Nighty Night is a British dark comedy sitcom written by and starring Julia Davis. It was first broadcast on 6 January 2004 on BBC Three before moving to BBC2. Notorious for its dark humour, the show follows narcissistic sociopath Jill Tyrell – who manages a beauty parlour alongside her moronic, asthmatic assistant Linda – as she learns that her husband has cancer. She uses this fact to manipulate new neighbour Cathy Cole, a wheelchair user with multiple sclerosis whose husband Don, a womanising doctor, Jill has become obsessed with. The theme tune used in the beginning of both series and during the closing credits for the first is an excerpt from the spaghetti western My Name Is Nobody, composed by the Italian film composer Ennio Morricone. In June 2006 it was announced that Sex and the City creator Darren Star would write and be executive producer of a US version, which has been commissioned for a pilot script. Steve Coogan and Henry Normal, founders of the production company Baby Cow, were to be co-Executive-Producers.
**_This_** is British comedy. I hear people talk about how much they love "British comedy". So I ask them what shows, specifically, and they tell me stuff like Black Books or The Inbetweeners or The IT Crowd. Basic, formulaic, safe sitcoms that aren't inherently British at all, they just have actors with British accents. Nighty Night is dark, fearless, raunchy British comedy. I think Julia Davis might be a genius or misanthrope of the highest order to have come up with some of these character observations. And I loved every minute of it.