Flowers – Review

by ChinaBambi

Julian Barratt plays Maurice (author of twisted children?s books The Grubbs) and Olivia Colman plays Deborah (music teacher); a husband and wife who are barely together but yet to divorce. They live with Maurice's fruitcake mother, Hattie, (Leila Hoffman) and their maladjusted twenty five year old twins Amy (Sophie di Martino) and Donald (Daniel Rigby) in a creaky, messy, crumbling old house.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


• About

Dark comedy about the eccentric members of the Flowers family. Maurice and Deborah are barely together but yet to divorce. They live with Maurice’s batty mother and their maladjusted twin children.

• Pass/Fail

Pass: Fantastic cast / characters.. a real eerie dark feeling comedy, feels really new and different to everything else on TV.

Fail: Some scenes could be quite slow but stick with it and don’t get distracted. Its a slow dark comedy which will randomly throw out funny punches. So be ready!

• Standout Performance

Olivia Colman & Sophia Di Martino. (Mother & Daughter)

• Who Will Like This?

Dark comedy fans, people who watch Marcella.

• See It Now or Wait?

See it now on catch up!

• Highlight

The publisher scene with Shun – an emotional roller coaster which then punches you in the face.

• Overall Impression

 “Flowers” is a bit like Marmite. You are going to have to try it to see for yourself whether you love it or hate it.

I’m firmly in the “I love it!” camp. Beautifully shot, fantastic acting, very funny and heartbreaking (in a non-cheesy way).

Although all the characters seem utterly bonkers, we can all recognise their character traits as our own. We are just better at holding it in, and pretending to ourselves that it is not there.

I really hope they commission a second series to go further into this mad family life.

• Trailer



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