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Sensitive Skin


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2/6. A chance meeting with an old school friend prompts Davina to start looking back on her childhood, and when her mother suffers another stroke, she literally returns to old haunts. Meanwhile, Al meets an old flame and media grandee. Guest-starring Frances de la Tour, and there's a cameo from writer Hugo Blick.
Writer/Producer/Director Hugo Blick (AD) Hitchcock syndrome: page 67; The Inside Story: page

COMEDY DRAMA Sensitive Skin
10.00pm BBC2 Al and Davina's minimalist flat reflects the clean lines of their drama. This is pared-down, low-key television: it may take a while to get on their wavelength, but it's worth it when you do.
Davina, the chic ex-model, is again lost in pensive melancholy, and it's a mood that Joanna Lumley plays to perfection. When she bumps into an old schoolfriend, the encounter only reminds her of what she hasn't achieved in life. Al (Denis Lawson) also runs into an old flame, a media harridan played with lethal gusto by Frances de la Tour. DB

THE INSIDE STORY Usually actors are judged on how they deliver lines. But when Hugo Blick, the writer of Sensitive Skin (10.00pm BBC2), first worked with Joanna Lumley on BBC2's series of monologues Up in Town (shown in 2002), it wasn't her voice that dazzled him. "I was very taken with her sense of stillness," says Blick. "One of the things she used to do when I was sitting having coffee with her, usually discussing anything but the script, was go into complete silence. Maybe that's because she hoped I would leave! But also I kind of think that's a quality to her character, that she can just become very still it's as if she can go on standby."


Unknown: Hugo Blick.
Director: Hugo Blick
Davina Jackson: Joanna Lumley
Al Jackson: Denis Lawson
Orlando Jackson: James Lance
Sarah Thorne: Frances de la Tour
Tracy Vernon: Marlene Sidaway
Colin Powell: Andrew Alston
Lyn Malcolms: Emma Buckley
Rest home owner: Selina Cadell
Gl Johnson: Hugo Blick

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