Trash to treasure
If you’ve seen the long- running British series of the same name, you’ll know all the ins and outs of this American adaptation which borrows heavily from the original. An outrageously bawdy comedy drama, it follows the exploits of a struggling family with six kids that are being raised by the eldest daughter ( Emmy Rossum) as they’ve been allbut abandoned by their single parent father Frank, a partylovin’ loser and raging alcoholic. It’s rare to see this type of sophisticated dramedy centred on the disadvantaged and it works a treat, thanks to the solid writing, the wonderfully wicked set- ups and the talented cast. Yes it’s a rehash, but it’s a good one. And if you’re coming at it with fresh eyes, it’s possibly even an unmissable one. Extras: ½ The featurettes go behind the scenes and show how the creators brought the show to the US, including a look at the casting and their pre- shoot bonding. There’s also a discussion about the show’s sexy business, deleted scenes, a couple of commentaries and a sneak peek at season two.