The show centres on pub landlord Ken (John Henshaw), especially his preoccupation with his daughter Melanie (Christine Bottomley), and his nervous relationship with barmaid Tanya (Susan Cookson). Ken's wife left him for his best friend. The series reflects more than a little of the Northern humour displayed in The Royle Family (co-written by Cash). In a similar style to The Royle Family, every scene unfolds within the spatial context of The Grapes and it is also set in the Greater Manchester area. Written by
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In the second series Joe refers to Melanie's previous boyfriend as being "shameless" for the way he dumped her. This is an in- joke about former co star James McAvoy (who played Mel's boyfriend in season 1) who had left the show to star in the hit Channel 4 series Shameless. See more
[after Ken turns down a spliff
You know, if you were any squarer Ken, you'd be an Oxo cube.
Referenced in Sunshine: Episode #1.3
Written and performed by Roddy Frame See more