Friday, January 04, 2013

Beautiful People: "Perhaps the gayest sitcom ever"

You probably know about Simon Doonan : author, fashion commentator, and creative ambassador for Barneys New York...



But did you know there’s a BBC TV series (Beautiful People) based on his memoirs ?



This show wasn’t even on my radar until British Jon mentioned it in this post. The same post in which Jon describes his meeting with the talented Jonathan Harvey: writer of Beautiful People and so much more.

And Mitzi posted this comment on my blog, leaving me to wonder WTF she was talking about…until I saw the show, that is…

Gin Gin where do I begin
Having you inside me
Is like an old friend popping in.

--Debbie Doonan, Beautiful People.

I'm sure many of you can identify with that sentiment.

Thanks to our Mitzi for kindly sending Series One to me on DVD along with the soundtrack CD. I’ve since gone on to watch Series Two and now I want YOU Bitches to see it because I think you’ll enjoy it too. Mistress MJ was hooked from the first episode!

The show focuses on flamboyant 14-year-old Simon and his best friend Kyle (who prefers to be called Kylie); dreaming of the day they’ll escape the dreary suburbs of Reading, England and move to London to live amongst “the Beautiful People.”


Kylie and Simon

So if you Bitches need a pick-me-up on these dark winter nights, give “Beautiful People” a go.

Key word: CAMP!

Here’s the first episode from Season One. If you enjoy it, you can click here to see all the episodes from both series.



If you'd like to read a much more descriptive piece on Beautiful People, I found this post on Jon's blog.

Thank you Jon and Mitzi!

30 comments:

  1. Wish they would show that on BBC America. Mostly it's Top Gear, Gordon Ramsey cursing at people in a kitchen, Dr Who, and inexplicably Battlestar Galactica.

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    1. LX: Even though “Beautiful People” is a BBC production, it isn’t yet available (to the best of my knowledge) on BBC Canada either.

      Thankfully, Mitzi sent the DVD to me.

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  2. PS: Where's Miss Scarlet? Washed away in the floods?

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    1. LX: Rumour has it that Miss Scarlet is hungover.

      Poor thing.

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    2. Miss Scarlet checked in at my place.

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  3. yes, it's an adorable show.
    one can't help but smile when watching.

    once again, infomaniac steers the
    pop culture coupe in the correct direction!

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    1. NORMA: It’s feel-good programming but not in a Hallmark Channel schlocky way.

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  4. I am soooo overjoyed you've finally discovered the best TV series of the last five years (Benidorm, Downton Abbey, David Attenborough notwithstanding) - and thanks for the links to my blogs.

    Enjoy, daaahhhling (© "Mrs Prentice" aka Frances Barber), and now you must start rehearsing all the routines! (And then there's Series Two...) Jx

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    1. JON: Oh you kooky Brits and your top-notch programming.

      (With the exception of “Big Brother”).

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    2. Thankfully, "Big Brother" is not British, but a Dutch invention. Jx

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    3. JON: You can blame the Dutch for "Big Brother" but you can’t blame them for Jade Goody.

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    4. Or her perfume. May I remind you (again) of an equally classy Canadian export..? Jx

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    5. You can’t let it go, can you, Jon?

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  5. Has Hunderby made it's way to your shores yet?

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    1. Sky Atlantic isn't available on Virgin Media cable, so even I haven't seen this one! (And my sister keeps raving about another of their weird series This is Jinsy, too... Jx

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    2. MITZI & JON: Stop tempting Mistress MJ with your quirky Britcoms!

      How can I find the time?

      I’ll have to call in sick one of these days to watch all these.

      No, Hunderby hasn’t made it over here yet so I’ll have to track it down elsewhere.

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  6. Series One Screened here on i think the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) our National free to air chanel in Oz Last year I loved every minute of it. I Piddled myself laughing on several occasions...

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    1. PRINNY: One in four laydeez experience your condition.

      It’s more common than you think!

      Perhaps you should discuss it with our public health inspector, Margaret.

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    1. MARGARET: Personally, I never witnessed anything of a campy nature the few times I walked down Degrassi Street.

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    2. Oh, is De Grassi Street your "corner?"

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    3. Get offa my corner, Margaret.

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  8. Looks like Normas Starring in an episode of "This is Jinsy"

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    1. PRINNY: Norma can’t dance for shit!

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  9. I remember once when our creative director took us to tour Barneys and Simon gave us a behind the scene tour. He was quite entertaining. And I shop his boyfriends store here in Philly, another talent, Jonathan Alder. Funny how us gays all know each other! I too love when my gin is in me.

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    1. MISTRESS MADDIE: Their apartment’s on happy pills!

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    2. Wouldn't you just love to pop in for tea..? Jx

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