Material Girl. Image shows from L to R: Ali Redcliffe (Lenora Crichlow), Marco Keriliak (Michael Landes). Image credit: Carnival Films.

Material Girl

Romantic comedy about a fashion designer who must battle an evil ex-boss, a devilish business partner and snobby fashionistas

Comedy Drama
2010  (BBC One)
6 (1 series)
Lenora Crichlow, Dervla Kirwan, Michael Landes, O.T. Fagbenle, Nick Blood, Ingrid Oliver, Anna Brewster, Esther Smith, Joanna Kanska, Malcolm Sinclair, Vyelle Croom
Joshua St Johnston, Colin Bytheway, Ben Ockrent, Imogen Edwards-Jones, Jess Williams
Carnival Films

Set in the bustling, creative hot-bed of Brick Lane, Ali Redcliffe sets out to make a name for herself as a fashion designer, in the only way she knows how, through sheer hard work and talent. Alongside Ali is Marco, the mercurial and brilliant business partner who wants to make Ali a star.

Davina Bailey, the scheming designer of the moment, isn't about to give up her crown as queen of fashion though. She is currently the designer every hot star wants to be dressed by.

Alex is Ali's flatmate and best friend from college, but also a designer for Ali's key rival, Davina. Mimi is the wannabe stylist at a leading fashion magazine, and almost as intuitive and brilliant as Ali; and Lydia the model with a face like an angel and the voice of a navvy.

It is the friendships and relationships, the ups and downs, solidarity, extraordinary chemistry and the entwined destinies that are the fabric of Material Girl.

Our Review: The 'comedy' part of the 'comedy drama' label that Material Girl was given by the BBC was, in our opinion, somewhat misleading. Yes there was humour through the series, but no more than can be found in almost any other TV programme.

Thus, those viewers tuning in explicitly for a laugh would have been hugely disappointed. Nonetheless, it was a very enjoyable series, with some cracking drama and a captivating storyline. Whether there will be a second series or not, we're not yet sure; but with the cliffhanger at the end of the final episode, we certainly hope that there is!