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Gimme Gimme Gimme is a BBC television comedy by Tiger Aspect Productions that ran for three series between 1999 and 2001. It was written by Jonathan Harvey, who appeared in three episodes; as a guest at the series 1 wedding, once as make-up artist Louis, and then as a customer in a sofa store. The theme song was a cover of ABBA's "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! ". It was filmed in front of a live studio audience in Studio 2 at The London Studiosmarker, South Bank, Londonmarker, Englandmarker. A 4th series was to be aired for 2002 but the BBC decided that the show was not needed and was therefore axed.

Premise

Gimme Gimme Gimme stars comedienne and director Kathy Burke as loudmouthed Londonermarker Linda La Hughes and James Dreyfus as her gay flatmate Tom. Much of Gimme Gimme Gimme's humour springs from its lubricious innuendo subplot, which springs from the mouths of both Tom and Linda.

Linda is characterised by her red perm, white glasses, and lycra-clad figure. While being boorish and unattractive, Linda is convinced she is a "stunner", and is diagnosed with reversed body dysmorphic disorder in series three. Linda shares a flat with homosexual actor Tom Farrell, played by James Dreyfus. It is suggested that Linda and Tom first met at a club, bonded instantly (due to both being on ecstasy) and decided to live together. What follows is, as writer Jonathan Harvey describes, "one long come-down". Linda often tells humorous anecdotes about her family and childhood which suggest abuse or neglect (such as how she apparently lived in a kennel, slept on a doormat as a baby and how her aunt left her in a car boot for two weeks to go on holiday); however Linda always thinks of these as positive experiences. She also alleges her father now lives in an iron lung although the only proof she has of this is a photo of a sideboard. Linda also lived in a convent and a borstal as a teenager. She has crushes on Liam Gallagher (whom she lost interest in after series one as she "couldn't bring up another bird's child"), Robbie Williams and both male members of Hear'Say. She also imagines having sex with Dale Winton in a toilet cubicle.Tom is melodramatic yet fails in his desire to get acting roles. He believes himself to be truly gifted in the art of acting, and often blames his failures on his agent or society itself. He did appear in one episode of EastEnders and often brags about it, delaying for as long as he can the fact that he was in one scene, had one line and did nothing but buy a cagoule from a stall from Bianca Jackson. He also appeared in Daylight Robbery as an extra standing in a queue in the background. He had one line but it was cut due to timekeeping. He insists that the entire series was ruined due to the axing of his line. Tom has an obsession with appearing to be middle class even though he hails from a working class background, possibly because he also has a hatred of his parents. It is often suggested that Tom has no friends whatsoever (apart from Linda and his housemates) but unlike Linda he usually tries to pretend he is popular. Tom is in love with the actor Simon Shepherd.

Although they appear to loathe each other Tom and Linda are beholden to each other due to the simple fact that nobody else can tolerate them. They are in many ways very alike, selfish, unsuccessful, and physically and personally unattractive. The hapless duo live in a Kentish Townmarker flat (69 Paradise Passage, Kentish Town) rented from elderly ex-prostitute Beryl Merit (Rosalind Knight). Other regular characters are the middle class Jez (Brian Bovell) and his wife Suze (Beth Goddard), a horny couple. Many of the storylines revolve around the fact Tom and Linda find Jez sexually attractive while both have a hatred (particularly Linda) for the oblivious Suze. Another returning character is Sugar Walls (Elaine Lordan), Linda's celebrity sister. However many of the other characters can be just as hapless as Tom and Linda; Beryl still engages in sexual activities such as S&M and picking up young and married men while Jez and Suze generally lack common sense. For example, they once cancel their holiday to the Algarve and pay £500 to stay in their own back garden instead after Linda opens it up as a camp site.

Guest appearances have been made by Simon Shepherd, Su Pollard, Charlie Condou and Rose Keegan. When Su Pollard (playing Heidi Honeycombe) made her appearance, it led to a pun where Linda greeted her with the words "Heidi! Hi!" (a reference to Pollard's character in the sitcom Hi-de-Hi!).

At the end of series three, Tom left the flat having finally got his big break in TV soap opera Crossroads. The last episode ended with Linda taking off her hair (revealing it to be a wig) and sitting in the flat alone.

Cast

Actor Character
Kathy Burke Linda La Hughes
James Dreyfus Tom Farrell
Brian Bovell Jez Littlewood
Beth Goddard Suze Littlewood
Rosalind Knight Beryl Merit


Characters

Regular

Linda La Hughes - Linda is a middle-aged woman who is quite ugly and usually wears flamboyant clothing. Linda seems to take any opportunity to bluntly flirt with any man she sees. She is delusional about her appearance, hence being diagnosed with reversed body dysmorphic disorder in the series 3 episode "Trauma". Her age is uncertain but has given herself many young ages e.g. 16, 18, 19, 23 and 28. In the series two episode "Dirty Thirty", it says on her birth certificate that she is 39, however in the series 3 episode "Secrets and Flies" she comes into contact with her 28 year old son and she says she was 15 when she gave birth, meaning she must be 43. She seems to have had a disturbed childhood, although she thinks it was normal. Her mother died when she was a child and her dad hides from her despite Linda thinking he is in an iron lung.

Tom Farrell - Tom is a thirty year old wannabe actor who has only had small roles on TV and on stage but is actually a bad actor. Tom is openly gay and always takes every possible opportunity to get a boyfriend. Throughout series 1 he refers many times to using Ecstasy while out clubbing, and at one point Tom actually has a trip after taking Ecstasy on a night out clubbing. He also tends to exaggerate a lot. At the end of series 3, he moves to Nottingham to join the cast of Crossroads.

Jez Littlewood - Jez is Tom and Linda's neighbour. When Tom and Linda first meet Jez they think one of them has slept with him, but actually he had just slept on the sofa.

Suze Littlewood - Suze is Jez's wife. She can sometimes be nice but on other occasions she can be hyper-active and slightly bitchy. She and Jez tend to have sex quite a lot and in the series 3 episode "Secrets and Flies", she gives birth to their baby Lee.

Beryl Merit - Beryl is Tom, Linda, Jez and Suze's elderly landlady. She is a retired prostitute but tends to still be involved in criminal activities. In the series 2 episode "Glad to Be Gay", she is seen to be an escort.

Recurring

Norma - Norma is Tom's agent and appears throughout all three of the series.

Sugar Walls - Sugar (Birthname Sharon La Hughes) is Linda's famous sister. She appears once in series 1 and again in series 2 but not in series 3.

Episodes

Series 1: 1999

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Millennium special: 1999

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Series 2: 2000

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Series 3: 2001

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