Blue Heaven

Frank Sandford has big hopes for his pop duo, Blue Heaven, but his home life is less than satisfactory

Strand:
Bunch Of Five
AKA:
Bunch Of Five: Blue Heaven
Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
1992 - 1994  (Channel 4)
Episodes:
7 (pilot + 1 series)
Starring:
Frank Skinner, Conleth Hill, Paula Wilcox, John Forgeham, Nadim Sawalha, Peter Corey
Writers:
Frank Skinner
Production:
Fine Time Film & Television

Frank Sandford has big hopes for his pop duo, Blue Heaven, but his home life is less than satisfactory. His father, Jim, is a local hard man whose favourite son is in prison, while his mother can only be described as the perfect match. Despite the lack of parental support he is determined that he should succeed as a pop star and that his favourite football team, West Bromwich Albion, will win the cup!

Our Review: If you're a fan of Frank Skinner then this comedy was a classic example of his early work. Although lacking the immediacy of his stand-up material he did use a narrative style of talking to camera in order to progress the storyline. The choice of filming rather than using a studio audience may have been a mistake as many scenes cried out for the familiar laughter track.

Overall, a fair attempt at sitcom, but execution often lacked and that missing laughter led to many scenes feeling more depressing than amusing.