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Gimme Gimme Gimme

  • 1999
  • Comedy
  • 15


In her own mind, Lynda La Hughes was sexy, vivacious and the Pictionary definition of the word ‘glamour". In reality, she looked like she couldn't stare out of the window without getting arrested for mooning. With her Elton John glasses and crazy hair, her appearance was almost as noisy as she was. Lynda's flat-mate was Tom Farrell - an out of work actor who's so camp, he didn't so much mince when he walked as pirouette and glide. Together, they made a formidable, and terrifying, double act, and at the heart of Gimme Gimme Gimme, they made for TV gold. Kathy Burke and James Dreyfus gave magnificent performances as these duo who seemed to be constantly fighting over the same men and warring with their more respectable, middle-class neighbours. Playwright Jonathan Harvey scripted the series, revelling in camp excess and seemingly taking his lead from the likes of Absolutely Fabulous. With Burke's larger-than-life character and wardrobe, and Dreyfus providing his particular line of camp tomfoolery, Gimme Gimme Gimme had no intention of wooing those for whom more subtle comedy was preferable. The result was an outrageously non-PC satire somewhere between Bottom and Keeping Up Appearances. It revelled in innuendo and was uninhibited about itself, and it never failed to deliver moments of genuine quality.

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Linda La HughesKathy Burke
Tom FarrellJames Dreyfus
Suze LittlewoodBeth Goddard
Jez LittlewoodBrian Bovell
Beryl MeritRosalind Knight


WriterJonathan Harvey
Executive producerMark Chapman
Executive producerPeter Bennett-Jones



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