Bad Sugar. Joan Cauldwell (Olivia Colman). Image credit: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Bad Sugar

Spoof telenovela style melodrama written by Bain & Armstrong, and starring Olivia Colman, Julia Davis and Sharon Horgan

Channel 4's Funny Fortnight
2012  (Channel 4)
1 Pilot
Olivia Colman, Julia Davis, Sharon Horgan, Peter Serafinowicz, Reece Shearsmith, David Bradley, Kayvan Novak, Derek Riddell, Jonjo O'Neill, Trixiebelle Harrowell, Julia Deakin
Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong, Olivia Colman, Julia Davis, Sharon Horgan
Tiger Aspect Productions

Bad Sugar centres on a dysfunctional, wealthy mining dynasty, with an ailing patriarch and some greedy siblings.

It's a peculiarly British take on telenovela style melodramas, played for laughs.

This pilot, written by Peep Show's Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, stars three of Britain's best comic actresses: Olivia Colman, Julia Davis and Sharon Horgan.

Bad Sugar. Image shows from L to R: Simon (Kayvan Novak), Rolph Cauldwell (Peter Serafinowicz), Lucy Cauldwell (Sharon Horgan), Ralphfred Cauldwell (David Bradley), Joan Cauldwell (Olivia Colman), Daphne Cauldwell (Julia Davis), Greg (Reece Shearsmith), Rodrigo (Derek Riddell). Image credit: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Our Review: We weren't won over by this pilot - whilst it wasn't by any means a wash-out, the humour felt scant, largely relying on spoofing a type of particularly over-dramatic soap opera that isn't known on British television. Others took far more readily to the format, however, including Channel 4, who saw enough merit to swiftly commission a full six-part series.

However, the programme's high calibre of talent - both on and off screen - ultimately proved to be its demise. With the schedules of actors and writers alike unable to be matched, the series was quietly cancelled.