The Delivery Man is brought to us by the writers (Robert Harley, James Henry, Tom Newton) and director (Victoria Pile) of Green Wing and Smack the Pony.
The star of the show is Matthew (Darren Boyd – The World’s End, Spy), an ex-policeman who has decided to give up a life of crime fighting in favour of something more rewarding, midwifery. We join him as he starts in his new job at East Hill Park Hospital, joining a rather sceptical all female team on the maternity ward.
Naturally at first the other midwives are very suspicious of him, as none of them have worked with a male midwife before and he has his work cut out trying to prove himself as one of the team, especially with the terrifying Pat (Llewella Gideon – Paddington, Black Sea), who has her own unique and slightly disturbing methods.
He also finds himself relentlessly pursued by his boss Caitlin (Fay Ripley – Monday Monday, Cold Feet), who is recently divorced, as she takes great pleasure in telling everyone, and who has taken a somewhat hysterical shine to Matt. He, on the other hand, only has eyes for the lovely Lisa (Aisling Bea – Trollied) who unfortunately has a psychotic boyfriend, Ryan (Joe da Costa – Barely Legal) and so is rather out of bounds.
His attempts to gain credibility are not at all helped by his fellow cop and flat mate Ian (Paddy McGuinness – Phoenix Nights, Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere), who is pretty useless but gleefully ignorant and ends up suspended from the police force and working as a security guard at the hospital.
Add to the mix Tash (Jennie Jacques – Truth or Die, Shank), a dizzy midwife who doesn’t have two brain cells to rub together and Mr. Luke Edward (Alex McQueen – I Give it a Year, The Inbetweeners), their sarcastic and more than a little bit creepy boss, and you have a recipe for all manner of mishaps and lots and lots of fun and that’s exactly what you get.
From babies in cupboards to pregnant convicts, there are plenty of trials for the team and all of them are laugh out loud funny. The Delivery Man had me in stitches all the way through and I would thoroughly recommend it.
“Left to you he would still be up there, hands wrapped around his mother’s lungs, saying I’m not coming out today ‘cos there’s a lady boy waiting to play me Michael Buble and rub me in Patchouli Oil.”
The Delivery Man is available to buy on DVD from 20th July 2015.