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Sensitive Skin (UK TV series)

Sensitive Skin
Sensitive Skin title card.jpg
Series title card
Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Hugo Blick
Starring Joanna Lumley
Denis Lawson
Annabel Capper
James Lance
Nicholas Jones
Maggie Steed
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12
Producer(s) Hugo Blick
Editor(s) Graham Hodson
Running time approx. 29 mins per episode
Production company(s) Baby Cow Productions
Original network BBC Two
Original release 10 November 2005 (2005-11-10) – 31 July 2007 (2007-07-31)

Sensitive Skin is a BBC television comedy-drama series, produced by Baby Cow Productions for BBC Two. It stars Joanna Lumley and was first broadcast in 2005, with a second series following in 2007. Series 1 and 2 have aired on CBC Country Canada. Series 1 aired in Australia on ABC TV in mid-2007 (repeated 2009).

On 16 April 2008, BBC Video announced a DVD release. Sensitive Skin - The Complete Seasons 1 and 2 — a 2-disc set including all 12 original episodes from the First and Second Seasons – would be released on 5 August 2008.[citation needed]


Plot summaryEdit

Series 1Edit

The first series is about an affluent couple, Al and Davina Jackson (Lumley), who live in metropolitan London. Along with their friends, Al and Davina struggle with sexual temptation and professional jealousy and try to cope with their fear of the future. Al is a pundit for a broadsheet newspaper and is paid to find imperfection in everything, while Davina works in an art gallery and is paid to make life more beautiful. But being 60 isn't simple – the couple's 30-year-old son, Orlando (James Lance), refuses to acknowledge adulthood, and Davina's sister, Veronica (Maggie Steed), and her husband, Roger, intimidate the Jacksons with their confident and controlled grasp of life.

Series 2Edit

The second series sees Davina attempt to start her life again, six months after the death of Al. She embarks on a journey to rediscover personal happiness, however her efforts are hampered by the difficulties she faces in coping with grief alone and Veronica, who is still blaming her for everything she can.

Episode titlesEdit

Unlike the first season, season 2 featured individual episode titles

  • Episode 1: The Wilderness
  • Episode 2: Three Lost Loves
  • Episode 3: The Signals
  • Episode 4: Forever Jung
  • Episode 5: Kiss of Life
  • Episode 6: Here I Am

Main Cast: Season 2Edit

Recurring CastEdit

Minor CastEdit

  • Simon Day as Mike (Episode 1)
  • Denise Black as Mike's wife (Episode 1)
  • Adam Rayner as Greg (Episode 1)
  • Lucinder Millward as Estate Agent (Episode 1)
  • Patrick Malahide as Leonard Richards (Episode 5)
  • Simon Williams (actor) as Matthew Clasper (Episode 5)
  • Deddie Davies as Deddie (Episode 2)
  • Blanche Williams as Blanche (Episode 2)
  • Sheila Collings as Sheila (Episode 2)
  • Dinah Nicholson as Woman 1 (Episode 2)
  • Marina Morgan as Woman 2 (Episode 2)
  • Keeley Dellar as Woman 3 (Episode 2)
  • Cate MacKenzie as Woman 4 (Episode 2)
  • Sophie Wu as Lucy (Episode 2)
  • Eileen Essell as Davina and Veronica's mother (Episode 3)
  • Nigel Terry as George Laughton Quentin Evelyn Henry Fitzgerald, a.k.a. Al (Episode 6)
  • Toby Longworth as Guest (Episode 6)


The series garnered great critical reception, praising the performances and the melancholic style, which set it apart from the standard cringe-driven comedies that had been in wide circulation since The Office. Public reception was also good, with people appreciating the return of Joanna Lumley and warming to the sparse comedic style.[1]

"One of the best pieces of television in years... Sensitive Skin, a portrait of a disturbingly disconnected ageing beauty whose marriage gradually disintegrates, is part comedy, part poignant drama, and is one of the finest performances of Lumley’s 38-year career" Jasper Gerard, Sunday Times[2]

DVD releaseEdit

Sensitive Skin - The Complete Seasons 1 and 2 was released on Region 1 DVD on 5 August 2008. The two-disc collection includes all 12 episodes from the first and second seasons.[citation needed]

Canadian adaptationEdit

A Canadian adaptation, starring Kim Cattrall, Don McKellar, Elliott Gould, and Colm Feore, premiered in fall 2014 on Movie Central and The Movie Network.[3] The 6-episode first season is written by Bob Martin and directed by Don McKellar.[3]


  1. ^ Joy of Six: Joanna Lumley's TV career The Guardian. 11 November 2008
  2. ^ Lumley, the grandmother of reinvention Sunday Times. 30 October 2005
  3. ^ a b Vlessing, Etan (October 31, 2013). "Kim Cattrall to play lead in Canadian Adaptation of BBC Dramedy 'Sensitive Skin'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 

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