Flowers (TV series)
|Created by||Will Sharpe|
|Directed by||Will Sharpe|
|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|
Channel 4 (United Kingdom)|
Seeso (United States)
|Original release||25 April 2016|
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. The series premiered with two episodes on 25 April 2016, and was broadcast daily during the week, ending on 29 April. In America, all 6 episodes were released online on 5 May 2016.
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).
- Olivia Colman as Deborah Flowers
- Julian Barratt as Maurice Flowers
- Will Sharpe as Shun
- Daniel Rigby as Donald Flowers
- Sophia Di Martino as Amy Flowers
- Leila Hoffman as Hattie Flowers
- Georgina Campbell as Abigail
- Angus Wright as George
Series 1 (2016)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. airdate||UK viewers|
|1||1||"Episode 1"||Will Sharpe||Will Sharpe||25 April 2016||5 May 2016||1.26|
|"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."|
|2||2||"Episode 2"||Will Sharpe||Will Sharpe||25 April 2016||5 May 2016||1.26|
|"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."|
|3||3||"Episode 3"||Will Sharpe||Will Sharpe||26 April 2016||5 May 2016||0.94|
|"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."|
|4||4||"Episode 4"||Will Sharpe||Will Sharpe||27 April 2016||5 May 2016||N/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."|
|5||5||"Episode 5"||Will Sharpe||Will Sharpe||28 April 2016||5 May 2016||N/A|
|"The Flowers family are caught in a storm as Maurice makes a final bid to tell the truth."|
|6||6||"Episode 6"||Will Sharpe||Will Sharpe||29 April 2016||5 May 2016||0.86|
|"The family are severed as Deborah considers her future, while Barry gives Maurice a shock"|
Initial reviews for the series were positive. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes rated it 100% "fresh" based on 6 reviews. The Guardian praised the series and called it "a gloriously dark sitcom about depression and rage". 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."
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