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Programme: According to Bex
AKA: "The World According to Bex" (production title)
"Everything I Know About Men" (early working title)
Broadcast: 2005 ( BBC1 )
Episodes: 8 (1 series)
Starring: Jessica Stevenson, Greg Wise, Raquel Cassidy, Zita Sattar, Oliver Chris, Clive Russell
Written by: Fred Barron, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Julia Barron, Katie Douglas, Danny Robins, Daniel Tetsell
Directed by: Dewi Humphries
Production: Rude Boy Productions More info

According To Bex stars Jessica Stevenson as Bex Atwell, a secretary who's stuck in an 'almost' world - almost in a relationship, almost in a good job, almost a size 10/12.

Bex is trying to figure out what a smart woman is supposed to do in a world where men behave like… men, but the more she discovers the more infuriating they become!

Bex's boss Charles doesn't acknowledge relationship boundaries; her on/off boyfriend Ryan is worried that she's "trying to corral his seed"; and her womanising father, Jack, has regressed into one of the lads.

With the help of her acerbic friend Chris and her subversive office mate Jan, Bex tries to work out what men are all about and why women even bother to try working them out in the first place.

BSG Review:

This promising sitcom turned out to be distinctly average - average jokes, average acting and average sets. There are a few funny moments but, more often than not, it is a bit dull and predictable and thinks it is much funnier than it actually is.

Jessica Stevenson tries hard but it isn't worth the effort. Her monologues to camera with the vox pops from 'the general public' inserted are quite an original idea but actually the most annoying thing about this 2005 sitcom.

News: Don't hold out hope for a second series - the viewing figures for the first left a lot to be desired and the BBC have indicated they're not commissioning another.

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