Gimme Gimme Gimme
Starring Kathy Burke
and James Dreyfus
Written by Jonathon Harvey
This sitcom from Tiger Aspect (makers of the Vicar of Dibley) is watched by almost
seven million people and regularly wins more viewers than any other programme
on BBC2. The second series has developed to concentrate more on the characters than
the wacky storylines, with less bitchiness between the two flatmates while Linda
reinforces her high opinion of herself and Tom looks on with disgust.
Kathy Burke is in fine form as the luscious Linda La Huges, the self-described
'Auburn Jerry Hall', who lives her life trying to fend off romantic approaches from
every man who sets eyes on her (or so she thinks!)
James Dreyfus is wonderful as Tom Farrell, the undiscovered acting genius gagging
for his big break on the route to stardom. He dreams of being rescued from his dull
existance by Peak Practice's Simon Shepherd, his knight in shining armour.
Gimme Gimme Gimme follows Linda and Tom as they try to put up with each other and
find the perfect man. The script is so over the top that you just have to laugh,
however un-PC it may be! Linda's foul mouth might be vulgar and offensive coming
from anyone other than Kathy Burke, who carries off the role with comfortable ease
and leads the audience to sympathise with Linda rather than hate her.
The second series is less crude than the first, with less double entendres and less
of the characters simply yelling abuse at each other. As a result the programme
is much funnier and has been winning over more and more followers.
The millenium edition featured in my opinion, one of the most hilarious
scenes I've ever seen on television. Self obsessed and brain-dead Linda plays
charades with Tom, who points at Linda during his mime and at once she offers:
"No, what are you?"
"Perfect, Perfect Day!"
Classic. But maybe you've got to see it!)
"I should've been black. It's only a fluke of nature that I weren't."
(On Madonna) "She is looking so rough in't she?"
Speaking about the Royle Family; Linda says “I hope they’re not on tonight. Moaning
Northern ponces… You know that docusoap, the one where they all sit around talking
about television and smoking” (Linda of course is staring at the TV clutching a
cigarette!) “How many people do you know that actually do that?”
Linda yells at the telly, “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? What a rip off! Phone a
friend? What if you haven’t got any friends?”
On herself: “I’m naturally funny. D’you know, sometimes I walk down the street and
people just burst out laughing”.
“Oh my God who’s that gorgeous creature? Oh my God it’s me!”
Sound Clips - Linda La Hughes (© BBC)
Linda shows compassion
shorter clips: (fun to have on your computer!)
Episode Guides - Series 1 & Millenium * Series 2
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