers the consequences of upsetting fussy regular Begita Wylde (Cheryl Fergison, formerly Heather in EastEnders).
Comedy