Since that fateful first series, the show has gone on to win Sony awards, Writers Guild nominations, and a Nobel Prize for Chemistry with lines like "Kids should never be fashion slaves, especially in the Far East. My 12-year old daughter asked me for a new pair of trainers. I told her she was old enough to go out and make her own."
This is the Complete Seventh Series, and contains four episodes: 'How to Feel', 'How to Die', 'How to Believe', 'How to Look'. The co-stars are Miranda Richardson (Black Adder), Pauline McLynn (Father Ted), Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey), and Juliet Stevenson.
Jeremy Hardy has a terrific comic mind, but he has lost his self-discipline on this series. Like many comics, he doesn't understand anyone not atheist or at the far left of the political spectrum. That is usually fine--lovers of comedy have to have thick skins, after all, and the best comics try to be evenhanded despite their personal views--but Jeremy has moved into a kind of audience contempt with this outting. On the other hand, when he is funny, he is very funny indeed, and his supporting players, including Miranda Richardson and Alison Steadman, have wonderful and witty timing. In all, I'll continue to try all Jeremy's new series, but his bitter tone is beginning to cloud my enjoyment of his material. Here's hoping he gets some perspective and tolerance in his next series.