Monday, January 4, 2010

Beautiful People

Beautiful People is a TV series from the UK based on the memoirs of Simon Doonan, a window dresser at (who later became the creative director of) Barneys New York. Although Doonan is 56 now, most of the show is set in the late 1990s, featuring a 14-year old Doonan.

The show is about Simon's life as a gay kid in suburban England. The title refers to the way he and his friend Kyl(i)e constantly talk about escaping suburban Reading and moving to London 'to live amongst the beautiful people.' The show is funny and full of fun, quirky characters: the slutty sister, the boozy mum, the blind aunt... the list goes on and on. I have only watched three episodes, but there seems to be an absence of homophobia in the society the show is set in -- be it in England on in present-day New York where Simon reminisces his childhood years.

I downloaded the first season yesterday after my cousin told me she loved the show. I'm enjoying it so far. Certain bits are absolutely hilarious.

It airs Wednesdays at 8:35pm on ABC 2.

If you are wondering why the title sounds familiar, the show is written by the same person who wrote The Beautiful Thing.

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