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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Excellent BBC Drama.

Author: LfcMotd73 from United Kingdom
8 November 2008

I can't believe this had 4m viewers and nobody's come on to write something on here about it. Oh well, I'm the very first and I'm glad. This comic drama from Craig Cash and Phil Mealy was brilliant and I wish it had been a longer series. BBC do make good TV once in a while and this is definitely high up on the list. Bernard Hill and Steve Coogan are particularly brilliant in this but I really loved the kid playing little Joe. What a lovely little actor.# The chemistry between the boy and Bernard Hill playing his granddad was brilliant and lovely. And Coogan surprised me nicely with a very good dramatic performance. I love Coogan's comedy stuff- he's a legend but here he is really giving an acting turn. Sunshine has really stand out funny moments but it's really about the relationship between the 3 generations of Crosby men- George (Hill), Bing (Coogan) and Joe (young Dominic). It was so lovely to watch the relationship with George and his grandson and the chemistry was wonderful. It was incredibly moving towards the end. We knew it was leading up to sadness- I just felt it in my stomach it was going to be sad but I was surprised how moving it was. I was filling up with tears. It really was sad and so brilliantly performed. Lisa Millet deserves mention here too. I found she was so good in the role of Coogan's girlfriend and was a lovely, warm performance. The whole cast are good. Daniel Ryan, Craig Cash, Phil Mealey. This drama showed us about family love and the bonds between fathers and sons and never giving up and loss. Funny, heartbreaking and brilliant.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Best program on BBC this year!

10/10
Author: john peters from United Kingdom
21 November 2008

This is a very moving drama/ comedy which was well put together for maximum effect. This is a classic example of Craig and Phil's amazing writing and directing skill. Lets hope the BBC allow them to produce more fantastic programs in the future. 4 Million Viewers! WOW! This standard of writing matches up to the Royle Family, another superb sitcom. The cast were great, especially young Joe, what an amazing actor. The story begins with the gambling addiction of Bing, played by Coogan, which shows a true reflection of the habits of some members of the society in which we live today. We learn about the strong relationship between Joe and his grandpa, played by Hill. The drama contains the themes of comedy, drama, love and tragedy. The drama closes with the death of George (Hill). This program is cleverly written as one minute you are rolling around on the floor in hysterics and the next you need a box of tissues. Fantastic! BAFFilms08

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