What to expect from The Mimic’s second seriesCultureCinema
The Mimic is the story of Martin Hurdle (played by Terry Mynott), an everyday maintenance man with an uncanny ability to mimic voices. Now in its second series, things aren’t looking too good for Martin the mimic. Without giving too much away, Martin’s career hasn’t quite reached where he wants.
Neil (played by Neil Maskell), the newsagent scared of news, is still paranoid and it’s clearly putting a strain on his relationship with Jean (played by Jo Hartley). He even believes that drinking tea with tap water is causing him to grow ‘moobs’ due to the oestrogen that must be in the water from the amount of sex that takes place in it. Such specificities had the audience in stitches. Martin’s voice impressions are faultless and at times it’s hard to believe it’s him doing them. His voice is the perfect antidote, creating a seamless balance between the humorous David Attenborough and Batman impressions and the more compelling, poignant storylines.
Although The Mimic is a comedy, it hits hard with melancholy scenes dealing with Martin’s ex’s cancer battle and his unfortunate life. Despite this, we are told that this series is funnier than the last, as they “couldn’t kill off anyone else”.
Written solely by Matt Morgan of Cardinal Burns, the first series drew in over one million viewers per episode. As Matt, Terry and Jo are questioned after the screening, we learn that Matt discovered Terry on YouTube and decided it would be a good idea for a show. Matt also let slip that Neil’s paranoia is his own anxieties projected onto Neil.
The Mimic is true, original, nurtured talent that should get the recognition it deserves. Terry is a genuinely talented man and it’s great to see a mimic balance comedy and melancholy so well.
The second series of The Mimic begins 16th July 2014 on Channel 4. You can watch the first series here.
Watch the trailer for first series here: