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Frank of Ireland review – the Gleeson brothers wreak man-baby havoc

Brian and Domhnall Gleeson star as a washed-up narcissist and his put-upon sidekick in a new comedy which has the air of a wasted opportunity

Even allowing for the fact that there have been markedly better times than now to launch a sitcom about selfish, incompetent, narcissistic man-babies whose imbecilic actions take a toll on those around them, I suspect Frank of Ireland (Channel 4) would always have been a hit-and-miss affair.

The premise is not innovative. The main character, Frank (Brian Gleeson, Brendan Gleeson’s son), still lives with his mother at the age of 33. He sees this as the cross he has to bear, rather than a cushy berth for a dollop of a man suffering (or rather not suffering at all) from a severe case of arrested development. His mother, Mary (Pom Boyd), is a Tinder-using pill-popper who is unfazed by her son’s inadequacies and by the sight, on various mornings, of the women who end up sleeping with him.

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