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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. The show follows narcissistic sociopath Jill Tyrell (Julia Davis) as she learns her husband has cancer and develops an obsession with womanising doctor Don Cole who has a wheelchair bound wife Cath.


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  • Alliterative Name: Terry Tyrell
  • Ax-Crazy: Jill kills Don's latest mistress by smashing her face in with a hammer.
  • The Baby Trap: Attempted in series 2, where Jill tries (and fails) to get impregnated by Don moments before he gets a vasectomy. She then accuses Don and Cath's 12-year-old son of raping her.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Series 2 ends with Cath getting arrested, Sue getting killed and Jill riding off with Don, who puts up no resistance due to being concussed.
  • Black Comedy: And how! There's jokes about cancer, rape, domestic abuse and murder.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Glenn as his backstory by his deceased wife and when he is in a secure unit, Lynda being forced to give her abusive boyfriend a blow job and Jill trying to seduce a 12 year old boy
  • Black Widow: Jill tries to be one to get Glenns money but never succeeds in killing him
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  • The Brute: Lynda's series 2 boyfriend. He establishes himself by forcing his erection down Lynda's throat with no warning whatsoever.
  • Buxom Is Better: Sue. Flanderised in series 2 where her nipples are so prominent they make her shirts look painted on.
  • Comedic Sociopath: When Terry shows signs of recovering, Jill decides to kill him to keep the lie going. She tries the same thing on Glenn upon marrying him for his inheritance.
  • Crapsack World: There are very few nice characters on Nighty Night and they get frequently abused. There's little justice for anyone on the show
  • Cringe Comedy: Plenty of numerous moments, but Jill decorating Cath's place with semen-filled condoms is one particularly stand-out moment.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Surprisingly averted with Glenns deceased wife. Her abuse may be played for laughs but its made clear she was a dangerous rapist and abuser
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  • Drivento Suicide: One of Jill's unfortunate clients, after getting divorced and given a botched makeover that caused her blind date to walk out on her.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Don may take Cath for granted and would cheat on her if given the chance, but he won't abandon Cath when she's pregnant.
  • Faking the Dead: The main plot of series 1, with Jill telling everyone her husband succumbed to a cancer that turned out to be benign and milking it for sympathy.
  • False Friend: Jill towards Cath. She acts cheerful and supportive all the while
  • False Rape Accusation: Jill to Bruce but since he's 12 she's hardly taken seriously
  • Girlon Girl Is Hot: Lynda's abusive boyfriend wants to see her and Jill have lesbian sex and Don enjoys watching women kissing each other at the retreat
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Averted with Cath who is nice but doesn't like sex. Played with regarding Jill whose husband can't bring himself to have sex with her.
  • Groin Attack: Glenn gets a playful one from Jill.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Frequently. "I'm not a malicious woman and I will strike down the first person who says that I am."
  • Insane Troll Logic: You could write a book on Jills ludicruos attempts to shift blame away from herself
  • It's All About Me:
    Jill Tyrrell: Why does everything happen to me!
    Terry Tyrrell: Look, love, it'll be okay. It's not really that bad. It's me who's got the cancer.
  • Karma Houdini: Jill, who sets fire to everything she touches, but is apparently flame retardant.
  • Kickthe Dog: Don in series 2 planning to run off with disabled wifes best friend just as his wife has given birth to their third child. Too many from Jill to count
  • Not So Great Escape: Glenn digs a tunnell from his cell at the secure unit to the sewers and travels for hours to finally find himself . . . back at the cell he escaped from
  • Phrase Catcher: Jill always greets Cath with a "Hiya Cath!"
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Jill's attitude towards black people is about 100 years out of date. She once blamed a pile of faeces lying on Cath's front lawn on a visitng vicar just because he had African heritage.
  • Put Off Their Food: Don when Jill talks about Glenn needing his nappy changed
  • Rapeas Backstory: Glenn and Jill supposedly but she appears to be lying
  • Running Gag: "We'll settle up later. Otherwise it just gets nasty"
  • Stalkerwitha Crush: Jill towards Don and to a lesser extent Glenn towards Jill.
  • The Sociopath: Whenever Jill does wrong by someone else, expect her to make it seem either innocent or good for them.

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