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With sun­shine, blue skies and laughs ga­lore, Liv­ing the Dream is the per­fect an­ti­dote to a mis­er­able Jan­uary. re­ports

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In need of some win­ter sun­shine? Why not try Liv­ing the Dream out for size. Penned by the mak­ers of Cold Feet, the Sky One com­edy-drama is check­ing back in for a se­cond se­ries. Fans will be some­what pleased to know the ad­ven­ture — and hi­lar­ity — is far from over for the Pem­ber­ton fam­ily. When we first met Mal and Jen (Philip Glenis­ter and Les­ley Sharp) and their teenage chil­dren Tina and Fred­die (Rosie Day and Brenock O’Con­nor), they were in the throes of a new life, hav­ing moved State­side.

Their vi­sion ver­sus re­al­ity, as you may re­call, proved rather dif­fer­ent, from head­ing up a mis-sold RV Park and fend­ing off rov­ing al­li­ga­tors to deal­ing with an ex-wrestler with a vendetta and a neigh­bour­hood brim­ming with des­per­ate house­wives.

So, what’s changed in a year, you won­der? Quite a lot, as it hap­pens. The Bri­tons have set­tled in sunny Florida for good, spruced up the park with a new tea­room — fol­low­ing last sea­son’s hur­ri­cane — and taken on a new and mys­te­ri­ous res­i­dent (played by Les­lie David Baker) to add to the al­ready eclec­tic bunch.

Mean­while, at home, the Pem­ber­tons have come to ac­cept the Amer­i­can dream will take time. For starters, they’ve stopped liv­ing be­yond their means and have down­sized to an­other house.

They’re also try­ing to con­tend with new kooky neigh­bours, un­ex­pected gun­fire and two teenagers who are quickly grow­ing up. Phew.

It’s a case of self-pro­tec­tion for Mal, when an at­tempted bur­glary trig­gers him to buy a gun — even if that means go­ing be­hind Jen’s back.

“It’s a bit con­tro­ver­sial,” Glenis­ter (55) says of the sub­ject mat­ter. “I was a lit­tle bit con­cerned about that sto­ry­line in a way, be­cause you don’t want to glam­or­ise it, or turn it too much into some­thing that it isn’t.

“So, we were care­ful about how we were go­ing to por­tray that par­tic­u­lar story.”

Will he check on­line for any com­ments once those scenes have aired?

“No, prob­a­bly not,” says the Lon­doner, who is best known for his role as DCI Gene Hunt on the BBC se­ries Life on Mars and its se­quel Ashes to Ashes. “I think the main thing is you don’t sud­denly want — God for­bid — some­thing to hap­pen in Amer­ica, where you have an­other shoot­ing, just as the show is about to go out.”

He con­fides: “If I’m hon­est, that’s my con­cern. Be­cause then you think, ‘Where do we go from here?’ So, we’ll just have to wait and see.”

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