The life of a dysfunctional English family provides the basis for this hit show from BBC America.
Housewife Alison (Amanda Redman) is a 38 million Euro lottery winner who keeps her winnings a closely guarded secret for fear that it will corrupt her family.
Meanwhile, her husband (Peter Davidson) is embroiled in an affair, her eldest daughter disrupts the suburban idly by becoming a lesbian, and her other daughter gets pregnant.
It all adds up to a humorous poke at British life, illustrating that everything is not always as rosy as it seems behind the twitching suburban curtains.
About the Directors
Robin Sheppard began directing after graduating from the Royal College of Art MA in Film and Television Direction. Her RCA graduation film The Thin Red Line – a political comedy set around the fall of the Berlin wall - won the Jury Prize at the Cork Film Festival which led to working as a freelance Director in television. She's since directed numerous high profile TV dramas – I was the lead director on the ground breaking comedy series’ At Home With The Braithwaites, Between The Sheets with Brenda Blethyn and Kingdom with Stephen Fry. She's been BAFTA nominated twice, for A Wing and A Prayer and Playing The Field, and in 2005 won the Grierson Award for Best Drama Documentary for Cherished starring Tim Spall. Her other single films include The Bad Mother’s Handbook with Catherine Tate and Robert Pattinson, Perfect Strangers with Rob Lowe and Anna Friel, Lucky Jim with Stephen Tompkinson, Helen McCrory, Keeley Hawes and Stephen Mangan, and the highly acclaimed mini-series Sparkhouse.
Andy de Emmonyhad studied art at university and worked as a puppet maker on Spitting Image. When he moved from sculpting to art direction and photography, the producers sent him to film school and he returned to direct several series of Spitting Image. Andy went on to direct many different shows including Father Ted, Cutting It and 55 Degrees North. He also directed one-off dramas like Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!, Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story and God on Trial. He has also directed feature films, starting with West Is West and most recently Love Bite. Running Time: 291 minutes approx. 2 Disc Edition
Classification: M (Recommended For Mature Audiences - Moderate sexual references and sex scenes, Infrequent moderate coarse language)
Number of Discs: 2
Region: 4 (Australia & New Zealand)
Released: 3rd February 2007
Running Time: 291 mins