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 2, Episode 5 - How I Got My Turner

The Doonans go deep into the world of Brit Art when they meet rabble-rouser Stacey Bile near the Kate Winslet memorial roundabout. Guest starring Dannii Minogue.

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Beautiful People. Image shows from L to R: Stacey Bile (Alice Lowe), Debbie Doonan (Olivia Colman). Copyright: BBC

Two accidental encounters with Brit Art rabble-rouser Stacey Bile drag the Doonan Family into the bizarre world of galleries and installations. Debbie becomes Stacey's muse when they meet in Jo Ho Yo's hairdressing salon and Debbie recognises her as the woman whose reckless driving round the Kate Winslet memorial roundabout led to a broken arm for Andy and scuffed trainers for Simon.

Meanwhile, Debbie's absence means that Simon and Kylie can learn Indian dance moves from Auntie Hayley, whose cooking results in some urgent trips to the hospital with Hayley - who is blind - at the wheel of the Doonan Drainage van. Debbie runs out of patience with Stacey which results in third party, fire, theft and the Turner Prize. Meanwhile, Hayley sets herself up as a telephone astrologer whose services are called upon by passing songstress Dannii Minogue.

Broadcast details

Friday 11th December 2009
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
Samuel Barnett Adult Simon
Guest cast
Alice Lowe Stacey Bile
Dannii Minogue Self
Writing team
Jonathan Harvey Writer
Production team
David Kerr Director
Justin Davies Producer
Jon Plowman Executive Producer
Mark Lawrence Editor
Dennis De Groot Production Designer
Dan Gillespie Sells Composer
Ian Masterson Composer

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