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.
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.