Mr Eleven: Mr Average
ITV1 screens a new romantic comedy drama Mister Eleven this Friday. The two-parter stars Michelle Ryan, who’s back on our side of the pond after Bonic Woman got the axe Stateside. Her Bionic American accent just sounded so wrong (especially after seeing her as Zoe Slater on EastEnders!), so it’s a relief to see the British stiff upper lip back again! Sean Maguire also stars as the other romantic lead. The last time we saw him was in Krod Mandoon, which has also got axed – do we see a pattern forming here? Producers will be hoping this charming little Brit comedy fares better, considering it’s been lying on ITV shelves for over a year now.
Mister Eleven follows Saz (Michelle Ryan), a 28-year-old obsessed with numbers and mathematical formulae. Since research shows the average British woman will marry her 11th sexual partner, Saz is ecstatic when she heads down the aisle with her Number 11, Dan (Sean Maguire). Of course, that would be a happy ending after the first five minutes, and not much of a drama…so enter Adam Garcia who plays her Number Nine, Alex. But wait! Apparently they never slept together after all! Oh no! Saz’s torment unravels, as she discovers her whole formula thing has gone to pot and now she’s only gone and married her Number Ten. Whoops!
There are some interesting names in this. As well as the aforementioned, Preeya Kalidas once again plays a man-obsessed bimbo (think Mistresses and EastEnders). Typecast? I think so! And watch out for a fleeting but funny appearance from Dev Patel, of Slumdog Millionaire and Skins fame. Unfortunately, despite the promise of a great romantic union, Michelle and Sean aren’t really convincing as a couple. Sadly, they are most convincing when arguing but not when actually in love! In fact, the whole thing is a bit limp, as many typically-British rom-coms can be (bar Bridget Jones, of course). It also runs with a rather predictable plot, thus ending any further reason to be interested. If you like cheesy then you’ll definitely like this. If you don’t, however, then you may find it lacks a certain edginess. Don’t get me wrong, Mister Eleven is thoroughly watchable on a rainy night in, so watch it if you’re after some cheesy fluff but it’s not life-changing television by any means. Oh, the soundtrack is good though, so at least that gets the thumbs up!