Sunshine: Craig Cash

“I’d like you to meet my dad. I think you’re going to like him…”
I spoke to Craig Cash yesterday about his new BBC1 drama Sunshine and the return of The Royle Family.
That opening line of Sunshine comes with a twist.
And what follows is top class telly.
Written by Craig and Phil Mealey, the three-part drama stars Steve Coogan as fish and chip fryer turned binman Bing Crosby.
Dominic Senior is terrific as his innocent little boy Joe with Bernard Hill as Bing’s marvellous storytelling dad George.
The online version of today’s MEN feature interview with Craig is here.
As Craig explains, Sunshine is a drama sprinkled with comedy – with some dark moments surrounding gambling addict Bing.

“We spoke to gamblers,” he told me.
“We didn’t copy one single person’s life story but we chatted to some of them about what it was like when they’d reached rock bottom.”

Everything from the choice of plates on the table to Lisa Millett’s despair as Bing’s partner Bernadette feels authentic.
Along with the dad who always let young Bing win at cards.
Craig and Phil play fellow binmen Bob and Andy, as you can see from the top pic.
There’s much to love about Sunshine.
Including original music composed by Nina Humphreys.
Plus the revelation in episode two of the best game of football ever.
An episode which concludes with a simply stunning scene involving Steve and Bernard.
As the world plunges into hysteria over money, Sunshine is a reminder of what’s really important.
But as Craig says: “It never sounds any good when you try and explain.
“That’s why I rather you just watched it.”
*Sunshine begins on BBC1 at 9pm next Tuesday.
Warming Signs From Craig



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12 responses to “Sunshine: Craig Cash

  1. susan whittle

    just wanted to say how much i enjoyed sunshine , well written, well acted and best tv i’ve seen for ages thanks

  2. Beverly Walker

    I live in Marple and have done for 48 years and I take my hat off to Craig Cash, not only was this filmed around my area, the chippy is on my avenue, I was married at the same church, but the storyline was brilliant, what a clever man and the cast were totally amazing, I am in awe of them all, well done.

  3. Brenda Howard

    Fantastic! Fabulous casting. the programme will be as famous as the Royle Family ‘nana’s dying’ special episode.

  4. Maureen Harrison

    Fabulous loved it we could do with a lot more like this .Loved early doors too.

  5. Gillian Price

    I have never commented on any TV programme before, but feel compelled to say how much I enjoyed Sunshine. The script and acting were superb and best thing since Royle Family. I hope Craig Cash writes another drama soon. This one was absolutely brilliant.

  6. Mrs Gillian Ann Ray

    I thoroughly enjoyed Sunshine. I cried and smiled. The core of actors, as in Early Doors, (which was brilliant) are superb. My eyes were opened to another side of Steve Coogan who was excellent.
    Well done Craig and Phil. The best modern TV drama for yonks. Let’s hope there are more to come.

  7. Sue Brown

    I have never commented on any TV programme either but “Sunshine” was just great. I really hope there is more to come and I hope they bring this out on DVD so I can enjoy it all over again! Well Done.

  8. Sandie

    Sunshine – what an amazing drama. I was so impressed that I just had to find out more about the writers. I’ve never felt compelled to do this before, nor comment on a tv programme. I laughed, I cried, I was completely hooked. Well done! An absolute winner.

  9. Bridget Litchfield

    Absolutely fantastic. Sunshine made me both laugh and cry and the acting was superb. Only wish more telly was written like this. Hopefully there will be more dramas to come…..

  10. steve jones

    i had plans for tonight. however, they dissolved after watching the first episode of sunshine on the i player. i am now a bottle of wine down with much laughter and tears having watched three episodes in one go. i watched it because i loved early doors. this was different but equally brilliant. i think this would have made great cinema…

  11. Danny O'Neill

    Glad I downloaded the last episode, loved the first two. Laughed and cried all at the same time, how good can drama get!!!
    To Craig and friends Thank you for the Sunshine.

  12. sarah

    This show was just beautiful. The writing and acting was fantastic. I spent most of the weekend watching the last episode with different members of my family and everyone was in tears.
    Steve Coogan should get an award for this.

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