Saxondale (Quick TV Review)
Steve Coogan (The Trip) is outstanding in Saxondale, a fantastic British comedy about a former roadie living the quiet life in suburbia – even if the character isn’t quite aware that his pest control day job and townhouse are a fairly moderate pace of life and at odds with his view of the world. I wouldn’t say it’s about nothing in the same way as Seinfeld was, but it’s very steam of consciousness and in a bit of a similar style, if more structured, but it still has those same locations in every episode, like in Seinfeld.
List of locations in just about every episode of Seinfeld:
the coffee shop
List of locations in just about every episode of Saxondale:
These day in the life shows are more about reactions to the world, so keeping them grounded in locations the audience recognizes helps with the flow – Saxondale is just a bit more organized than Seinfeld in their respect.
It also features Ruth Jones (co-writer and co-star from Gavin and Stacey) as Tommy Saxondale’s wife, who is the owner of a Hot Topic/Spencer’s Gifts-esque store called Smash the System, which seems to primarily sell t-shirts with in your face slogans. The show has a great pace and lots of fun characters – not to mention outstanding musical cues.It’s available on Netflix Instant and we highly recommend it.