Welcome to the Edge of Heaven! This comedy drama series charts the lives of the Taylor-Chatterjees at Margate’s finest (and indeed only) 80s themed B&B – run by Wham! loving Judy (Camille Coduri), husband and breakfast enthusiast Tandeep (Nitin Kundra), and her two grown-up kids, sofa salesman Alfie (Blake Harrison) and his de-mobbed soldier sister Ann-Marie (Laura Checkley).
Alfie is a man with his life and future all planned out for him, until his fiancée Carly (Justine Cain) leaves him at the altar. Carly’s best friend is Michelle (Louisa Lytton), a sweet girl who’s always had a soft spot for Alfie. Nanny Mo is Alfie’s smart as a tack grandmother (Marcia Warren), who lives with his two gay Uncles, both called Gary (Adrian Scarborough and Robert Evans). Written and created by Robert Evans, Edge of Heaven is guaranteed to brighten up your TV screen.
Gemma’s (Sarah Alexander) life is ferrying the twins around and dealing with ex Jason (Neil Morrissey) and his Swedish girlfriend. So when do-able dad Tom (Nathaniel Parker) asks her out and her son returns from travelling with Billy (Robert Sheehan), Gemma unexpectedly finds she’s got more than one love interest.
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Two’s company, three’s a crowd. So what do you do with six? Frank and funny, this award-winning BBC Two comedy series puts a witty perspective on the lives and loves of six friends, involved, formerly involved, or about to become involved, brought together by the relationship between two of them, Steve and Susan. This totally upfront account of love and lust between best friends and exes is a real family affair: produced by Sue Vertue, written by her husband Steven Moffat and executive produced by her mother Beryl Vertue. Coupling continues to be one of the BBC’s best-selling comedies. All four series have been sold to more than 25 countries worldwide.
Men Behaving Badly spawned the cult of laddism. With its outrageous but endearing characters, the programme was warmly received by audiences and critics alike – and half its viewers were women. The title has now entered into common usage, often used in headlines to describe the antics of politicians, footballers and other celebrities. When ITV decided not to take up the option for a third series, Beryl Vertue took the series to the BBC; switching networks was almost unprecedented. The programme went from strength to strength, won many awards and regularly received rave reviews, handsomely rewarding the BBC’s faith in the project.
This offbeat comedy follows a group of female friends united by a shared history but divided by almost everything else. Most friends meet for dinner, or at the pub, but for these four old school friends their monthly get together is in the unsettling surroundings of an intensive care unit. Siobhan (Sarah Solemani) is a failing TV presenter, Sarah (Katy Wix) is a rather reluctant mother of three, Pip (Katherine Parkinson) is a pseudo bohemian and Lucy (Anna Crilly) – well, Lucy is in a coma. After the initial shock, the group soon realise that Lucy is in dire need of help, if only they could provide it. As Lucy becomes more aware of what is going on around her, unexpected and funny moments from her subconscious are revealed.
British comedian Rob Brydon (Gavin and Stacey, Marion and Geoff, Human Remains) stars with some of Australia’s finest ensemble actors in the cast of the comedy series Supernova, the first original Australian-UK comedy co-production to come out of Australia. The series revolves around Dr Paul Hamilton (Rob Brydon), a promising British astronomer who leaves his boring job, nagging girlfriend, neurotic cat… in fact his whole humdrum life to take on a research position at the Royal Australian Observatory. From rainy London to the scorching red heart of Australia, Paul and his new, oddball colleagues set out to unravel the mysteries of the Universe. The key Australian cast joining Rob Brydon in Supernova include Kris McQuade, Kat Stewart and Tim Draxl.
Steve Edge (The Visit, Phoenix Nights) and Jennifer Hennessy (Drop Dead Gorgeous, Lilies) star in The Cup, a new comedy series written by Moray Hunter and Jack Docherty (Absolutely, The Creatives). The Cup is based on Canadian series The Tournament produced by Adjacent 2 Entertainment and created by Howard Busgang, Wendy Hopkins and Marty Putz, and originally set in the world of junior ice hockey. Shot in a documentary style, The Cup follows Bolton-based Ashburn United Football Club and their quest to win the North and Midlands Under 11’s Cup in Birmingham. It rapidly becomes apparent that the real story is the selfish and obsessive behaviour of the kids’ parents as they try to live their own dreams through their children.
On the edge of meltdown, businessman Paul Sykes (Douglas Hodge) is late for a make-or-break meeting. Sunita (Nina Wadia) will not shut up about her inappropriate life experiences. Rocco (Rasmus Hardiker) is a 17-year-old with seven different, very major phobias. Christabel (Siobhan Redmond) is dangerously jolly and is challenged in the bladder area. Four ill-fitting people who want to be as far away as possible from one another. Unfortunately this isn’t possible. They’re stuck in a lift. Will they ever get out? If they do, will there still be four of them alive? It’s like Lost but quite a lot more cramped. Lift was one of four comedies in BBC Four’s series ‘Tight Spot’ in which the central characters are all stuck in very different situations. The series started in February 2007 and Lift was the third programme to go out.
From the award-winning team behind Men Behaving Badly, Is It Legal? is set in the ramshackle, chaotic offices of solicitors Lotus, Spackman and Phelps. Amid the chaos of tea breaks and buns is Stella (Imelda Staunton), the snappy senior partner who is permanently poised to jump down someone’s throat; Bob (Patrick Barlow) the shambolic clerk; accident-prone Colin (Richard Lumsden); bored secretary Alison (Kate Isitt) (who has the best hair), and Darren (Matthew Ashforde), the office dogsbody, who can’t help looking at a woman as a collection of sexually alluring body parts.
“Savage by name, really rather tame by nature.” From the award-winning team behind Men Behaving Badly, Adam (Marcus Brigstocke) and Jessica (Victoria Hamilton) Savage struggle to remain sane, decent and in love against formidable odds. These odds take the shape of their two tiny children, Adam’s father Donald (Geoffrey Palmer) and the destructive pressures of modern life. A warm, truthful and funny look at the stresses and pleasures of family life.
Carrie & Barry is an engaging sitcom that reunites Neil Morrissey with the team that made him a household name in the long-running hit Men Behaving Badly – Hartswood Films, writer Simon Nye and director Martin Dennis. Neil stars as part-time cabbie Barry with Claire Rushbrook (Linda Green, Family Business) as his beautician wife Carrie. Barry’s mate Kirk (Mark Williams, The Fast Show, Harry Potter) is always guaranteed to say the wrong thing, whilst Michelle (Michelle Gomez, Green Wing) is Carrie’s acid-tongued best friend and fellow beautician. Barry’s teenage daughter Sinead is played by Sarah Quintrell and her boyfriend Adrian, by Mathew Horne (The Catherine Tate Show).
For years the baby boomers ruled the world. But now, much to their bewilderment, they find they are past their sell-by dates and being shunted aside by the next generation. Their twenty-something children won’t leave home, and their ancient parents won’t shuffle off the stage. They’re stuck in the middle, the sandwich generation. Still very much in love, Martin Chadwick (Peter Davison) and his wife Julie (Pippa Haywood) are panicking as the wheels come off their lives. They try drugs, therapy and new jobs, but Martin’s unerring ability to screw up absolutely everything, combined with Julie’s rampant neuroses just add to the fear, the stress and the anger. Peter Davison (The Last Detective, At Home With The Braithwaites) and Pippa Haywood (Green Wing) star in Fear, Stress & Anger, a comedy series from Michael Aitkens (Waiting for God).
In his first television role after 15 years in Minder, George Cole plays mischievous, meddling pensioner Peter Banks who refuses to accept it’s time to slow down. He drives his house-proud daughter Betty (Matilda Ziegler) to distraction but the quick wit hides a sad loneliness since the death of his beloved wife. Forging a friendship with retired librarian Harry King (Richard Pearson) brings a new lease of life for both men. The two embark on a series of adventures not entirely appropriate for men of their advanced years. But Harry’s young landlady Ellie (Minnie Driver) and her son Neil always have a warm welcome for his ‘other granddad’.