Cuckoo (BBC 3) Season 1 Review “Connie Sings”

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This week’s Cuckoo, ‘Connie Sings’ marks a slight step down in quality from last week’s hilariously fast-paced shenanigans, but is still an entertaining slice of the Brit comedy that, refreshingly, doesn’t seem all too concerned with going anywhere specific.

This week’s action surrounds Ken and Lorna’s wedding anniversary dinner, but Lorna has forgotten and the couple end up enjoying a romantic meal for two with a whole host of friends and family around them. This involves friends Steve and Connie coming around, and their marital tensions end up invading the Thompson house in more ways than one. With Cuckoo prompting Connie to recall some of her childhood dreams, they all get to hear her questionable musical efforts for the rest of the episode.

We all know someone who thinks they have a better voice than they really do, and here the situation is played out as ridiculously as possible. With Connie moving into the house while having a spat with her husband, Cuckoo gets to release his ‘guru’ side on the new student, and the pair drive the rest of the family mad with constant practicing. This is actually the first week in which Rachel isn’t completely enamored with her husband, and I have to say I really enjoyed that uncharted side to their relationship.

She’s a well-educated, down to earth girl and wouldn’t agree with every single mad scheme he cooked up. This brief doubt that creeps in actually makes the relationship, and thus the show, seem more genuine, and I wish the writers had included the element before episode five. Likewise, we actually see Cuckoo struggling to adjust again in this episode, as he finds that people buying jacket potatoes aren’t quite as open to his spiritual teachings as he’d first hoped. I’m glad the van got a mention, anyway, as there’s so much comedic value in the idea that remains untapped.

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