Year of the Rabbit review – silly and gleefully sweary ... but where were the gags?

Matt Berry’s Victorian take on The Sweeney should be a riot, but this slapdash effort lacks the crispness of Toast of London

On paper, there is a lot to like about period police comedy Year of the Rabbit (Channel 4). For a start, it stars Matt Berry, also currently playing a vampire in the TV version of What We Do in the Shadows. The writers, Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley, have won Emmys for their work on Veep. And Keeley Hawes is in it.

The idea also sounds promising. It has been described as a Victorian version of The Sweeney, but it is really more like Ripper Street played for laughs: a heady mix of period detail, gleeful anachronism and baroque profanity.

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