Flowers. Image shows from L to R: Amy (Sophia Di Martino), Maurice (Julian Barratt), Deborah (Olivia Colman), Donald (Daniel Rigby). Copyright: Kudos Productions


  • TV comedy drama
  • Channel 4
  • 2016 - 2018
  • 12 episodes (2 series)

Dark comedy following the eccentric Flower family and their struggle to live harmoniously. Stars Olivia Colman, Julian Barratt, Daniel Rigby, Sophia Di Martino, Will Sharpe and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1

An already black day for Maurice turns into a nightmare when Deborah, his wife, insists on celebrating their anniversary. And when Maurice's mother finds evidence of his misery, things worsen. Meanwhile, their dysfunctional twins vie for the affections of their lovely neighbour.

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On its first broadcast, this episode was combined with Episode 2 to form an hour long block. The credits for this episode were shown at the end of the second episode. The combined programme reached approximately 830,000 viewers (5.5%).

Broadcast details

Monday 25th April 2016
Channel 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 1st May 2016 2:05am 4seven
Saturday 7th May 2016 2:50am C4

Cast & crew

Olivia Colman Deborah
Julian Barratt Maurice
Daniel Rigby Donald
Sophia Di Martino Amy
Will Sharpe Shun
Georgina Campbell Abigail
Angus Wright George
Colin Hurley Barry
Hammed Animashaun Ryan
Alistair Green Tommy
Zita Sattar Barbara
Rico Canadinhas Hugo
Leila Hoffman Hattie
Guest cast
Desiree Akhavan Carol (Publisher)
Writing team
Will Sharpe Writer
Katie Carpenter Script Editor
Production team
Will Sharpe Director
Naomi De Pear Executive Producer
Emma Kingsman-Lloyd Producer
Jane Featherstone Executive Producer
Selina MacArthur Editor
Luana Hanson Production Designer
Jamie Cairney Director of Photography
Arthur Sharpe Composer
Taz Modi Composer


Tea Time

Deborah delivers a brew to the workers.

Featuring: Olivia Colman (Deborah), Hammed Animashaun (Ryan), Alistair Green (Tommy) & Colin Hurley (Barry).


TV review: Flowers

A strange and saturnine new drama-comedy series from the pen of Will Sharpe, Flowers opened with Julian Barratt's writer, Maurice Flowers, attempting to hang himself from a tree near his family's rural cottage. It got darker from there.

Ed Potton, The Times, 26th April 2016

Flowers review

A gloriously dark sitcom about depression and rage.

Sam Wollaston, The Guardian, 26th April 2016

Flowers grows on you

True to its title, Flowers needed time to come in to full bloom. Channel 4 played out the first two episodes back to back last night, which is what broadcasters normally do when they want you to know they deem this or that drama or comedy to be An Important Event. In the case of Flowers though, it was a shrewd move.

Benji Wilson, The Telegraph, 26th April 2016

Black comedy normally draws on a juxtaposition between disturbing subject matter and glib humour. Instead, Will Sharpe's six-part series - set in the shambolic rural home of the Flowers family (played by Julian Barrat, Olivia Colman, Daniel Rigby and Sophia Di Martino) and screening every evening across the week - intermingles its knotty and desperately sad plot with the kind of comedy that litters our lives no matter what state they are in. The heartbreaking and hilarious result sets a new standard for situation comedies everywhere.

Rachel Aroesti, The Guardian, 25th April 2016

Flowers: Channel 4's peculiar, poetic comedy treat

Sad, strange and very funny comedy drama Flowers, feat. Olivia Colman and Julian Barratt, starts tonight on Channel 4...

Louisa Mellor, Den Of Geek, 25th April 2016

Flowers review

Having previously co-written and co-directed the acclaimed indie film Black Pond, one of Chris Langham's few projects since his downfall, Will Sharpe can rightly stake a claim to be a genuine comedy auteur on the back of this original and compelling work.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 25th April 2016

TV preview: Flowers, C4

This is not your conventional sitcom then, but nor is it anything like Camping or The Mighty Boosh. It's sitcomland but tipped off its axis in a different direction. There are moments which will make you laugh - particularly the house party from hell in the first episode - but this is a series that stretches the genre to snapping point.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 24th April 2016

Julian Barratt interview

The Mighty Boosh star is back in Flowers, a sitcom about a dysfunctional family. He talks about fatherhood and why he's too grumpy for panel shows.

Hadley Freeman, The Guardian, 24th April 2016

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