I TALK Toast of London

Some of you will remember Toast Of London from the Funny Fortnight pilot of the same name back in August 2012.

The pilot, written by Matt Berry (The IT Crowd) saw him play Steven Toast, an eccentric middle-aged actor with a chequered past who spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on it. The pilot proved to be very successful, was very well-received by viewers and critics alike, and even made it in at number 31 on the Radio Times list of the Top 40 TV Shows of 2012 despite only being a pilot.

So Channel 4 would have been foolish not to offer Berry a full series. Luckily they chose not to be foolish, and commissioned a six-part series which began last night on Channel 4. If I had to sum up last night's episode in one word, it would have to be - hilarious.Matt Berry is one of the UK's more eccentric comedy actors so I can totally see why he wrote Toast Of London and more importantly why he handed himself the lead role. And too right too. I couldn't possibly think of anyone else who'd be able to play Steven Toast so well.

The first episode opens with Steven jumping into bed with Jemima Gina, played by Morgana Robinson (Very Important People).  Other than collecting beaks, she seems fairly normal. Oh and then there's the electronic for attempted murder of her ex-boyfriend. This is enough to put Toast off sleeping with her... for now. As she's never far behind. So yeah, when I said normal, I meant to say anything but.