Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont’s domestic mockumentary returns for a second series, with fewer meta jokes but just as much fun
Meet the Richardsons (Dave) is back for a second series, with the amiable mockumentary once again offering an insight into the marriage of the comedians Lucy Beaumont and Jon Richardson, who live in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, with their three-year-old daughter, Elsie. Mostly, they talk to camera about what annoys them about each other, but there is a spot of storyline, too. It is all very charming. “We’ve got to start this series remembering where we left off,” says Lucy, to camera. “He’s a nobhead.”
The tone is set early on. It is an insight into their marriage in the same way that HBO/Sky One’s The Flight Attendant is a training manual for air stewards, which is to say that it is heightened, exaggerated and plays to the crowd. It makes for a zippy half-hour and – although it feels strange to say it is pleasurable, given the bickering – I happily cackled away for much of it. The idea of being so unnaturally familiar with your partner’s company that you start to wind them up for something to do feels relatable at this time. I can’t think why.