living the dream
living the dream
Starts 2 November at 9pm on Sky 1
Written & Created by
Episode 5 written by
Saul Metzstein and Philippa Langdale
Luke Alkin, Kenton Allen, Simon Curtis, Mick Ford, Matthew Justice
Philip Glenister, Lesley Sharp, Rosie Day, Brenock O’Connor, Leslie Jordan, Paula Wilcox, Jimmy Akingbola, with Kevin Nash and Kim Fields
Episodes / Duration
6 x 60 mins
Living The Dream is a comedy-drama about a British family, The Pembertons – husband Mal, wife Jen and two kids Tina (17) and Freddie (15) – who decide it’s time to leave grey, old England for good, and move themselves lock, stock and barrel to the Sunshine State of Florida. Mal’s bought a decaying RV Park for his business with big plans to renovate, Jen’s getting involved with the desperate housewives of the neighbourhood, and the kids are plunged into High School.
It soon turns out, however, that they are not living the dream they hoped. Before they’ve even settled in, Mal’s discovered that the residents of the park are not exactly thrilled to meet their new owner – especially ex-wrestler, Troy, who sets a few alligators on him as a welcome present. Plus, there are huge money worries from the get-go.
Jen’s getting on famously with their neighbour, Rhoda, but the other ladies in the street are already scheming to turn her into one of them, while her focus is less on transforming herself and more on transforming the park into a profitable business with her husband.
And the kids are discovering that High School is no picnic. Freddie is lonely and finding it hard to make new friends. Tina’s struggling to fit in, until she catches the eye of school quarterback, Conan, on the athletics field, and their chemistry builds. But Conan has a very different approach to dating than the one Tina has back home, and she’s learning fast that she isn’t in England anymore.
Written by Mick Ford (The Five, Single Father and the BAFTA-nominated William and Mary), Living The Dream is a wonderfully observed comedy-drama of the classic culture clash between Britain and America. Full of great storylines and warm, eccentric characters, it’s a big, new series about how the love of your family and the support of your new friends can get you through the nightmare of discovering that achieving a dream is not as easy as it seems – especially if you are divided by a common language.
“Swells with calamitous fun”
“Delightfully warm…highly pleasurable”
“You’ll love this sunny new Sky drama”
“Benefits greatly from casting Philip Glenister and Lesley Sharp”