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The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle 

Revolving around the life of Vivienne Vyle, a daytime TV presenter/agony aunt in the mold of Trisha, the show focuses on not only the problems of her guests but the problems Vivienne faces herself in regards to her love and home life.
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Series cast summary:
Jennifer Saunders ...  Vivienne Vyle 6 episodes, 2007
Miranda Richardson ...  Helena de Wend 6 episodes, 2007
Conleth Hill ...  Jared 6 episodes, 2007
Jason Watkins ...  Dr. Jonathan Fowler 6 episodes, 2007
Helen Griffin ...  Carol 6 episodes, 2007
Dave Lamb Dave Lamb ...  Des 6 episodes, 2007
Lawry Lewin Lawry Lewin ...  Damien 6 episodes, 2007
Rochelle Gadd Rochelle Gadd ...  Dionne 5 episodes, 2007
Lorna Brown ...  Pregnant make-up artist / ... 4 episodes, 2007
Brian Conley Brian Conley ...  Chris Connor 3 episodes, 2007
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Revolving around the life of Vivienne Vyle, a daytime TV presenter/agony aunt in the mold of Trisha, the show focuses on not only the problems of her guests but the problems Vivienne faces herself in regards to her love and home life.

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Vivienne Vyle élete és kora See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Angry, Dark, Probing Satire - Massively Under-appreciated and Misunderstood
16 February 2009 | by KalifireSee all my reviews

This is a really, really good comedy. We tend to live in a culture where if something isn't making us laugh every few seconds, it gets overlooked. Such is the case with this show. The target is the repugnant daytime chat shows that exploit misery and anguish for cheap light entertainment through armchair psychology and stereotypical prejudice. There's a very tangible anger running through this show that elevates it from satire into something very biting and raw.

Saunders and Richardson are magnificent, Richardson particularly. Theirs are intelligent performances, superbly delivered. The show is co-written by Tanya Byron, a clinical psychologist and the show itself is largely about the manipulation and exploitation of emotion and vulnerability in the name of greed and media status. Will it make you laugh hysterically for 30 minutes a time? No. Is it designed to do so? No. Is criticism of it for not doing so therefore an epic failure of understanding and appreciation of dark comedic satire? Absolutely.


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