Switch Series One REVIEW

Switch series one DVD review: It’s lucky they’re charming

"Did we mention that we live in Camden?"


Release Date: 26 November 2012
2012 | 15 | 360 minutes | £24.99
Distributor: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
Directors: Dominic Leclerc, Tom Marshall
Cast: Lacey Turner, Nina Toussaint-White, Phoebe Fox, Hannah Tointon

If there’s one thing to be learnt from new witchy sitcom Switch, it’s that with comedy, as with magic spells, the success is all in the casting. The relentless charisma of the four leads just about save this haphazard account of the joys, sorrows and excitable squealing of the modern-day, twentysomething witches of Camden. You know, Camden? That cool London place? Camden? CAMDEN? Expect the word Camden to feature a lot.

Childhood friends Grace, Hannah, Stella and Jude live together in comedy-drama Camden (CAMDEN!); meaning that they live in a cavernous flat full of trinkets, have jobs in advertising/travelling the world in leggings, and have just splendid hair. But also, they’re witches! But magic doesn’t make everything easier, like what you might think! It makes things complicated and hilarious! Well, sometimes it does, anyway.

Covering a breathtakingly large number of storylines over these six episodes, Switch bounds enthusiastically from job worries to love troubles, from friendship calamities to family madness, often juggling four or five plotlines in the course of an hour. Its gleeful lightness of touch is infectious, and the four girls’ easy chemistry makes it easy to forgive the slightly feverish edge that occasionally creeps in.

The thing is, Switch doesn’t seem to know who it’s aimed at, combining teenage life lessons (BEST FRIENDS 4EVA and so on) with dildos-as-lightsabers references, resulting in a mix that never quite sits comfortably in the cauldron. Magic? Not yet.

Extras: None.

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