Material Girl. Image shows from L to R: Marco Keriliak (Michael Landes), Ali Redcliffe (Lenora Crichlow), Chris (O-T Fagbenle), Davina Bailey (Dervla Kirwan). Copyright: Carnival Films.

Material Girl

BBC One comedy drama. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2010. Stars Lenora Crichlow, Dervla Kirwan, Michael Landes, O-T Fagbenle, Nick Blood, Ingrid Oliver, Anna Brewster and others.

Series 1, Episode 2

Will Ali ever be able to trust the two men in her life? Chris, who has been receiving mysterious texts in the middle of the night? Or Marco, who has agreed a deal with a new backer, testing Ali's creative integrity to the max? As for Davina, she is on a mission to close them down.

Further details

Material Girl. Image shows from L to R: Caroline (Holly Aird), Ali Redcliffe (Lenora Crichlow). Copyright: Carnival Films.

Things are hotting up with Ali and new boyfriend Chris, but Ali fears that she'll mess everything up by being mistrustful. A second date goes off without a hitch until she secretly reads a text message asking Chris to meet someone the following day. Ali makes an ill-judged decision to follow him and is totally thrown when she spies a young girl calling him daddy!

Chris is appalled by her antics and Ali fears she has totally blown her chances with him. After much soul-searching with best friend Alex, she realises she's the one that can't be trusted, not Chris.

Meanwhile, Ali's faith in Marco is dashed when she discovers they have no financial backing for their business. Well, they might have if Ali manages to impress powerhouse couple Caroline and Nick. But they insist on having a creative input in the form of a "synthetic fabric" that Ali has to use in her collection. Ali is furious, but Marco insists this is their only option if they want to have a business. At the same time, Davina is trying to sue Ali, so it looks as though Ali's business dreams are in tatters on all fronts...

Broadcast details

Thursday 21st January 2010
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Lenora Crichlow Ali Redcliffe
Dervla Kirwan Davina Bailey
Michael Landes Marco Keriliak
O-T Fagbenle Chris
Nick Blood Alex
Ingrid Oliver Mimi Throckmorton
Anna Brewster Lydia Kane
Esther Smith Trish
Joanna Kanska Dorota
Vyelle Croom Orlando
Guest cast
Lucy Holt Fenella
Sadie Pickering Louise
Anthony Calf Anthony
Holly Aird Caroline
Michael Higgs Scott
David James Easter (as David Easter) Nick
Severn Brand Rose
Darren Clarke Bailiff
Tristam Summers Alex's Friend
Writing team
Colin Bytheway Writer
Katy Harmer Script Editor
Production team
Cilla Ware Director
Chrissy Skinns Producer
Polly Hill Executive Producer
Gareth Neame Executive Producer
Sally Woodward Gentle Executive Producer
Mike Phillips Editor
James Lewis Production Designer
John Lunn Composer
Jim Williams Composer


A Sordid Little Word

Davina tries to bribe Alex.

Featuring: Lenora Crichlow (Ali Redcliffe), Dervla Kirwan (Davina Bailey), O-T Fagbenle (Chris), Nick Blood (Alex).

Is He Cheating?

Mimi and Ali spy on Chris.

Featuring: Lenora Crichlow (Ali Redcliffe), Ingrid Oliver (Mimi Throckmorton).


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