Almost exactly two years ago, I was invited by this magazine to muse on what was then a wave of “sad-coms” or “dramedies”, those shows playing not quite for laughs but more for wry, sympathetic chuckles at the vicissitudes of life. The success of Detectorists, Back to Life, Don’t Forget the Driver, Ricky Gervais’s After Life, Mum and This Country served to prove that small-screen gags would, from now on, be accompanied by gulps in the throat.
Friends: The Reunion
The reunion will see Friends stars Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer return for a one-off special broadcast looking back at the iconic comedy series.
Hosted by James Corden, the cast will head back to Stage 42, the original soundstage in Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, to share anecdotes, play trivia games and take a trip down memory lane.
Celebrity super fans will make some guest appearances too, including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, Lady Gaga and Reece Witherspoon.