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Idris Elba as Turn Up Charlie 

Review of "Turn Up Charlie" 3/17/18 by Suzanne
airs now on Netflix

Although I enjoyed the first episode of this show, the premise seems like something George Costanza would come up with. "Hey, Jerry, how about this: I'm a successful actor with a beautiful wife and kid, and you're the loser I knew in high school that I hire to be a manny!"  This type of show is what we used to call "high concept," where the show had some kind of gimmick that set it apart from other sitcoms (and also made it not-very-realistic). 

However, once you get past the silly setup and some of the quirky characters, the show is grounded in reality, for the most part. The characters - especially Idris Elba's Charlie - have warmth and charm.  They seem like real people who were friends back in high school.  The little girl, Gabrielle (Frankie Hervie), seems like one of those kids that is just too grown-up for her own good... like Danny Partridge or Olivia Huxtable.  The actress does a great job, though, of not only saying the precocious dialogue but showing her own pain at her parents' neglect.

Elba's Charlie is a middle-aged guy who had one hit and hoped to become a pop star, but instead he's now a DJ that lives with his annoying aunt; also, his goofy cousin hangs out too much. His girlfriend broke up with him, but he hasn't given up on her, or on his dreams of once again making it big.  He hopes that his old friend, David (JJ Feild), who's become a famous actor and married a famous singer, Sara (Piper Perabo) can help him out.  Instead, he becomes their manny after spending a day watching their daughter when the parents are too busy and they lose their previous nanny.

Charlie is very reluctant to take a non-musical job from his friend, and he doesn't know anything about taking care of a child, but he and Gabrielle have a connection, and he needs the money. It appears that he hopes to turn it into a music career, too.

Even though this should be a much better show, I'm going to keep watching it to see if it improves. Netflix has already ordered a second season, so they must be doing something right.


April 18, 2018 - Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, announced today, all new original comedy series, Turn Up Charlie, created, in the UK, by Idris Elba (who stars and executive produces) and television producer Gary Reich.

Idris Elba is Charlie, a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who’s given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend's problem-child daughter.

Episodes: Eight, ½ hour episodes

Executive Producers: Idris Elba; Gary Reich; Tristram Shapeero

Co-Executive Producers: Martin Joyce, Ana Garanito

Supervising Producer/Writer: Georgia Lester

Writers: Laura Neal, Femi Oyeniran, Victoria Asare-Archer

Directors: Tristram Shapeero, Matt Lipsey

Producer: Gill Isles

Production Companies: Co-produced by Brown Eyed Boy Productions and Green Door Pictures

Production begins this May in the U.K.

About Idris Elba:

A passionate and dynamic performer, and clearly - man of many talents - Idris Elba perfected his skills on the wheels of steel long before finding fame on the big screen. But from spinning surprise sets in East London clubs, his career as a DJ has, much like his acting path, skyrocketed the Londoner to stardom. Enjoying a stellar year in 2017, with sets at the likes of Snowbombing, Glastonbury, Creamfields, and Elrow London; where he shared a stage with heavyweights MK & Hot Since 82, Idris further enhanced his growing reputation with performances at LA Sound with Skream, and New York’s legendary Output venue, with Seth Troxler. An ever-popular figure across the Balearic island, Idris was a resident at Hi Ibiza across the summer season, performing with the Mambo Brothers, and even finding time in his hectic schedule to rock the decks of Pacha with Bob Sinclar. A talented producer, as well as remixer, the British DJ’s mix of ‘Circles’ (released on his own 7Wallace label), was met with acclaim across the industry, and precedes the upcoming Brett Gould EP on 7Wallace. Kickstarting 2018 in a similar vein of form, Idris performed at legendary producer Shy FX’s ‘Cul.ture’ residency, having previously remixed Shy’s ‘Chocolate’ under his Driis moniker; with the record rapidly climbing the ranks as one of 2017’s most heavily supported tracks thanks to his two dynamic interpretations of the original in the form of the Driis 7 Wallace Mix, and the Driis Sugar Zaddy Mix. Taking his talents across the globe in 2018, Idris continues to cement his reputation as one of dance music’s most in-demand names, with sets already scheduled at the likes of Bristol’s esteemed Motion venue, Forbidden Fruit in Dublin, SW4, and July juggernaut, Tomorrowland, as well as a special residency in Ibiza for the upcoming season.

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