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Living The Dream. Image shows from L to R: Mal Pemberton (Philip Glenister), Aiden (Leslie Jordan). Copyright: Big Talk Productions
The Pembertons pack up their home in not-so-sunny Yorkshire and head for Florida and the promise of beautiful weather at the Kissimmee Sunshine Park. What dad Mal discovers upon their arrival is ... not quite as he'd expected.

Broadcast details

Thursday 2nd November 2017
Sky One
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 2nd November 2017 9:00pm Sky1
Friday 3rd November 2017 12:10am Sky2
Friday 3rd November 2017 9:00pm Sky2
Saturday 4th November 2017 9:00pm Sky1
Tuesday 5th June 2018 2:00am Sky1
Wednesday 2nd January 2019 9:00pm Sky2

Cast & crew

Philip Glenister Mal Pemberton
Lesley Sharp Jen Pemberton
Rosie Day Tina Pemberton
Brenock O'Connor Freddie Pemberton
Leslie Jordan Aiden
John Crosby Ryan
Regina Curtin Dorothy
Paula Wilcox Maureen
Kevin Nash Troy
Michael Ray Davis Pastor Wilson
Kim Fields Rhoda
Randy Havens Casper
Jimmy Akingbola Paul
Pat Yeary Mrs Apter
Guest cast
Scott Poythress US Visa Official
Anthony Paderewski Tom Jerry
Matthew Brady Dean Bootie
Daryl Shorter County Officer
Writing team
Mick Ford Writer
Sophie Williams Script Editor
Production team
Saul Metzstein Director
James Dean Producer
Luke Alkin Executive Producer
Kenton Allen Executive Producer
Matthew Justice Executive Producer
Simon Curtis Executive Producer
Mick Ford Executive Producer
Jon Mountague Executive Producer
Lynn Appelle Line Producer
Beverley Horne Post Producer
Matthew Cannings Editor
Michael Ralph Production Designer
Nicky Bligh Casting Director
Chad Darnell Casting Director
Michael Hothorn Casting Director
Tim Palmer Director of Photography
Gina Ruiz Costume Designer
Oli Julian Composer
Darren Finch Costume Designer
Randall Ehrmann 1st Assistant Director


Living the Dream: comedy drama at its most lightweight

Living the Dream, Sky1's new six-part series, is billed as a "comedy-drama". No genre makes the heart sink quite so fast. All good comedy is weighted with pathos, just as dramas can be all the bleaker for the odd belly laugh. In British programming, "comedy drama" is a byword for "light viewing," usually a warning that what follows will be neither one thing nor the other.

Ed Cumming, The Telegraph, 2nd November 2017

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