UK / BBC Two (BBC Productions) / 12×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 2 October 2008 – 18 December 2009
Writer: Jonathan Harvey / Theme Music: Dan Gillespie Sells, Ian Masterson / Costumes: Annie Hardinge / Production Design: Dennis De Groot / Producer: Justin Davies / Executive Producer: Jon Plowman
Perfectly suited to the brilliant Jonathan Harvey, this sitcom, based on the memoirs and childhood life of Simon Doonan (the creative director of Barneys in New York), follows young teenage Simon, who is quite simply desperate to escape his mid 1990’s Reading home town and become a window dresser in a major American department store.
Really though, one suspects the Beautiful People of the title are not the glamorous types that Simon is so keen to mix with but his amazing family and their friends, from Mum Debbie, plumbing, wine making Dad Andy, his bling Aunt Haley and his best friend Kyle.
Harvey has a fine ear for the absurd and surreal and also isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. Each, funny, episode begins in New York with the twenty something Simon thinking back to some incident of his earlier years. Most episode titles begin How I Got My…
Guest stars were pretty high profiles and included the likes of Brenda Fricker, Frances Barber and a sountrack album of cover versions (including a duet between Kylie and Danni Minogue) featured in the series was also released.
LUKE WARD-WILKINSON as Simon Doonan(aged 13)
OLIVIA COLMAN as Debbie Doonan
MEERA SYAL as Aunty Hayley
AIDAN McARDLE as Andy Doonan
LAYTON WILLIAMS as Kyle
SAMUEL BARNETT as Adult Simon
SOPHIE ASH as Ashlene Doonan
SARAH NILES as Reba
GARY AMERS as Sacha
SEASON ONE – 2 October – 6 November 2008
1. HOW I GOT MY VASE
2. HOW I GOT MY NOSE
3. HOW I GOT MY BEADS
4. HOW I GOT MY POSH
5. HOW I GOT MY TONGS
6. HOW I GOT MY GLOBE
SEASON TWO – 13 November – 18 December 2009
1. HOW I GOT MY GROOM
2. HOW I GOT MY PLUMES
3. HOW I GOT MY WATER FEATURE
4. HOW I GOT MY CAMP
5. HOW I GOT MY TURNER
6. HOW I GOT MY GASH
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