The story of the flamboyant and ambitious 14-year-old Simon Doonan, who has dreams that stretch beyond his hometown of Reading.
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Luke Ward-Wilkinson ...
 Simon Doonan (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Kylie (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Debbie Doonan / ... (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Andy Doonan (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sophie Ash ...
 Ashlene Doonan (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Adult Simon Doonan / ... (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Aunty Hayley (11 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sarah Niles ...
 Reba (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
Josh Handley ...
 Jayeson Jackson (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tameka Empson ...
 Johoyo / ... (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Gary Amers ...
 Sacha / ... (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
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Simon Doonan and his best friend Kyle, better known as Kylie dream of living in London with the "beautiful people". Here and now (the 90s), Simon lives with his wacky family: the gin drinking mother, blind ex-druggie hippie aunt, slutty sister, Irish wine-experimental father and briefly, his angel-turned-devil grandmother. The series includes musical sequences, football and a barrel of laughs. Written by Bob Hudgens

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This is not your average family sitcom because the Doonans are not your average family.

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Author Simon Doonan wanted the writer Jonathan Harvey to feel free to be liberal and "surprise him" with his scripts; he only requested that the names be changed, as he felt the series should be inspired by his story, not literally his story. See more »

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Truly Hilarious
23 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's been so long since I have had such a good rousing laugh out of watching characters on screen. And such wild and colourful characters they are - set in equally atrocious plot lines! The six half-hour episodes of the two seasons of Beautiful People are unpredictable and completely loony. The jokes are sometimes so terrible, you cannot help but laugh helplessly at the insanely good acting that makes each of them work.

Young Simon, played extremely well by Luke Ward-Wilkinson, is at the heart of his crazy family and deluded neighbours. Joined by his over- the-top across-the-street best friend, Kylie (played fabulously by theatre star Layton Williams), the pair gradually give viewers a roller-coaster of an insight into what it is to truly express yourself. The supporting cast of the wickedly awesome Olivia Colman as mum, the deceptively mellow Aidan McArdle as dad and the dead-set funny Meera Syal as auntie Hayley take the meaning of "supporting" to new heights - standing solidly behind the zaniest acts that Simon and Kylie concoct.

The music in the show is outstanding. The cast adapt many show-time tunes into hilarious and creatively choreographed renditions. Many catchy stick-in-your-head-for-days 90s pop tunes pop dangerously up at the most unexpected of times and force a hearty laugh out of you. Even more funny are the silly little cameos by theatre greats like Elaine Page and pop starlets like Danni Minogue. The whole show had me in splits around 97% of the time.

Beautiful People is just as hilarious on screen as it was in print. Go and watch it - your brain will thank you with a burst of warm endorphins!


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