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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Series cast summary:
Luke Ward-Wilkinson Luke Ward-Wilkinson ...  Simon Doonan 12 episodes, 2008-2009
Layton Williams ...  Kylie 12 episodes, 2008-2009
Olivia Colman ...  Debbie Doonan / ... 12 episodes, 2008-2009
Aidan McArdle ...  Andy Doonan 12 episodes, 2008-2009
Sophie Ash Sophie Ash ...  Ashlene Doonan 12 episodes, 2008-2009
Samuel Barnett ...  Adult Simon Doonan / ... 12 episodes, 2008-2009
Meera Syal ...  Aunty Hayley 11 episodes, 2008-2009
Sarah Niles ...  Reba 10 episodes, 2008-2009
Josh Handley Josh Handley ...  Jayeson Jackson 6 episodes, 2008-2009
Tameka Empson Tameka Empson ...  Johoyo / ... 6 episodes, 2008-2009
Gary Amers 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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2 October 2008 (UK) See more »

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Divni ljudi See more »

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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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Featured in Beautiful People: Behind the Scenes (2008) See more »

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First episode very engaging with some great characters...
3 October 2008 | by lee-wilsonSee all my reviews

I thought the first episode was very engaging with some great characters and laugh out loud funny. It is so hard to create a whole universe in one episode, introduce the characters and have time for a story but it really worked.

As one review put it, it is not just gay friendly it is gay delirious, it is the story of Simon growing up in the 80's, wearing dresses, battling his family and school friends with the help of his best friend Kylie (or Kyle as he is really called!).

When was the last time a British comedy actually had great lines and delivery? Excellent fun.


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