8.7
6 votes
Sensitive Skin

Sensitive Skin

BBC Two 2005

Rather than being an out and out comedy, I feel that 'Sensitive Skin' is a whimsical and often understated comedic drama. Semantics, I know, but it must be pointed out that the comedy is mostly implied, rather than being delivered with punch-lines and laugh tracks, and the viewer is always allowed to choose both if they find this funny, as well as when. I feel this show is not for everyone. You have to pay attention, as some lines just slip by unannounced.Firstly, the couple, played by Joanna Lumley and Denis Lawson, are both well past 50, and their son (played by the talented James Lance) is still an 'adolescent' of 30-something. Viewed from the outside the couple appear to have everything, but the whimsy is in recognising the ways in which they are unsatisfied, and the comedy develops as they go about kidding themselves that they are sorted.As in any superior storytelling, the scripts make this show, but the cast deliver every line with the professionalism we've come to expect from them. The close-ups of Lumley's face as she shuffles through her thoughts or her memories, or searches for an appropriate answer to a query from someone is well worth the trouble it takes to tune in to this unique show.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Sensitive Skin

Sensitive Skin - S2E3

#1 - The Signals

7.00

Season 2 - Episode 3

Davina meets Tom Paine, a personal shopper, who helps her to believe that there is life (and style) after widowhood. They visit Davina’s mother in hospital but, as her mother’s life hangs in the balance, Davina and her sister, Veronica, argue over Davina’s ‘adolescent’ new lifestyle. Davina and Tom’s new relationship seems to be going well, but her new neighbour, Lizzie, has some news that may derail her hopes.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Sensitive Skin from 1 votes.

#2 - Episode 5

7.33

Season 1 - Episode 5

Davina is worried that her brother-in-law Roger wants to start an affair with her. It is only after the unexpected arrival of Roger’s son Michael, that the true nature of Roger’s desires are revealed.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Sensitive Skin from 3 votes.

#3 - Episode 1

7.63

Season 1 - Episode 1

Davina Jackson and her husband Al seem to have won the prize living their lavish lifestyle. But not everyone is happy, and soon they find themselves asking ...is this the life they really want?

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Sensitive Skin from 8 votes.

#4 - Episode 2

7.89

Season 1 - Episode 2

Davina looks back on her childhood, and returns to her old haunts where the ghostly appearance of her imaginary friend reminds her of a childhood when nothing could hold her back. She is left to wonder where she lost her way.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Sensitive Skin from 9 votes.

Sensitive Skin - S2E2

#5 - Three Lost Loves

8.00

Season 2 - Episode 2

Davina's quest for self-realisation brings her under the influence of Sue Shortstop, an ardent feminist and scourge of male panellists on discussion shows. As Davina gets in touch with her inner goddess, Shortstop’s husband Ed appears intent on establishing a more tactile connection with one of his attractive students.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Sensitive Skin from 3 votes.

Sensitive Skin - S2E5

#6 - Kiss of Life

8.00

Season 2 - Episode 5

Davina pays her third visit to the heart doctor, only to be told she is in excellent health. However, it seems that the doctor, Matthew, has other reasons than her heath for asking her to return. Davina’s brother-in-law, Roger, is on trial for accountancy fraud and happens to be mysteriously represented by old school mate Leonard Richards. When Roger finds out about his wife Veronica’s history with Richards, he takes steps to free them both.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Sensitive Skin from 2 votes.

#7 - Episode 4

8.50

Season 1 - Episode 4

Roger fires his piano teacher for making eyes at his wife Veronica. Davina is shocked and she thinks he has only done it to show his more general contempt for artists. So she employs Greg, the piano teacher, to give lessons to Al. But when the young, sexy teacher starts making eyes at Davina behind Al’s back, she realises that there are a whole new set of lessons that she might want to learn.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Sensitive Skin from 2 votes.

#8 - Episode 6

8.50

Season 1 - Episode 6

Al is losing everything. First, it’s his car radio, then it’s his newspaper column, and finally it’s his wife. But even after that, there is a still greater loss to come.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Sensitive Skin from 2 votes.

Sensitive Skin - S2E4

#9 - Forever Jung

8.50

Season 2 - Episode 4

After doing a little sole searching, Davina's son, Orlando, returns, and reveals he has fallen in love. Davina persuades Orlando to move in with her but is more than a little surprised when she mistakes his new girlfriend, Cheryl, for his girlfriend's mother. With Orlando seeming to have forgiven Davina for Al’s death, but Cheryl blaming Davina for Orlando's past, it seems Orlando is trying to pay his mother back for her affair with a younger man.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Sensitive Skin from 2 votes.

Sensitive Skin - S2E6

#10 - Here I Am

8.50

Season 2 - Episode 6

Davina’s friend, Lizzie, has been waiting for 17,532 days. She doesn't know for what, just that her wait is finally over. In the face of unexpected tragedy, Davina assesses how far she has actually moved forward. She helps Ed, who has split up with his 21-year-old girlfriend, get back with his wife of 30 years, Sue. She helps steady Cheryl's nerves on the eve of her wedding day to Orlando, who’s 30 years her junior. But who is going to help Davina?? Even her hopes of some sort of reconciliation with Tom are dashed and, when she visits Roger in jail, it's no wonder she breaks down with the observation that at least he has a release date. However, a release for Davina may be closer than she thinks...

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Sensitive Skin from 2 votes.

#11 - Episode 3
8.75
Season 1 - Episode 3

Al is trying to write an article on what makes a classic. But when a world-famous author flies in from America and sets his eyes on Davina, he tells Al that she is an absolute classic and begins to seduce her.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Sensitive Skin from 4 votes.

Sensitive Skin - S2E1
#12 - The Wilderness
9.00
Season 2 - Episode 1

Following the sudden death of her husband, Davina is forced to cope with life alone and a sister who blames her for everything. After six months of mourning the death of her husband, Davina decides it is time to re-launch her life and embarks on a journey to rediscover happiness – via a host of vivid characters, all of whom have their own bridges to cross.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Sensitive Skin from 2 votes.

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