Sunshine 1.02 (2008, TV) – 8/10 review

Steve Coogan: Bing
Bernard Hill: George
Lisa Millett: Bernadette
Dominic Senior: Joe
Writer: Craig Cash
Writer: Phil Mealey
Producer: John Rushton
Director: Craig Cash
Phil Mealey: Andy
Craig Cash: Bob
Executive Producer: Craig Cash
Executive Producer: Phil Mealey

Sunshine 1.02 Sunshine Season 1 Episode 2 (2008)

Bernadette throws Bing out after his last straw act of betting the Disneyland fund away"on a sure thing." She tells him they will not be getting back together again but Bing doesn’t really believe her. Now living back at home with his dad, Bing continues on with his life and gambling habits believing everything will work itself out when he finally hits big.

8/10

Beautifully put together with some great writing and acting. Even in troubled times, most people still get on with most of their day-to-day lives and frequently disguise their disappointment in themselves or their circumstances through humour but it’s not something you often see in dramas. This is entirely convincing and highly recognisable as, this week, we concentrate on the break-up of the relationship between Bing and Bernadette. It starts and ends with high emotion but wisely keeps the in-between bits snappy, entertaining and on a fairly even keel. This makes the emotional hits resonate deeper, helped by Steve Coogan who, while largely terrific last week, is 100% perfect.

This Sunshine episode contains mild swear words, adult dialogue.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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