Flowers (TV series)

Genre Black comedy[1]
Created by Will Sharpe
Directed by Will Sharpe
Starring Julian Barratt
Olivia Colman
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Diederick Santer
Producer(s) Naomi De Pear
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Kudos
Original network Channel 4 (United Kingdom)
Seeso (United States)
Original release 25 April 2016
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Flowers is a British black comedy TV series written by Will Sharpe and starring Olivia Colman and Julian Barratt. It was commissioned by the British broadcaster Channel 4, in association with the American TV streaming service Seeso.[2] The series premiered with two episodes on 25 April 2016, and was broadcast daily during the week, ending on 29 April.[3][1] In America, all 6 episodes were released online on 5 May 2016.[4]


The series follows the Flowers family, consisting of depressed father and children's author Maurice (Barratt); music teacher wife Deborah (Colman), their 25-year-old twin children: inventor son Donald (Daniel Rigby) and lesbian musician daughter Amy (Sophia Di Martino); Maurice's senile mother Hattie (Leila Hoffman); and Maurice's gay Japanese illustrator Shun (Sharpe).



Series 1 (2016)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. airdateUK viewers
11"Episode 1"Will SharpeWill Sharpe25 April 2016 (2016-04-25)5 May 20161.26[5]
"An already black day for Maurice turns into a nightmare when Deborah, his wife, insists on celebrating their anniversary. And when Maurice's mother finds evidence of his misery, things worsen."[6]
22"Episode 2"Will SharpeWill Sharpe25 April 2016 (2016-04-25)5 May 20161.26[5]
"Maurice needs to be honest with his family, but under the stress of the gathering at the hospital, is steered towards a new revelation by Deborah."[6]
33"Episode 3"Will SharpeWill Sharpe26 April 2016 (2016-04-26)5 May 20160.94[5]
"Deborah's sister Viv comes to visit, stirring up the family, especially Deborah's suspicions about Maurice. Meanwhile Amy has a secret she wants to tell Maurice."[6]
44"Episode 4"Will SharpeWill Sharpe27 April 2016 (2016-04-27)5 May 2016N/A
"Maurice has been dropped by the Carols, while Deborah is regretting her night with Barry. Amy and Abigail get closer, much to Donald's upset."[6]
55"Episode 5"Will SharpeWill Sharpe28 April 2016 (2016-04-28)5 May 2016N/A
"The Flowers family are caught in a storm as Maurice makes a final bid to tell the truth."[6]
66"Episode 6"Will SharpeWill Sharpe29 April 2016 (2016-04-29)5 May 20160.86[5]
"The family are severed as Deborah considers her future, while Barry gives Maurice a shock"[6]


Initial reviews for the series were positive. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes rated it 100% "fresh" based on 6 reviews.[7] The Guardian praised the series and called it "a gloriously dark sitcom about depression and rage".[8] New York Times also reviewed it positively saying, "Flowers isn’t really about any particular story. It’s a portrait — a weird, Edward Gorey-like portrait of a family with loves, suspicions and insecurities, perhaps not all that different from yours, after all."[9]


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