Available on Netflix
I imagine the Venn diagram of:
- Set A: People who watch lots of TV and then write reviews of it on blogs
- Set B: People who go out clubbing every night and/or DJ in Ibiza
Is two separate circles (ie A∩B=∅).
Indeed, I imagine that if we added another set to that list – Set C: people who use Venn diagrams – A∩C is going to be me. And just me.
So although I have actually been to Ibiza – very lovely monasteries and churches, and the views on Formentera are lovely…
…my ability to judge the reality of Netflix’s new comedy original, Turn Up Charlie, in which Idris Elbra plays a former hit DJ who’s now down on his luck and forced to play weddings for his mates, is severely limited. That said, there’s a real verisimilitude to both it and its take on London and British life that’s quite arresting.
The turning point for Elba is the return to London of his former best mate at school now Hollywood actor JJ Feild (Turn), who wants to spend more time with his tween daughter (Frankie Hervey); Feild’s American DJ ‘wife’ Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs, Notorious, Coyote Ugly, The Prestige) wants to do the same, too. However, both are nevertheless super, super busy right now and one day, Elba’s left to look after the precocious Hervey after she causes yet another of her nannies to walk out.
Guess who gets a new job looking after Hervey.