Series 2 - Episode 1 PPI BBQ



The nicely sour-edged sitcom returns for a second series, mere months after the first ended. Beth and Eric (Arabella Weir and Alex Norton) are still far too obliging for their own good, forever bullied by their nightmare neighbours. Weir and Norton suffer (mostly) in silence beautifully but the comic oomph comes from Doon Mackichan as leggy, lairy Cathy and Elaine C Smith as bitter grump Christine.

Neither is quite at her enjoyable worst tonight, but Cathy’s constant crowing about the Spanish cruise she has just enjoyed has nice moments: “I had my doubts, but you were right,” she confides to Beth. “They did have brand name spirits and we didn’t have to pick up any refugees.”


Cathy and Colin have returned from a luxury cruise and seem strangely keen to persuade neighbours Eric and Beth to join them on their next trip - leading to confusion about their motives for asking. Christine wants to boast about her good fortune after receiving a PPI refund windfall and Beth is railroaded into holding a celebratory barbecue. Arabella Weir, Alex Norton, Doon Mackichan, Jonathan Watson, Elaine C Smith and Sharon Rooney star in the comedy exploring the best and worst of suburban family life.

Cast & Crew

Beth Arabella Weir
Eric Alex Norton
Cathy Doon Mackichan
Colin Jonathan Watson
Christine Elaine C Smith
Sophie Sharon Rooney
Ian Jamie Quinn
Jaz Harki Bhambra
Director Sasha Ransome
Producer Catherine Gosling Fuller
Writer Simon Carlyle
Writer Gregor Sharp
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