Recap: Chivalry on Channel 4
“It’s a bold comedy that satirizes post-#MeToo Hollywood gender politics,” said Carol Midgley The times. “Thin ice and eggshell are words that spring to mind.” Channel 4 sitcom chivalry enters this area, but it’s fairly safe.
Steve Coogan plays Cameron, a “slimy” film producer who is forced to work with “take-no-shit” director Bobby (Sarah Solemani) after she “detoxified” by parachute into one of his films. “She’s the feminist they brought in to stick the dinosaur’s tail in the mangle,” says one character of Bobby, which is a “pretty succinct summary of the situation.”
Written by Coogan and Solemani, the series has a “sly, understated sense of humor,” and it’s made even better by the presence of Sienna Miller, who is “fabulous” as the film’s lead. Chivalry is “very engaging,” Sean O’Grady said but be warned: it’s also graphic enough to border on the pornographic, and the dialogue is a mixture of “barracks swearing, pornographic directions, and the kind of intimate jargon you might encounter during a gynecological case briefing.” .
I don’t know if there are or should be limits to what can be seen and heard on TV – but “Chivalry has helped me to find my own limits as a viewer”. This language is “explicit”, said Anita Singh in The Daily Telegraph, but try not to let that put you off. Solemani and Coogan have achieved “what seemed impossible: a nuanced, intelligent approach to #MeToo that doesn’t skimp on jokes”.
https://www.theweek.co.uk/arts-life/culture/tv-radio/956575/chivalry-review-channel-4 Recap: Chivalry on Channel 4