I enjoyed this series when it was shown but it can be a bit hit and miss at times.
This is not your average family sitcom because the Doonans are not your average family.
The show is the story of a dream, the dream that one day Simon would leave suburban Reading and move to London to be with the beautiful people. In fact he moved to New York to become the creative director of Barneys, an uber-chic fashion store, and to write the memoir on which this hugely exuberant comedy is based. It has song, dance, jokes, bitch-fighting, drunken hairdressers, black posh spice dolls, exploding baked bean cans causing death and a soundtrack featuring Dannii and Kylie Minogue, Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Pet Shop Boys, Sam Wood and Dan Gillespie Sells of The Feeling.
Mum and Dad drink homemade wine, Simon hangs out with his best friend Kyle, better known as Kylie, working on dance moves to 90s floor fillers; his sister Ashlene wants to look like Heather Small and "hang with the hood", whilst his aunty Hayley is blind, feisty and eating nuts. Gran meanwhile used to be the nicest woman in the world and has now turned very nasty.
Actors Meera Syal, Olivia Colman, Aidan McArdle, Layton Williams, Samuel Barnett & Luke Ward-Wilkinson
Director Gareth Carrivick
Certificate 12 years and over
Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.