Ideal. Image shows from L to R: Moz (Johnny Vegas), Nicki (Nicola Reynolds). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions
Ideal

Ideal

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Three
  • 2005 - 2011
  • 53 episodes (7 series)

Cult BBC Three sitcom starring Johnny Vegas as a small-time drug dealer. A large ensemble cast of characters visit Moz's flat each week. Also features Nicola Reynolds, Tom Goodman-Hill, Sinead Matthews, Ben Crompton, Graham Duff and more.

Ideal. Moz (Johnny Vegas). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2005 - 2011
Channels
BBC Three
Episodes
53 (7 series), plus 1 out-takes special
Creator
Graham Duff
Stars
Johnny Vegas, Nicola Reynolds, Tom Goodman-Hill, Sinead Matthews, Ben Crompton, Graham Duff, Ryan Pope, James Foster and more
Writers
Graham Duff, Tony Burgess and Henry Normal
Directors
Dan Zeff, Ben Gregor, Ben Gosling Fuller and Ben Wheatley
Producers
Ted Dowd, Jane Berthoud, Gill Isles, Henry Normal, Steve Coogan, Kenton Allen and Jon Mountague
Companies

Moz is a small-time hash dealer who lives in a run-down flat. He is a low achiever, and quite happy with it, but his girlfriend Nicki has aspirations for a better life...

The series takes place almost entirely in Moz's flat with his chosen 'profession' serving as the backdrop for a very colourful array of customers and misfits who pass through his life on a daily basis.

After fleeing the UK in order to avoid a possible prison sentence at the end of Series 5, the story goes that Moz and Jenny travelled to several different countries - although Jenny doesn't seem to remember which ones. When they turn up on the doorstep at the start of Series 6, it isn't quite the homecoming they'd hoped for.

For a start, PC, the police constable had taken up residence in Moz's old flat with Moz's ex-girlfriend Nicki. Not only that, but with PC bringing home all the weed he's confiscated, Nicki is now dealing to Moz's original circle of clients and has seriously boosted profits. This series also welcomed a new tenant to the block. Tilly (Janeane Garofalo) is a beautiful, witty, artistic American girl, who runs her own small designer clothes shop: Trash Wednesday.

The seventh series sees Moz's finances hit rock bottom, forcing him to return to his first career; hash dealing. Unfortunately, Nicki is still running her own dealing business from the flat next door. So it isn't long before a price war kicks off, with each desperately trying to undercut the other.

Meanwhile a new gang has hit the streets of Salford which not only threatens Moz and Nicki's dealing businesses, but also their very lives! This deadly gang of killer gingers are known as the Red Mist and are led by the Red King (Rula Lenska).

Additional details

Also known as
  • I Deal (Working title)
Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
The title track is Song Of The Oss by by Candidate. The track is available on the Ideal soundtrack CD (see our merchandise section)

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 11th January 2005 at 10:30pm on BBC Three
Last new broadcast
Thursday 30th June 2011 at 10:30pm on BBC Three
Most recent repeats

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