Turn Up Charlie Review

This week Netflix unveils Turn Up Charlie, a new original that’s vying for your time.

In Turn Up Charlie we meet Charlie (Idris Elba), a one-hit-wonder turned wedding DJ who’s living with his aunt Lydia (Jocelyn Jee Esien) and friend Del (Guz Khan).

While DJ-ing at a friend’s wedding, Charlie runs into an old childhood friend, David (JJ Field), now a movie star, who invites him to dinner to meet his wife, Sara (Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs), believing she will be able to help him revive his career. Things don’t quite go to plan when Charlie ends up minding their 11-year-old daughter Gabby (Frankie Hervy) for an afternoon.

Sounds easy, right? Wrong. Gabby is a terror-precious child who has been spoilt rotten with self-confidence that’s off the charts. But, Charlie seems to manage, resulting in David and Sarah offering him a job looking after Gabby.

Will Charlie succeed as Gabby’s nanny or will she be too much for him to handle? And, more importantly, will Charlie get to revive his career?

Having watching three of the series’ eight 30-minute episodes, Turn Up Charlie, which was created by Idris Elba and Gary Reich, may not reinvent the concept but it has fun moments. It’s nice to see Idris Elba loosen up and be a delight. Piper Perabeo also shines, but it’s Frankie Harvey in her first role who make’s this series work.

Turn Up Charlie is a series which is fun and very easy to watch.

3/5 Stars


Turn Up Charlie premieres Friday on Neflix.