The Lives And Loves Of Fives Friends In The Northern Town Of Runcorn


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Complete series cast summary:
 Gaz (79 episodes, 2001-2011)
Natalie Casey ...
 Donna (78 episodes, 2001-2011)
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 Jonny (56 episodes, 2001-2011)


The Lives And Loves Of Fives Friends In The Northern Town Of Runcorn

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26 February 2001 (UK)  »

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(55 episodes)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


There are three different versions of how Jonny and Janet got together. In the first series, Gaz states that Jonny left his previous girlfriend for Janet. In series 2, it's Janet who left her boyfriend, Andy, for Jonny. In the musical special, they are both single and meet in a nightclub. See more »


When Donna and Flo get out of the car after going shopping, the camera is reflected in the door. See more »


Louise: You've never practiced safe sex in your life. You've picked up more dirt than a JCB in your time!
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Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #14.80 (2010) See more »

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Possibly the funniest show ever put out by Aunty Beeb.
23 January 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

I can't understand why people have criticised this show so heavily because it's absolutely hilarious.

I missed the show the first time around and only recently caught a few episodes on UKTV. The very first episode I saw had me laughing so hard, I cried! I was immediately hooked and bought the first two seasons on DVD.

One of the reasons the show is so funny is that most people can identify with the basic situations the writer, Susan Nickson, looks at. In addition, the characters are all human, complete with some pretty awful flaws. Even the actors fit their parts perfectly. They're not all staggeringly beautiful and they're not the world's greatest thespians - most of them are newcomers to TV or have relatively little experience. Having said that, the main characters Donna (Natalie Casey), Janet (Sheridan Smith), Johnny (Ralf Little) and Gaz (Will Mellor) are all played brilliantly ...with perfect delivery and comic timing.

The humour is often very crude (lots of jokes about "bum love") and some of the "issues" looked at are a little tasteless (one of the newest characters has learning difficulties) but isn't this how real life is? How likely is the man in the pub - who's just sunk six pints - to hold back from telling a joke that is a little racist or sexist? How many people do we meet day-to-day that have old-fashioned views about people with learning difficulties, or hold weird misconceptions? The important thing to remember is that the show always treats its characters/situations affectionately in the end. The character with learning difficulties (Munch), for example, always ends up on top or always gets the care and attention he needs from his brother (Gaz) or other people.

If you're not easily offended and are reasonably up to date with youth culture, give it a try!

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