COMEDY
22/09/2011 13:09 BST | Updated 22/11/2011 05:12 GMT

'Fresh Meat' Review

Fresh Meat (Channel 4) is just one episode old, but already it may be the most painful comedy about social awkwardness that our gulping, stammering land has yet produced. Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, its writers, have form: they created Peep Show, the squirmingly uncomfortable sitcom about two feckless flatmates. Here, though, they’ve outdone themselves.

The script is a torrent of prattling self-hatred. Half the sentences in it trail off unfinished, as the speaker belatedly realises his or her own foolishness; the rest of the time, the speaker fails to realise his or her own foolishness, which is even worse.