I TALK Hello Ladies

He's not Ricky Gervais and he's not the "round-headed buffoon" who hangs around with Ricky, he's Stephen Merchant. The tall one from ExtrasAn Idiot Abroad and Life's Too Short.

Well, he's going it alone, without the help of Kark Pilkington or Ricky Gervais, or even Warwick Davis for that matter, in his brand new comedy for HBO Hello Ladies which is being shown on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

Loosely-based on Stephen's sell-out tour of the same name, Hello Ladies follows Stuart, an Englishman trying to find the love of his life in LA. Will he find her? Well, that would be telling, but...

One of the opening lines of the series, comes from Stuart, who when talking to girls and after his mate Wade (not Wayne) drops the A-word (abortion). He says to the girls, "No need to bring up abortion. Until we need to anyway", so I think it's safe to say that whilst he might be saying "Hello ladies" a lot, not many ladies (if any) will actually take any interest in him.

And things don't get much better for Stuart. When he finds out that one of the girls is from Seattle he kills the mood further by announcing Seattle as the suicide capital of America - never a good chat up line.