Sunshine 1.03 (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 1.03 Sunshine Season 1 Episode 3 (2008)

Making the breakthrough of realising he needs and asking for help, Bing setts off on the road to recovery. George is thrilled to see his son begin to turn things around before his anticipated demise but doesn’t stop trying to help with every last breath.


Nice climax to a good mini-series marked by good humour, recognisable humanity and convincing acting. There’s always the concern that filmmakers these days will always choose the darker outcome but Craig Cash and Phil Mealey resist that temptation and instead provide an uplifting, if emotional, ending. Though it didn’t draw a terribly big audience for the time slot, this has been a high quality show for the BBC and, unusually and applaudably, has a distinct lack of objectionable material (there’s no sex, no violence, and only occasional mild bad language).

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.


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