Series 4 of People Just Do Nothing continues with another terrific episode, where the tension between rival pirate radio stations Kurupt FM and Kold FM reaches a fever pitch – but fear not, as the comedy is never lost, striking a perfect balance between laughs and plot.
The confrontation between radio stations Kurupt and Kold is the most thrilling sequence in ‘Bosses’ – there’s some wonderful buildup, showing Grindah (Allan Mustafa) as a more fearful man than we’re used to, reprimanding Decoy (Daniel Sylvester Woolford) for revealing that he’s wearing a knife-proof vest. The chemistry between the Kurupt crew is at its best during this scene – for a large amount of this series so far, the key players of the radio station have been apart, so it’s nice to see them back together for such a great moment. The tension is somewhat pervaded by the goofiness that encapsulates the members of Kurupt FM – with Steves (Steve Stamp) struggling to say goodbye to their hostage, Kold FM’s dog, and Beats (Hugo Chegwin) bringing along his newborn daughter. All of this summarises why the show is so great – even in the more tense, potentially darker, moments, there’s brilliant instances of nuance and character originality that lighten the mood.
The revelation of Kold FM – the rival radio station giving Kurupt grief – is also a great moment, mostly due to their subtle similarities to Kurupt FM. From the overbearing, power-crazed nature of their leader to the goofiness of their Steve-esque member, Kold provide a wonderful parallel to the main cast of emcees, with really solid performances to anchor this. Considering the peaceful resolution to their candle-lit meeting, it’d be great to see Kold pop up again, either for another bout of tension or to team up with Kurupt FM to demonstrate the strength of pirate radio in Brentford.
Aside from the main plot, Chabbudy G (Asim Chaudhry) takes on a very interesting role this week, as a backroom worker for electrical store Sonoda. As expected, the mayor of Hounslow finds it hard to fit in, eagerly creeping to the shop floor to help customers, despite being relegated to the stock room. Asim Chaudhry once again gives a spellbinding performance, showing Chabuddy as we’ve rarely seen him – under the command of someone else. His interactions with his boss, Sam, is utterly hilarious: he tries to come across as independent, bragging about how nobody can control him, but when he’s reminded that his lunch break is over, he’s straight back to work – a more pandering, and potentially desperate side to Chabz than we’re used to, but a very exciting development nonetheless.
The last plot thread is Miche’s new role as her daughter Angel’s ‘homager’, guiding her through an audition for a school play, and hopefully to worldwide fame. Miche’s interruption of the school’s audition process, and the teacher’s clear disdain towards her, is the kind of humour that perfectly encapsulates Lily Brazier’s character – blindly oblivious to the real world, wrapped up in her own bubble, but totally brilliant to watch. Miche’s story in this episode also reintroduces some characters from previous series that we haven’t seen in a while, most notably Tiff Stevenson’s Tanya, Miche’s boss at the hair salon – a lovely piece of fan service.
People Just Do Nothing is experiencing a really strong fourth series, and ‘Bosses’ continues this, proving to be a gripping, plot-driven, but still hilarious, episode. The writers have created a truly legendary host of characters – it’s impossible to pick just one as a standout – and the humour has found its niche and audience perfectly. The show is going from strength to strength, and rightfully so – it’s the funniest show on television right now, and it’s only getting better.