Series 2 expected in July
Sky1 comedy drama about a dysfunctional family living in Derbyshire. Written by Matt King and Steve Edge
- Comedy Drama
- 2012 (Sky1)
- 8 (1 series)
- Brendan Coyle, Lesley Sharp, Steve Edge, Matt King, Alan Williams, Rebecca Night, Ukweli Roach, Finn Atkins, John Dagleish
- Matt King, Steve Edge
- Baby Cow Productions
Starlings follows the lives of a typical working-class brood who live near Matlock in Derbyshire. Granddad has recently moved in, following a rabble-rousing incident at the old folks' home. Rather than see him unhappy, Terry and his warm-hearted wife, Jan, decide to move his father in to their already crammed family home.
Making room for him is Charlie, their 16-year-old football-crazy tomboy daughter; work-shy, reptile enthusiast, Gravy; and beautiful Bell and her brand new baby, Zac, who arrives bang on time for the first episode. Then there's Bell's ex-boyfriend, Reuben, trying to get back with her.
Uncle Loz, Granddad's long-lost son and the artist of the family; and last, but not least, Jan's nephew, Fergie, who offers to bivouac in the garden, after being made homeless when his long-suffering partner chucks him out. And that's it, Starlings - a fully-fledged functional family.
Producer Steve Coogan says: "We are very excited about this smart but accessible new television series which will make people laugh and cry in equal measure for all the right reasons." Henry Normal added: "Matt King and Steve Edge have written a brilliant, warm and funny series and we are really excited to be producing it for Sky."
Our Review: A second series has already been ordered.