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House of Lies

You know that idea you had for a management-consulting themed comedy drama? Too late. It starts this month on Sky Atlantic. 

The Gist:
A slick new comedy drama from the US set in the murky world of management consulting, where the stakes are high, the players are cut-throat and a big night out is always on the client’s expense account.

Tune In?
We meet main man Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle) in the opening scene as he enjoys a naked, 69-configured snooze with his ex-wife.

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Business as usual for this smooth-talking, ladies-loving, client-punching maverick. The writers also try to instil the show with a bit of bankers’n’bonuses timeliness.

Turn off?
A comedy about consultants sounds about as appealing as being one (just joking, all our consulting readers — love you!) and it’s easy to think the excessive rudeness might be a touch over-compensatory.

Plus the dialogue can be schoolboy lame (Marty wishing a group of rivals, “Good luck, cunties!”).

The Verdict:
House of Lies is peppy and titillating — but not nearly as sassy as it thinks it is.

Still, it has a good cast that also includes Kristen “Sarah Marshall” Bell and enough energy to make for perfectly passable entertainment, if nothing more.

House of Lies starts this month on Sky Atlantic