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Catastrophe  

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Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney are like a couple of frisky rabbits on a mountain who accidentally start an avalanche.

Their outrageously rude sitcom Catastrophe (C4) began with a one-night stand that swiftly turned into a mortgage, two small demanding monsters and total exhaustion. 

Their nights are sleepless for all the wrong reasons.

The outrageously rude sitcom Catastrophe (C4) began with a one-night stand that swiftly turned into a mortgage, two small demanding monsters and total exhaustion

Sharon and Rob stagger through life, perpetually concussed by the impact of having children.

Anyone with kids will recognise the emotions. Anyone yet to start will think: ‘I don’t care how loudly my biological clock ticks, please let me never, ever be mad enough to do that.’

Many of the gags are far too fruity to describe or reprint in a family newspaper, even though they are mostly about family life.

But the underlying themes are timeless and traditional, such as Rob’s self-pity when their little boy falls over and Sharon goes into maternal overdrive.

‘What if I cut open my eye?’ he bleats. ‘Best case scenario, you’d text me a shopping list while I’m in the emergency room.’

The stars, who are also the show’s writers, have added a layer of darkness to this third series. 

Anyone with kids will recognise the emotions. Anyone yet to start will think: ‘I don’t care how loudly my biological clock ticks, please let me never, ever be mad enough to do that’

Rob is drinking too much, though he doesn’t seem aware of it, and he is spying on his partner — reading her emails, checking her browser history, going through her receipts.

Sharon is tortured by guilt after a drunken snog (and a bit more) with the singer in a student band. 

She’s a terrible liar, though being a

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