An ever-so-slightly twisted family sitcom based on the hilarious memoirs of Simon Doonan. The story of a young boy and his mission to live a glamorous life.
Simon is 13 and he pictures himself on the pages of the celebrity magazines with the ‘beautiful people’ – except he lives in the suburbs of working-class Reading. His house in Edna Street is home to an extended family of assorted lodgers and oddball relatives: his dramatic mother – the fabulous Debbie, who sports peroxideblond hair and spike heels; his Irish father Andy, an avid opera fan and amateur wine-maker (in a bonkers household the alcohol definitely helps). Then there’s blind Aunty Hayley and her overweight guide dog, lobotomised Grandma Narg, Simon’s camp best friend Kyle (who friends call ‘Kylie’) and his ghetto-princess sister, Ashlene.
Beautiful People is narrated from 2008 and harks back to 1997 and a childhood set against the backdrop of ‘New Labour’ Britain. It is a world of small town boredom versus big city dreams populated by a glittery raft of colourful characters and one very warm family.
And of course, although he spends his days dreaming of glitz and glamour one day Simon may realise the ‘Beautiful People’ were closer to home than he thought.
Episode 101 — How I Got My VaseWhile at Kylie's, Simon steals one of Reba's dresses and tries it on back at home. Ashlene takes a Polaroid photo of him wearing it and threatens to show it to everyone unless he styles her hair to look like Heather Small's.
Episode 102 — How I Got My NoseSimon wants to join a stage school and he, Kylie and Imelda (another neighbour), audition for the school production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Episode 103 — How I Got My BeadsSimon decides to play a prank on his mum. He pretends to be the voice of her spirit guide and predicts the number 2 will bring bad news. When Debbie hears someone has died on the toilet she is convinced another death is close by.
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Episode 104 — How I Got My PoshKylie steals the school head-teacher's clutch bag. When Simon discovers this, he returns it straight away to her office, but unintentionally rests the bag on the 'speak button' on her intercom system, revealing to the whole school what he wants for his birthday - a Posh Spice doll.
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Episode 105 — How I Got My TongsKylie asks Simon to dye his hair a dusky blonde, so he can look more like his idol Princess Diana.
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Episode 106 — How I Got My GlobeSimon and Kylie believe they have found one of the Beautiful People when their new English teacher, Miss Prentice (Frances Barber), arrives from London.
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Episode 201Simon unearths a terrible secret about his parents’ marriage and
Ashlene drops a bombshell which will change her life forever as blind
Aunty Hayley climbs into bed with the wrong man.
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Episode 202 — How I Got My PlumesDebbie's millinery choices lead Simon to recall his visit to the 1998
Eurovision Song Contest; a very odd dinner with his parent’s gaybours
(gay neighbours) and a meeting with Dana International in a disabled
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Episode 203 — How I Got My Water Feature1998 - Ground Force is at its height and Simon feels a desperate need
for a water feature. Meanwhile the women of Melody Crescent feel a
desperate need to ‘Sloshercise’ with hunky training instructor Tiger.
Elaine Paige makes a stunning appearance in Simons' imagination.
Episode 204 — How I Got My CampThe Doonans plan a holiday abroad but a plumbing disaster spoils
everything. Meanwhile across the road, Kylie's father meets his match
in the form of a snarling dog called Madonna.
Episode 205 — How I Got My TurnerThe Doonans go deep into the world of Brit Art when they meet rabble
rouser Stacey Bile near the Kate Winslet memorial roundabout. This
leads to several road accidents, imminent birth, blind ladies driving
cars and the Turner Prize.
Episode 206 — How I Got My GashSimon is plagued by school bullies and decides to leave home to be
with The Beautiful People. But as usual, nothing goes according to