Beautiful People. Copyright: BBC
Beautiful People

Beautiful People

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 2008 - 2009
  • 12 episodes (2 series)

Sitcom about the young family life of window-dresser Simon Doonan, based upon the memoirs of the fashionista of the same name. Stars Olivia Colman, Meera Syal, Aidan McArdle, Luke Ward-Wilkinson, Layton Williams and more.

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Series 1, Episode 4 - How I Got My Posh

Birthdays have never been easy for Simon, especially when the whole school finds out what he really really wants. Meanwhile Ashlene meets a flasher and Aunty Hayley feels loved and a whole lot more.

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Beautiful People. Image shows from L to R: Simon Doonan (Luke Ward-Wilkinson), Kyle (Layton Williams). Copyright: BBC

Simon dresses his neon-lit, queens-themed window display in Barneys and places a tiny crown on the head of a Posh Spice doll.

Back in Reading in 1997, Simon assumes his obsession with Posh Spice is a secret until a birthday wish for a doll is inadvertently broadcast on the school tannoy system.

Determined to cheer their son up, Debbie seeks a cut-price version from her hairdresser, Tameka Empson. Meanwhile, Andy takes Simon for a spot of football to try to 'butch him up' a bit, and he becomes surprisingly good at it.


The music in this episode includes a specially recorded duet by Dannii and Kylie Minogue, who perform Abba's The Winner Takes It All.

Broadcast details

Thursday 23rd October 2008
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Olivia Colman Debbie Doonan
Meera Syal Aunty Hayley
Aidan McArdle Andy Doonan
Luke Ward-Wilkinson Simon Doonan
Layton Williams Kyle
Sophie Ash Ashlene Doonan
Sarah Niles Reba
Samuel Barnett Adult Simon
Gary Amers Sacha
Tameka Empson Tameka
Josh Handley Jayeson Jackson
Guest cast
Michelle Butterly Miss Perrin
John Catterall Policeman
Carley Lenchner Victoria Beckham
David Schaal Billy Bingo
Writing team
Jonathan Harvey Writer
Production team
Gareth Carrivick Director
Justin Davies Producer
Jon Plowman Executive Producer
Mark Lawrence Editor
Dennis De Groot Production Designer

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