Monday, 25 July 2011

Sugartown: lost in the schedules where no-one will watch (or is that the idea?)


If a tv show can be lost, then Sugartown is lost. Marooned it is: adrift at 10.25 on a Sunday night when really it should be on at least three hours earlier.

Because then at least it might get some viewers.

As it is, the audience who might want to enjoy 60 minutes of lightweight tv napping featuring Sue Johnston and the bloke from Miranda who is married to Tamsin Outhwaite (Tom Ellis) - the people who probably liked Heartbeat, thought Wild At Heart was quite good or maybe even enjoyed a New Tricks now and again - will all be in bed.

But that, of course, is based on the assumption that the team who made it actually want people to watch it.

So you have to wonder at such apparently odd scheduling times - it's not like Sugartown needs to be on so late.

The content's hardly lesbian crack house sex positions (assuming that's what passes for 'late night' tv content these days - tv-ooh doesn't know, tv-ooh likes Homes Under the Hammer).

In fact, Sugartown is so undemanding it really is like an afternoon snooze while on holiday at the sea - and proper telly critics will probably hate it.

A proper and slightly desperate sounding PR-style synopsis is here, but, just to save you clicking, it's basically a three part comedy drama set in a fictional Yorkshire seaside town (shot back in February in Filey and Scarborough - I bet it was cold).

There's a factory making sweets, and it's run by a good brother, but the good brother has a bad brother and the bad brother wants to sell the factory, while the 'characters' speak in quips and are all good-natured and there's also some sort of engagement party, and a daffy young girl who makes mistakes but is meant to be endearing and then a confusing but community-gathering dancing-scene as a sort of finale finishes things off.

That's basically yer episode one.

It's got 'undemanding, lightweight fare' written all over it, and isn't actually any worse (or indeed any better) than plenty of other stuff on tv.

It's also got a decent ensemble cast of recognisable faces, but some of them appear to be doing it just because they look like they need the work.

Which is fair enough of course - we've all got bills - but this may, on reflection, explain the scheduling after all. Perhaps they didn't think it was any good either.

It's Candy Cabs all over again.

27 comments:

  1. I like the rickshaw driver Rob Kendrick

    ReplyDelete
  2. Totally agree with you !!!

    There is a public for a show like this, including me !!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Unlike my regular national newspaper, I love Sugartown!! Maybe you have to live on the East Coast like me, but I think it is wonderfully whimsical, with a great script, great characters and uniformly convincing performances from a very talented cast. The direction is delivered with a lightness of touch, a wonderful use of music, and Filey is an authentic backdrop imaginatively realised. I take the point about its place in the schedule but I think it is a refreshing and funny drama which has a rather sad and poignant subtext.

    ReplyDelete
  4. awful comedy the writers need a night out in Blackpool they may then get some ideas.the actors are slow and uninteresting the whole thing is bitty.I would rather watch Noddy.wake up accept some talent in the future. I suggest the writers and directors get to college. badly cast.I would like to leave my name but I know someone in the comedy.I shall tell them face to face.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I have just been on twitter and most of the comments are all against Sugartown.How come the bbc accept such rubbish.Take note of the viewers and the actors are dreadfull.

    ReplyDelete
  6. the actors in Sugar town perform like its there first acting job who the bluddy hell cast it.thay need to take a reality check.

    ReplyDelete
  7. sugartown. whats it all about, no story line, its all over the place, I dont like the actors in it. I am sure a sixform college student could write better than this.

    ReplyDelete
  8. dear bbc, please, I beg of you, do not accept any more crappy plays. Who passes the plays, and who does the casting. tom Ellis looked like he was acting and so did the talented Sue .the other actors,well, I couldnt careless if I didnt see them in any thing again. bbc you are dreadfull.

    ReplyDelete
  9. After all the violence and sexual references of other so called dramas it is a refreshing change to watch a nice uncomplicated drama like Sugartown. Of coarse i have to record it because its on at such a ridiculously late hour for us of a certain age because as we all know it would never do to put anything on that might prove popular with an ageing audience and take the time away from theso called cooool mob

    ReplyDelete
  10. Sugartown made a refreshing change from all the violence that seems to be the norm on our telly's today. I loved it, the characters, the acting, the plot. The time slot is appalling for such a high calibre show. Let's hope they make another series. It was subtle and funny and sensitive. Well done BBC, it made a pleasant balance to all the rubbish that usually hits our screens.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Am really enjoying Sugartown and agree that it should have a better viewing spot.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I really don't know why people are knocking this show, if you don't like it, don't watch it, but I for one love it. I agree that the scheduling is not the best, but then again if it were earlier I may not have watched it, it's on when all the other heavyweight shows have ended and hence is how I came to watch it, not such a dumb move after all, and a nice way to end the night, better than brain eating zombies. Thank you Beeb for another good show.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I simply love this light hearted programme. Its great as its a welcome break from all the naff aggressive, violent, despressing things on tv. I think its really funny and I get it, perhaps some dont.

    I do hope they make a new series but Im fearful because the BEEB scheduled this so late!

    ReplyDelete
  14. It really is quite dreadful, and a total waste of the talents involved. Why did they do it is one question, but a greater one is why did BBC1 sabotage the whole thing by posting it late on a Sunday night when the prime Sunday 9 p.m. slot is given over to tired repeats of Gently & Linley? Far better to have never shown it at all than to publicise the fact that the BBC had no faith in the entire project. Sue Johnston and Miranda Raison both deserve far better treatment (and scripts) than this. A complete mess.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Great show tonight, really enjoyed the dance routine. Going to miss this light hearted comical romp. Makes a very refreshing change from hospital and police programmes. Why 10.30pm ? this is innocent family viewing, congrates to all the cast and crew and lets see more of the very entertaining
    Georgia King.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Great series, top notch casting and a wonderful script but the scheduling was dreadful. Just like the bbc thought "this is clever and intellegent comedy drama so lets schedule it in a terrible time slot" lets hope it get's re-commissioned.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I really liked this series it was on at an awful time on a sunday night though. I hope there will be more of them.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Excellent series like nothing else on telly please bring it back but at an earlier time please!

    ReplyDelete
  19. This series is great! The characters are full of life and it's so relaxing and enjoyable to watch. My one criticism is that it's on far too late - some of us have to get up early for work! Can anyone tell me if there is going to be any more series?! I sincerely hope so!

    ReplyDelete
  20. We have really enjoyed watching Sugartown, thoroughly entertaining. Please bring back another series but at an earlier time.

    ReplyDelete
  21. This leaves me gagging for another series. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I do feel that the BBC should have had more faith in it and given it a decent time slot. I will be purchasing the dvd in September. Come on BBC get series two in the pipeline and hurry up about it!

    ReplyDelete
  22. This is such a great show and we really enjoyed it. It is nice to see the innocent british comedy is still alive. With the likes of xfactor and all the reality tv shows I was starting to wonder if there were any script writers left in the country!

    I urge the BBC to renew Sugartown for a new, longer series it is nice to see my license fee being spent on a proper tv programme instead of boring talent shows and irresponsible soaps which do nothing but encourage antisocial behaviour.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Please give us a longer second series of this show, it's brilliant.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I thought it was really great but why was it on at such a terrible time? It really warrents a second series to see what happens next!

    ReplyDelete
  25. I loved this series. it was great to see something that wasent the norm.it was like a breath of fresh air.it was on at a silly time but thanks to i player i still got to watch it. lets hope the bbc bring out another series that it deserves.

    ReplyDelete
  26. I really loved it - made a change to rude comedies made these days, and this isn't an old persons view I'm only 23, I admit it some bits were a bit too cheesy - but the rest of it had a feel good vibe to it, funny lines and great acting (on a few occasions a little overacting - carmen). I hope the bbc bring it back, and put it on at a better time.

    ReplyDelete
  27. I totally loved this series & was sad to see it end it made such a refreshing change from all the rubbish that seems to be on lately. It is time the bbc realised that not all of us want to watch endless repeats and reality shows!!! The cast were a joy & I would love to see it repeated at a more sensible hour, the time slot it was given really didn't do it justice, why 10.30pm?

    ReplyDelete