I don't know. A full hour into a comedy called Spy and it's milked almost no laughs from the idea of a naïve dad being trained by MI5. I'm not expecting Spooks-style action from a show like this, but retrieving a red bag? Are you serious? That's not funny because it's so unexciting, it's just unexciting. About the only sign of life is when Tim's boss The Examiner (Robert Lindsay) throws a ninja star, and then you wonder what kind of universe we're in where British intelligence use ninja stars.
I guess my problem with Spy is that I can see a far better show being made from the idea behind it. A commenter last week astutely observed that this show is basically a remake of 1990 ITV series The Piglet Files, with Nicholas Lyndhurst as a spy keeping his career a secret from his wife. I never thought I'd say this, but why can't it be as funny? If it's going to be silly, go full-blown silly. If it's going to be more of a domestic comedy about a dad trying to impress his son and keep custody from his ex-wife, why bother with the spy angle at all?
written by Simeon Goulden / directed by Ben Taylor / 21 October 2011 / Sky1