Fridays are going to be a lot less fun now that the second run of the BBC’s deliciously camper-than-camp sitcom Beautiful People has come to an end.
While much of the show’s success is clearly down to Jonathan Harvey’s witty, inventive scripts, it’s impossible to overstate the brilliance of the performances by Luke Ward-Wilkinson (young Simon), Layton Williams (Kylie) and Samuel Barnett (older Simon).
Each week the show has served up a mini-West End musical packed with character development as well as laughs, while proving that comedy doesn’t have to be a linear procession of prat falls, gurning, predictable gags and re-processed laughter tracks.
It’s a mystery why the BBC has decided to relegate this stand out series to BBC Two while providing a BBC One home to undeserving and far less funny eponymous ‘roadshows’. Not that BBC commissioning often makes much sense to the average viewer.
I’m hoping for a third series, not least because I’m curious to discover why present-day Simon never seems to mention Kylie. As the lads might ask: What’s the story girlfriend?
PS: If you’re in danger of suffering withdrawal symptoms both series can be ordered on DVD from the seenit store as can the soundtrack to series one and the real Simon Doonan’s book on which the series is (loosely) based.