Sugar Rush

Season 1 Episode 1

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6
Aired Tuesday 10:50 PM Jun 07, 2005 on Channel 4
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Meet 15-year-old Kim, who has an earth-shattering, hormone-surging crush on her new best friend, Sugar. Sugar is a bad girl. She's wild, sexy and exciting, and meeting her has turned Kim's world upside down. Kim and family have just moved to sunny Brighton

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Filmed in, Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK

    • The lovely postcard shots of Brighton. As with the Doctor Who episode in Cardiff, they appear to be giving Brighton something back for allowing them to film there.

    • Olivia Hallinan is excellent in the role of Kim. We'd already spotted her talent on childrens TV programmes such as Julia Jekyll And Harriet Hyde and Girls In Love (yes, we watch everything), so it's nice to see her progress to adult drama

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Sugar: Jesus swiped it for me, the little prick.
      Kim: Jesus?
      Sugar: Yeah, Jesus. My brother Jesus. My mom's a Catholic. Got a problem?

    • Kim: (Voice over) Okay, so it's the 21st century. And a 15 year-old using a toothbrush to masturbate about her best friend really shouldn't be that big a deal.

  • NOTES (10)

    • Music for this episode;

      M83 - Teen Angst (also used in trailer and adverts)
      The Faders - No Sleep Tonight
      Fatboy Slim - Praise You
      Estelle - Dance B***h
      Nouvelle Vague - Teenage Kicks
      The Undertones - Teenage Kicks
      The Chemical Brothers - The Big Jump
      Morrisey - That's entertainment
      The Bees - Chicken Payback
      The Black Velvet - Get On Your Life
      Basement Jaxx - Bingo Bang
      Blur - Sweetsong
      Emiliana Torrini - Today Has Been Ok
      Sugababes - Nasty Ghetto
      Parpkasseshow - Like A Virgin

    • It didn't really make much sense that Kim would be attending such a rough school when her parents were the epitome of middle-class dullness.

    • It managed to be romantic and sweet in a realistic, down-to-earth and rough setting.
      The lovely postcard shots of Brighton. As with the Doctor Who episode in Cardiff, they appear to be giving Brighton something back for allowing them to film there.

    • Kim's little brother Matt, who wears a goldfish bowl on his head pretending to be a spaceman, which he does all day every day, even sleeping with the costume on. It caused him problems when he was eating and he made a mashed potato mountain of Close Encounters Of The Third Kind a la Tim from Spaced.

    • Blondie's classic One Way Or Another was the theme tune.

    • The premise of a gay teenager being in love with their best mate was very well handled, and a lot of it rang true especially the line: "She's not gay and I don't want to be". It was also not forced, and was presented as just another problem in Kim's life. Teenage gay issues haven't been dealt with this well on TV since As If. In fact this programme reminded us a lot of As If, which is a real stamp of approval as far as we're concerned.

    • Olivia Hallinan is excellent in the role of Kim. We'd already spotted her talent on childrens TV programmes such as Julia Jekyll And Harriet Hyde and Girls In Love (yes, we watch everything_, so it's nice to see her progress to adult drama.

    • Kim's narration was peppered with some excellent soundbites such as "It's the 21st Century – a 15-year-old using a toothbrush to masturbate over her best friend shouldn't be that big a deal!"

    • It didn't really make much sense that Kim would be attending such a rough school when her parents were the epitome of middle-class dullness.

    • The premise of a gay teenager being in love with their best mate was very well handled, and a lot of it rang true especially the line: "She's not gay and I don't want to be". It was also not forced, and was presented as just another problem in Kim's life. Teenage gay issues haven't been dealt with this well on TV since As If. In fact this programme reminded us a lot of As If, which is a real stamp of approval as far as we're concerned.

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