Switch: Review: Series 1 Episode 5 (Spoiler-free)

Emotions are running high in Camden as the girls come to terms with various relationships…

Almost a bottle show – pretty much everything is filmed within the flat – this has some of the funniest moments in the series to date, as Jude finds someone to shag to take her mind off Gerry and Grace’s honeymoon period relationship. The trouble is, he isn’t quite what he appears to be – in many more ways than one. Nina Toussaint-White is given the chance to shine, and she grabs it with both hands, making the viewer understand the character far better than before.

Stella’s dating woes continue, as well as a change in her relationship with her boss, Janet. Hannah, meanwhile, also gets a job as a tutor, which leads to all sorts of complications for her, but which demonstrates the heart of this series: the importance of friendship.

It’s light escapist fun, as it has been all series: a little more depth to the characters is hinted at from time to time (Hannah and Jude on this occasion) but the show has shied away from delving too deeply. If it does get a pick up for a second year, then perhaps we’ll get a bit more insight.

Verdict: A pleasant, smile-inducing hour.  7/10

Paul Simpson

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