Starstruck, review: Rose Matafeo shines in this sweet millennial romcom
The BBC has packaged Starstruck (BBC Three as a series and episodics on BBC One) as a “millennial” romcom and it’s true that the creator and star, Rose Matafeo, is under 30. But there’s nothing especially millennial about the content. This may come as a shock to the fresh-faced out there, but going to bars and having ropey one-night stands aren’t recent inventions. Aside from a brief sighting of an Uber and a reference to Bitcoin, most of the scenes here would fit quite happily into a Bridget Jones film.
Matafeo is a likeably goofy heroine as Jessie, who spends the night with a man she meets while drunk and realises in the morning that he is in fact a famous film star called Tom Kapoor (Nikesh Patel). Cue six episodes of will-they-won’t-they-get-together as life throws obstacles in their way. It’s very watchable, whipping along in half-hour episodes.
Matafeo honed her skills in stand-up (an Edinburgh Comedy Awards winner) and the writing is smart. “Afternoon sex is basically an errand,” Jessie shrugs at one point. Sex features quite often, although in quite a sweet way. In one episode, Matafeo breaks into a sunny song-and-dance routine beside the canal the morning after an encounter with a man who lives on a narrowboat.