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