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grown ups (BBC-2 1997, Penny Bunton, Jason Watkins)



Sitcom grown ups (deliberately all lower case to suggest that they are not grown up actually) told stories of the differing lives of a group of friends who first met at University fifteen years previously. The group all lived in Manchester.

The five were Bob, who is a uni-lecturer married to Mel; photographer Jim married to Claire and single Murray still living at home with his mum.

The quintet all felt that their lives hadn’t quite panned out the way they intended.

grown ups also made ample use of fantasy sequences to illustrate various points.

production details
UK / BBC Two – Alamo / 6×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 7 January – 11 February 1997 Tues 10.00pm

Writer: Paul Makin / Producer: Esta Charkham / Executive Producer: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran, Claire Hinson / Director: Angela de Chastelaine Smith

Penny Bunton as Mel
Pippa Haywood as Claire
Jason Watkins as Bob
James Simmons as Jim
Tony Gardner as Murray
Andrew Powell as Martin