Flowers series 2

The blooming marvellous Flowers returns!

Olivia Colman, Julian Barratt and their dysfunctional clan are back for a glorious second series

From defying genre to attracting Oscar-winning fans, this outstanding British sitcom needs no introduction...

Flowers, weekdays from Monday 11 June, 10pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141). Also available for 7 days in Catch Up > Channels > All 4

But, if you missed the first series, maybe one would help. Flowers follows the chaos of one peculiar family. There’s Maurice Flowers (Julian Barratt, The Mighty Boosh), a disillusioned children’s author who is struggling with depression. There’s his wife Deborah (Olivia Colman, Broadchurch), a trombone teacher who is dogged in her attempts to win affection from him. Then there’s the twins, inventor Donald (Daniel Rigby, Big School) and musician Amy (Sophia Di Martino, Mount Pleasant). Oh, and there’s Shun (played by the show’s creator, Will Sharpe), Maurice’s Japanese illustrator who lives at the bottom of the garden. 

 

Torn apart by their disdain for one another, and united by their general disappointment in life, the family struggles to make it through each day – the laughs grow out of their attempts to fix their relationships with masking tape.


The first series was met with rapturous applause from audiences and critics, mental health organisations and even Hollywood director Paul Thomas Anderson (who described it with words too sweary – but in a good way – to put here). In this new second series, we return to the Flowers a couple of years later, beginning with Maurice and Deborah attempting to patch things up with some time away in the country. Deborah is about to publish a self-help book about living with her husband’s depression, Donald has started an independent plumbing business and Amy is part of an all-female music group, The Pink Cuttlefish Orchestra.

 

Having seen the first three episodes, we're here to tell you that Flowers doesn't suffer from any of that Awkward Second Album syndrome. There's not a single weed in sight. We're not going to give you any spoilers here, but one of our favourite things about these new episodes that we can't wait for you to see is the addition of The Crown’s Harriet Walter (below with Di Martino). She plays unconventional priest Hylda, a boat-dwelling ex-addict who also happens to be Amy’s new girlfriend.

 

Flowers series 2


Creator Will Sharpe also uses this second series as an opportunity to “move forward, expand the world and get a sense of the heritability of mental illness.” Working closely with mental health charity Mind, Sharpe tackles the psychological struggles of another member of the Flowers family (“there were clues in the first series,” he tells us) bringing us a show that is as powerful, sensitive and original as it is painfully funny. His expertly crafted new episodes cement Flowers as one of the most important and original British programmes in recent years.

 

Flowers, weekdays from Monday 11 June, 10pm, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141). Also available for 7 days in Catch Up > Channels > All 4

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