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Genre: Television - Sugar Rush / Suitable for 18 years and over / Director: Harry Bradbeer, Philip John, Sean Grundy / Actors: Lenora Crichlow, Peter De Jersey, Olivia Hallinan, Thure Lindhardt, Richard Lumsden ... / DVD released 2006-08-21 at 4dvd / Features of the DVD: Box set, PAL

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      01.08.2011 23:52
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      My teenage years wouldn't have been the same without it.

      Sugar Rush was an important programme to me when I was 16 as it first aired in 2005 on channel 4. All my friends watched it too which made me feel better about being bisexual and in love with my female friend. As such I could empathise with the main character who was in love with her straight best friend. Recently, I was at a loss of what to watch and decided to watch the series again. It was as enjoyable now as it was then.

      The series is based on the novels written by Julie Burchill.

      -- About the show --
      The show, set in Brighton, follows Kim. A fifteen year old, lesbian, virgin in love with her best friend Sugar. The problem is, Sugar is straight and - unaware of Kim's affections for a while - doesn't mind flaunting it. Kim struggles with this throughout the series and thinks about doing some crazy things to get her - including one episode I struggle to watch. Season two does see Kim gain a girlfriend in Saint, the owner of a sex shop in town. Of course, things aren't always easy with that!

      Not only does Kim have to deal with her feelings for Sugar, she has to deal with her mad family. Her promiscuous mother who is having an affair, likes to drink and insits Kim calls her by her first name, Stella. Her father is oblivious to the affair, has awkward conversations with his children and all-round loveable character. And her brother believes he is an alien (though this changes in the 2nd season, to a goth who likes to crossdress). Its safe to say, Kims homelife is anything but calm and peaceful.

      There is a good mixture of comedy and drama. I find the comedy helps keep the serious side of it more light-hearted. It makes watching the programme all the more enjoyable as you come away smiling!

      -- My opinion --
      I love the show. It is entertaining and have been in the same position as Kim (though I didn't go to the same lengths, nor do I have the same crazy family). It tackles a lot of issues and still manages to keep things light-hearted. Most of the time, I enjoy the character of Kim. During one episode in series 1 I found myself disliking her. Where she tried to date-rape Sugar. This went too far in my opinion and though it showed the desperation Kim felt, it didn't need to go that far to show it.

      Parts of the series did go a little too far and was a bit over the top. But it was very entertaining and the story did go at a reasonable speed, it was never boring and there was some character development (though not sure what the development from alien to cross-dressing goth is about).

      I only wish there was a third series. I would have loved more.

      -- DVD extras --
      I always love watching extras on DVD's. So thankfully this set comes with them.

      On disk 1 we have outtakes, deleted scenes and commentary on episodes 1 and 10. Disk 2 has a short with cast and crew looking at the funny moments, plus the usual outtakes, deleted scenes and commentary.

      I would have liked to have seen more about making the show but there was enough to keep me entertained and they were fun to watch. Not something I will watch again and again, but a nice addition and good to watch at
      least once.

      -- Price and Availability --
      You can watch the first series on 4OD currently, though they no longer have series 2, to watch for free. And at the time of writing can be bought on Amazon, from used: £7.03 and new: £9.19.


      -- Overall --
      I'd definitely recommend this. It would probably appeal to teenagers and younger adults, though the DVD is rated 18 - due to scenes of sex and drugs. Its worth a watch once - entertaining, good characters and plot. Even if it is a bit over the top at times it is still enjoyable. It definitely helped me as a bisexual teenager.

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        10.02.2010 20:18
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        Worth a watch on a rainy afternoon.

        Sorry for the corny title, but I do love this series. I don't really know why, as well... which is kinda weird. It's good, because it's really watchable, but it's not usually my thing. The characters are very well acted, although some situations are slightly unbelievable.

        The story follows Kim (Olivia Hallinan), an out and about lesbian teenager. Kim's well-meaning, yet dysfunctional family make Kim look like the normal one, but in the company of 'Sugar' (Lenora Crichlow), her ex-girlfriend and bad-influence best mate, Kim gets into all types of trouble, including her love life.

        As Kim visits Sugar in jail (following on from the first series), she is mocked for not having moved on with her life. With Sugar teasing Kim that she is just not over her, Kim decides to prove her wrong and meets a new girl, 'Saint' (Sarah-Jane Potts). Saint, a DJ in a local gay-scene nightclub, seems like a nice, good-influence compared to the extroverted Sugar, but she soon becomes jealous of their relationship.

        This series is fun to watch, everything is well-shot and well acted and the plot brims with drama. You will find yourself hooked for sure, whatever your sexuality. I think, without looking deeper into it than it has depth, the story ties well between the difficulties of teen life, clubbing, drink, drugs and all that trouble, the dilemas of friendship and the trouble of love. As a girl in love, is it harder to stay friends with your exes and all get along?

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        29.01.2010 00:44
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        Great fun to watch and very funny!

        A few years back, I saw the adverts for this new up-and-coming show on TV, and decided it looked like a good watch.

        I watched a couple of episodes and was completely hooked; I couldn't get enough of it! I watched every episode in both the series' then bought them on DVD.

        The story follows a teenage girl called Kim; a lesbian girl who has never been involved in a relationship. Her and her strange (understatement) family have just moved to Brighton: the place where the gay scene is popular.

        Kim meets Sugar; a straight and sexy teenage girl which soon becomes Kim's best friend; except what Sugar doesn't know is that Kim is secretly lusting for her.

        Throughout the show, the viewer sees Kim battling through the good and difficult times of her love-life, family-life and, of course, her feelings for Sugar. Her unaffectionate mother, push-over father and.. Just plain weird brother, obviously don't make it easy for Kim to fit in anywhere.

        The series is very comical, as well as very serious and emotional in some areas. It leads you on an emotional rollercoaster, just like Kim's life.

        It is rated age certificate 15 as there are some sexual scenes and bad language.

        It's a great series. I watch it over and over and don't get bored, and therefore give Sugar Rush:

        9/10

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          16.01.2010 13:03
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          4/5

          Kim is 15 and her family has just moved to Brighton to escape the horrors and excess of London. Upon arrival the mother begins an affair and joins a swinging club while Kim's little brother, Matt, drowns his hamster in blue paint and sets up home in a gold fish bowl.
          Meanwhile Kim is struggling to hide her sexual obsession with her straight friend Sugar who drinks copiously, shop lifts, sells drugs and soon learns to use Kim's crush to her advantage.
          Series 2 picks up 18 months after series 1 ends, Kim is now 17 and has a lot more confidence. The direction of the show changes to focus less on Sugar and more on Kim's new girl friend Saint.
          We see the world though Kim's eyes and we hear her thoughts so it is possible to understand that she often feels pushed into things where really she did have a choice.
          where she might look deceptive she is just following the path of least resistance, on this basis I think we can forgive her lying and thieving from her own mother. Unfortunately I don't think it is possible to like her. Sometimes what she does is far worse than the circumstances surrounding her: here I am talking particularly about her attempt to rape Sugar. In fact I wouldn't like any of the characters if they were real people but this doesn't make the programme any less enjoyable.
          Sugar rush is described as comedy in other Dooyoo reviews but on channel 4 it is sold as "drama sex and relatsionships" and the later is certainly the more accurate. There are funny moments but no more than in Skins.
          The fact the series is based on a book helps hold the plot together but despite this the story line about the parents goes too far and adds too little; basically all they needed to say is that Kim has an unstable home life and that she doesn't have anyone to rely on. Instead we end up with a predictable and generic soap about mum sleeping with the builder. In the first episode we are told that Kim has to call her mum by her first name so as not to weigh her down with parental responsibilities. I think it would have been far more Poignant to leave it at that.
          This is only a small fault in a series which is otherwise brilliant - especially episode 10 series 1. Apart from the parents the whole thing is believable.
          At the moment both series are available for free on 4OD and the DVD doesn't add anything special - just outtakes and commentary, but it is the sort of series you might want to watch more than once so when 4 pull it it's good to know it's available to buy as well.

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            06.01.2010 14:25
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            Worth watching if you think you'll appreciate it

            Set in Brighton, Sugar Rush looks at the life of Kim Daniels (Olivia Hallinan) a 15-year old lesbian who has just moved to Brighton from London. As if the upheaval isn't enough of an issue, Kim finds herself falling in love with her best friend, Sugar. Sugar, however, is somewhat of a promiscuous lady, always talking to Kim about her latest conquest.

            Olivia Hallinan as Kim works wonderfully, as you get a mixture of innocence and confusion through with her obvious sexual feelings towards Sugar. Her moments of happiness mixed with her moments of intense sadness make interesting watching, and really bring the character to life.

            Lenora Crichlow plays Sugar, a fairly self-obsessed and seemingly straight girl, who becomes Kim's best friend. Sugar becomes aware of Kim's deep feelings for her, and uses them to her advantage. Sugar gets herself into trouble frequently, not seeing any issues with shoplifting.

            What I love most about this show is the mixture of comedy and drama that features throughout. Despite the funny moments, there are some very poignant scenes also, giving the characters more depth. Full of teenage angst and underage drinking, drugs and sex, Sugar Rush shows an extreme side of teenage life.

            Seeing both Sugar and Kim worry about things such as losing their virginity, relationships and family issues reminds us that they are only teenagers after all, although the life that they seem to lead can sometimes indicate otherwise.

            Kim's mum, Stella, played by Sara Stewart, comes across as everything a mother shouldn't be. She drinks too much, is never seen without a fag in hand, and also runs off with the handyman working in their house. However, despite this, Stella causes amusement throughout the show, while still having some more serious moments come her way.

            Another interesting character is Matt, Kim's brother, played by Kurtis O'Brien. Matt is fairly strange, believing he is actually from another planet, and throughout the first series you see him painting himself different colours and living with a goldfish bowl on his head. In the second series, he suddenly transforms himself into a cross-dressing goth, although his family don't particularly react to this.

            In series two, we get a better look at Kim. She's seems perfectly happy with the way things are, 18 months after the first series left off. Kim's found herself with a proper girlfriend, enjoying her lesbian life. However, will everything be as happy when Sugar returns?

            Kim's girlfriend, Saint, is played by Sarah-Jane Potts. I realised when re-watching the series recently that Sarah is currently in Waterloo Road, playing a French teacher! Saint owns a sex shop and meets Kim by chance one day. Their relationship doesn't always go according to plan, but it is clear that they like each other a lot, making complications in the show. Saint is an interesting character, especially as she is the first 'proper' lesbian we see in the show.

            Sugar Rush is based on two books by Julie Burchill called 'Sugar Rush' and 'Sweet.' Having not read the books, I don't know how close any of the tv series is, but I am planning on picking up the books at some point now I have reaffirmed my love for this show.

            I can't exactly put my finger on why I love this show so much. I watched it when it first came out, and found it amusing but was too young to truly appreciate it, however a few years later I'm finding it more interesting to watch and try and understand the characters and what they're going through.

            Both series one and two end on slight cliff-hangers, which makes series two even more frustrating, as Channel 4 have no plans for a third series! Considering the long break since the last series, I doubt there ever will be a third series now, which is disappointing, but at least I have all the dvd's to compensate!

            Some parts of the series can be fairly erotic and sexual, which makes this generally unsuitable for anyone under 18, although thinking back, the first time I saw this series I must have been about 13 or 14.

            The extras on this dvd are fairly amusing but nothing special, with outtakes, deleted scenes and commentary for some of the episodes. They're fun to watch the first time, but I wouldn't watch them again after, as I would with the episodes themselves.

            Overall, this may not being everybody's choice in programme, but I think it's worth trying regardless. It's nice to watch something a bit more risqué than your usual shows, and I think Channel 4 did well on bringing this to our televisions. It's not suitable for children, and covers some interesting topics but in a not too serious way.

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              23.08.2009 23:48
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              Hilarious.

              Sugar Rush is a TV drama series, first shown on Channel 4. It is based on the book "Sugar Rush" by Julie Burchill.

              In short, Sugar Rush is the story of a teenager (Kim) discovering she is a lesbian when she falls in love with her best friend Sugar, after Kim and her family move to Brighton. But there is so much more to the story than that!

              Sugar Rush enlightens viewers on many issues teenagers face, including sexuality, drugs, parents' separation and, of course, sex, whilst being absolutely hilarious at the same time! In Sugar Rush, the humourous drama never stops. With its enthralling story line, you just can't wait to watch the next instalment of the tale in the next episode.

              There are 20 episodes of Sugar Rush in total, 10 in each series. Each episode is just as dramatic and exciting as the previous episode, and does leave you hooked.

              The actors in Sugar Rush are very convincing, especially the actress Olivia Hallinan who plays the main character, Kim. Unlike in most TV series, none of the actors let the side down at all.

              To conclude, I would say this TV drama is definitely one of the most hilarious, if not THE most hilarious, TV series I have seen. The storyline and the acting are brilliant, so I would recommend it to anyone who wants to be entertained and hooked on a great, hilarious programme!

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                Great show based on two books by Julie Burchill

                **THE SHOW**
                Sugar Rush was first aired on Channel 4 in 2005. Both series 1 and 2 are based on two novels by Julie Burchill: 'Sugar Rush' and 'Sweet'. The show is set in sunny Brighton and mainly focuses on the life of 15 year old Kim Daniels. She is struggling with her sexuality when she realises that she is gay and has a major crush on her best friend, Sugar. The series follows Kim's life, her relationships, family life, college and various adventures.


                **CHARACTERS**

                **Kim**
                Kim is the main focus of Sugar Rush. She has accepted that she is gay and is ready to live life to the fullest in sunny Brighton. But life for Kim is never that simple! The first girl she falls for doesn't love her, her home life is a mess and the boy next door won't stop following her! At the start of the first series Kim is portrayed as a geeky character but Sugar certainly brings her out of her shell and shows her a good time. Kim is played by Olivia Hallinan.

                **Sugar**
                Sugar, real name Ave Maria Sweet, is the sassy, rebellious best friend of Kim, also the love of Kim's life. Or so Kim thinks in the first series anyway! Sugar never holds back from anything, she says what she means and she means what she says. She makes herself out to be rather promiscuous and although in a way this is slightly true, the real Sugar just wants to be loved. Sugar is played by Leanora Crichlow.

                **Stella**
                Stella is Kim's mum, although the relationship roles are almost reversed between these two. Stella is not the typical mother, she is a bad role model. She drinks to excess, she lies and takes drugs. Oh, and she has an affair with Dale the handyman and runs off with him before running back to her doting husband, Nathan! Stella is played by Sara Stewart.

                **Nathan**
                Nathan is Kim's dad. He really wants to be supportive to Kim towards her sexuality but often ends up having very awkward conversations with her about it! He gets treated like dirt by his wife Stella but still worships the ground she walks on. He is a good dad and a very loveable character. Nathan is played by Richard Lumsden.

                **Matt**
                Matt is Kim's confused younger brother. In the first series he paints himself blue and becomes convinced that he is an alien from another planet! In the second series, he sleeps in a coffin and experiments with cross dressing. Matt is played by Kurtis O'Brien.

                **Saint**
                Saint, real name Sarah, is Kim's girlfriend in the second series. She is the owner of a female sex shop and also DJ's at a gay club on the seafront. Saint comes across as a hard girl who doesn't show much emotion but she is actually quite vulnerable as we see later on in the series when she realises how much she loves Kim. Saint is played by Sarah-Jayne Potts.


                **OTHER CHARACTERS**
                Tom- Andrew Garfield
                Beth- Laura Donnelly
                Dale- Neil Jackson
                Anna- Anna Wilson-Jones
                Mark- Jalaal Hartley
                Dimitri- Thure Lindhardt
                Montana- Jemima Rooper


                **MY FAVOURITE EPISODES FROM SERIES 1**

                **Episode 7**
                In this episode Kim is doing everything she can to forget that Sugar ever existed after Sugar finds out her secret, that Kim is gay and loves her. Later on, when they are sitting in deck chairs, Sugar takes Kim's hand in hers confusing the situation even more! After taking Ectasy before going clubbing there can't really be a happy ending can there? Watch to find out!

                **Episode 9**
                Kim realises that Sugar will never be hers (or so she thinks) and decides to attend a church group for "ex gays" where she hopes to change her sexuality and become straight. Later that night Kim goes clubbing and ends up in the ladies toilets with a guy that she doesn't know. It is then that she realises she can't change her sexuality, it is a part of her and she doesn't want to either. Deciding to use the church group to get a date, she meets Beth who instantly catches her eye, but what happens next....

                **Episode 10**
                Kim ahs finally set up a date with the lovely Beth but as usual for Kim, trouble is just around the corner, literally. Just as she sets off to meet Beth, Kim gets a phone call from Sugar, she has been attacked and stabbed a man! Kim and Sugar run away to London together to get away from the police and Kim gets what she's always wanted when they spend the night together in a swanky hotel. Will they stay together??????


                **FAVOURITE EPISODES FROM SERIES 2**

                **Episode 1**
                This episode is definately more comedy than drama. Sugar has been sent to a Young Offenders Institute for stabbing the man who attacked her and her only regular visitor is Kim. Walking around Brighton pier in a daze, Kim walks straight into Saint, the owner of a female sex shop. Eager to find out more about the mysterious girl, Kim enters the shop and is shocked by what she sees. She makes several errrrrr interesting purchases, Saint then invites her to a gay club. Whilst Kim thinks that Saint isn't interested in her, she goes off with womanizer, Anna. Will this episode end happily?

                **Episode 7**
                Finally soome happiness for Kim! After spending the night in a cell for assulting a girl outside Sain't flat, Kim shocks Saint by telling the police that she would do it again. Saint overhears this and realises that she wants Kim more than anything else in the world. She takes Kim to Devil's Dyke where they have a picnic and Saint finally tells Kim she loves her! Unfortunately there is trouble ahead for Kim, Saint and Sugar, all caused by Dimitri, Sugar's ex who she stole from.

                **Episode 10**
                Thankfully, the series does end on a high note after a few wobbles, Kim and Saint move in together and things are finally looking up. Although it does end on a cliff hanger as to whether Sugar will live with them after her flat is burned down!


                **ADDITIONAL INFORMATION**
                - Only suitable for people of 18 years and over
                - Series 1: 271 mins approx.
                - Series 2: 240 mins approx.
                - 4 discs


                **DVD EXTRAS**

                **Series 1**
                - Outtakes
                - Deleted scenes
                - Commentary with episodes 1 and 10 with producers and director

                **Series 2**
                - The funny moments (cast & crew short film)
                - Outtakes
                - Deleted scenes
                - Commentaries


                **PRICES**
                Play.com: £17.99 with free delivery
                Amazon.co.uk: £17.98 with free Super Saver delivery

                **MY OVERALL OPINION**
                This show was fantastic, both series, it's such a shame that there was no third series. I think that it is a brilliant show for both teenagers and adults. It tackles a lot of challenging issues with sensetivity as well as being jam packed with comedy and drama, I loved it. 10/10

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