Sunshine (UK TV series)

Sunshine (UK TV series)

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show_name = Sunshine

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genre = Drama
creator = Craig Cash and Phil Mealey
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starring = Steve Coogan
Lisa Millett
Dominic Senior
Bernard Hill
Craig Cash
Phil Mealey
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country = United Kingdom
language = English
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num_episodes = 3
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runtime = 60 minutes
network = BBC One
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first_aired = 7 October 2008 -
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"Sunshine" is a three-part comedy drama that began on 7th October 2008 on BBC1 from the co-writers of "The Royle Family" and "Early Doors". These co-writers, Craig Cash and Phil Mealey, also appear in the series.cite news|url=|title=Comedy star’s ray of TV Sunshine|last=Morley |first=Victoria |date=23 April 2008|publisher=M.E.N. Media|work=Stockport Express|accessdate=2008-10-07]


Bob 'Bing' Crosby played by actor Steve Coogan has always been popular with friends and others around his area but he has a very bad habit, he has to occasionally bet.cite news|url=|title=Sunshine|last=Rampton|first=James |date=4 October 2008|publisher=Telegraph Media Group | work=Daily Telegraph, The (London)|accessdate=2008-10-07] cite news|url=|title=Sunshine, a three-part drama for BBC One|date=22 September 2008|publisher=BBC|accessdate=2008-10-07]

Bernadette (Lisa Millett) is Bob's childhood friend who became his lover and is now the mother of their son Joe, played by actor Dominic Senior. While she has often been angry by her husband's casual gambling habits, she has always forgiven him. When Bob bets more money and the stakes are raised, he could lose everything, including the wife and son he loves.


Sam Wollaston reviewed the first episode for "The Guardian" liked Coogan's lead performance saying "once you get used to him being a charming idiot rather than a comic genius, he's actually pretty good at it: acting, I mean." However, he was unsure of what the drama "was": "I've gone from chuckling gently - maybe a bit too gently - to weeping. Not proper wailing, just sniffing a bit. And that I think is the problem, we've gone from snug comedy to gritty northern drama. Kind of - because it's neither one thing nor t'other, as they say up there." [cite news | url= | title=Last night's TV | work=The Guardian | publisher=Guardian News and Media | date=October 8, 2008 | last=Woolaston | first=Sam | accessdate=2008-10-07]

"The Independent" noted "the writers have a good ear for inadvertent, glancing comedy" and concluded "it’s possible to believe that these people are real enough to care about, and real enough to feel some pain." in their review. [cite news|url=|title=Last night's television: Sunshine, BBC1; Jack, A Soldier's Story, BBC3; Twiggy's Frock Exchange, BBC2|last=Sutcliffe|first=Tom|date=8 October 2008|publisher=Independent, The (London)|accessdate=2008-10-07]


External links

* [ "Sunshine" page] at BBC One

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