Sensitive Skin (TV series)
Series title card
|Created by||Hugo Blick|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Running time||approx. 29 mins per episode|
|Production company(s)||Baby Cow Productions|
|Original channel||BBC Two|
|Original run||10 November 2005– 31 July 2007|
Sensitive Skin is a British black comedy/drama, produced by Baby Cow Productions for BBC Two. It stars Joanna Lumley and first aired 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.
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 jealously 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.
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.
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.
"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
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.
American premium cable network HBO has announced an upcoming adaptation of the show starring Kim Cattrall of Sex and the City fame. The US version will be written by Emmy-winning The Sopranos writers Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green and will take place in New York City. Sensitive Skin falls under a development deal Cattrall inked with HBO when she signed on for the Sex and the City feature. Cattrall, Burgess, Green and Blick are exec producing with Henry Normal, whose Baby Cow Prods. was behind the British series.
- Joy of Six: Joanna Lumley's TV career The Guardian. 11 November 2008
- Lumley, the grandmother of reinvention Sunday Times. 30 October 2005
- Serpe, Gina (2 June 2008). "HBO: (Samantha) Jonesing for More Sex". E! Entertainment Television. Retrieved 28 October 2012.