Meet the Richardsons, review: if this is modern TV comedy, bring on the repeats

When it comes to TV comedy, I love a repeat. In theory, jokes should be less funny when you’ve heard them 20 times before, and sitcoms should provide fewer laughs when you can see the punchline from a mile away. And yet, while I relish a new drama or documentary, for comedy I crave the familiarity of Peep Show and I’m Alan Partridge and The Inbetweeners.

I adore re-watching The Office and The Royle Family and Blackadder. Nothing is as perfect as Del Boy falling through the bar. And, unfashionable as it may be, I could happily watch re-runs of Friends until the end of my days.

I say all this by way of an apology to Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont, stars of Meet the Richardsons (Dave). Lots of people love this show – the first series was Dave’s highest-rated launch in five years, drawing more than a million viewers per episode. So it’s probably good, and they’re probably funny. But they are performers about whom I know absolutely nothing, stuck as I am in my comedy rut, and becoming acquainted with them for the first time here, the beginning of series two, left me feeling as if everyone was in on the joke but me.

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