Material Girl (TV series)
|Written by||Joshua St.Johnston|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Carnival Film & Television|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Picture format||16:9 1080i|
|Original release||14 January– 18 February 2010|
Set in the fashion world, it was inspired by the book Fashion Babylon. It was described in one of the early promotional items as "a romantic comedy about a young fashion designer battling an evil ex-boss, a sexy-but-devilish business partner and snobby fashionistas to get her break in work and love".
- Lenora Crichlow – Ali Redcliffe, a young fashion designer attempting to make a name for herself
- Dervla Kirwan – Davina Bailey, the current hot designer, who is not about to allow an upstart like Ali take her spotlight
- Michael Landes – Marco Keriliak, fashion businessman, Ali's business partner
- O. T. Fagbenle – Chris, motorcycle courier and Ali's ex-boyfriend
- Nick Blood – Alex, Davina's fashion assistant, Ali's friend and gay flatmate
- Ingrid Oliver – Mimi Throckmorton, Ali's friend, stockist at a fashion magazine-cum stylist
- Anna Brewster – Lydia Kane, supermodel and Ali's friend
- Esther Smith – Trish, Ali's studio receptionist
- Joanna Kanska – Dorota, Ali's studio dressmaker
- Malcolm Sinclair – Mitchell Crompton, leading fashion critic
- Sadie Pickering – Louise, works for fashion magazine
- Lindsey Coulson – Christina Redcliffe, Ali's mother
- Anthony Calf – Anthony Chatsworth, an influential fashion magazine editor, had affair with Mimi
- Charlie Carter – Paparazzi, stitches up Lydia Kane for Mitchell
|Episode||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original airdate||Viewers|
|1||"Episode 1"||Cilla Ware||Joshua St Johnston||14 January 2010||3 million|
|2||"Episode 2"||Cilla Ware||Colin Bytheway||21 January 2010||2.8 million|
|3||"Episode 3"||Sarah O'Gorman||Ben Ockrent||28 January 2010||2.6 million|
|4||"Episode 4"||Sarah O'Gorman||Imogen Edwards-Jones||4 February 2010||2.4 million|
|5||"Episode 5"||Philip John||Jess Williams||11 February 2010||2.58 million|
|6||"Episode 6"||Philip John||Colin Bytheway||18 February 2010||1.4 million|
Critical reviews of the series based on the pilot were mixed, with the London Evening Standard calling it a "jaw-droppingly, buttock-clenchingly dreadful pieces of television". Reviewing the first episode for The Guardian, Sam Wollaston said: "OK, it's silly and deeply shallow. It's also gorgeous, fizzy, bitchy, self-indulgent, obviously bad for you but dangerously addictive. Careful, Material Girl could become a habit."
The first series was released in the United Kingdom on DVD on 22 February 2010.
- "Material Girl press pack: introduction". BBC Press Office. 10 August 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
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- Tryhorn, Chris (5 February 2010). "TV ratings: Material Girl out of vogue". guardian.co.uk. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
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- Tryhorn, Chris (18 February 2010). "TV ratings: Arsenal Champion's League game defeats Holby City". guardian.co.uk. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
- Laura Craik (15 January 2010). "A new Sex In The City? You must be joking ... this Material Girl is rubbish". This is London. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
- Wollaston, Sam (15 January 2010). "The Secret Life of Chaos and Material Girl". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 17 January 2010.
- "Material Girl: Series 1 [DVD]". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 17 January 2010.