Ideal (2005)

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Creator: Graham Duff
  • First Air Date: 2005-01-11
  • Last Air Date: 2011-06-30
  • Total Seasons: 7
  • Total Episodes: 53
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 30 min.
  • Production Company: Baby Cow Productions
  • Networks: BBC Three
  • Director: Ben Gosling Fuller
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Ideal is a British dark comedy sit-com, originally broadcast on digital channel BBC Three, created by Graham Duff and produced by BBC Comedy North and Baby Cow Productions. It stars Johnny Vegas as small-time cannabis dealer Moz. It is set in Salford, Greater Manchester, chosen because Duff was familiar with the area having done many stand-up gigs there during his youth. Most of the series takes place in Moz's flat and revolves around the eclectic array of characters who visit Moz to buy cannabis, socialise or both. The closing theme is "Song of the Oss" from the album Nuada: Music Inspired By the Film the Wicker Man composed by British band Candidate. The series also features a number of tracks by Californian hip hop group Ugly Duckling. It was broadcast on BBC Three in the UK, on entertainment channel 3e in Ireland and on ABC2 in Australia. First broadcast in 2005, seven series have been shown; the most recent ended on 30 June 2011. After the seventh series aired, Ideal was cancelled by the BBC. Following the announcement, writer and creator Graham Duff wrote to fans: "As some of you may have heard, the BBC have decided against commissioning an 8th series of Ideal. The reason given was that the new channel controller wanted to make a clean sweep. It is a source of both pride and frustration that, at the point of cancellation, Ideal was attracting its biggest ever audiences, its highest profile guest stars and its best ever reviews. And the show is now being screened in more countries than ever before - from America to Finland and beyond." Fans have launched a petition dedicated to saving the show.

  • Keywords: drug dealer, northern england, flat, dark comedy, surreal, united kingdom, sitcom, manchester, trippy
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    Ideal Seasons

    Season 0

    First Air Date: 2005-12-27
    20 Episodes

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 2005-01-11
    9 Episodes

    Season 2

    First Air Date: 2006-03-14
    8 Episodes

    Season 3

    First Air Date: 2007-03-20
    8 Episodes

    Season 4

    First Air Date: 2008-04-28
    8 Episodes

    Season 5

    First Air Date: 2009-05-11
    6 Episodes

    Season 6

    First Air Date: 2010-08-17
    8 Episodes

    Season 7

    First Air Date: 2011-05-26
    6 Episodes

    Ideal Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1The Rat30 min
    Season 1Episode 2The Seduction30 min
    Season 1Episode 3The Boyfriend30 min
    Season 1Episode 4The Affair30 min
    Season 1Episode 5The Backpacker30 min
    Season 1Episode 6The Party30 min
    Season 1Episode 7The Pregnancy30 min
    Season 1Episode 8The Body30 min
    Season 2Episode 1The Stag Do30 min
    Season 2Episode 2The Landlord30 min
    Season 2Episode 3The Hydroponics30 min
    Season 2Episode 4The Séance30 min
    Season 2Episode 5The Boss30 min
    Season 2Episode 6The Guest30 min
    Season 2Episode 7The Delivery30 min
    Season 2Episode 8The Money30 min
    Season 3Episode 1The Night30 min
    Season 3Episode 2The Christians30 min
    Season 3Episode 3The Pyramid30 min
    Season 3Episode 4The Nest30 min
    Season 3Episode 5The Bath30 min
    Season 3Episode 6The Set-Up30 min
    Season 3Episode 7The Crabs30 min
    Season 3Episode 8The Wedding30 min
    Season 4Episode 1The Pains30 min
    Season 4Episode 2The Past30 min
    Season 4Episode 3The Vodka30 min
    Season 4Episode 4The Secret30 min
    Season 4Episode 5The War30 min
    Season 4Episode 6The Birthday30 min
    Season 4Episode 7The Television30 min
    Season 4Episode 8The Future30 min
    Season 5Episode 1The Healer30 min
    Season 5Episode 2The Temptation30 min
    Season 5Episode 3The Red Bag30 min
    Season 5Episode 4The Documentary30 min
    Season 5Episode 5The Chance30 min
    Season 5Episode 6The Passports30 min
    Season 6Episode 1The Business30 min
    Season 6Episode 2The American30 min
    Season 6Episode 3The Kill30 min
    Season 6Episode 4The Poster30 min
    Season 6Episode 5The Lapse30 min
    Season 6Episode 6The Accident30 min
    Season 6Episode 7The Ear30 min
    Season 6Episode 8The Housewarming30 min
    Season 7Episode 1The Police30 min
    Season 7Episode 2The Debtors30 min
    Season 7Episode 3The Brothel30 min
    Season 7Episode 4The Paintings30 min
    Season 7Episode 5The Love30 min
    Season 7Episode 6The Red King30 min
    • Johnny Vegas

      as Moz
    • Graham Duff

      as Brian
    • Nicola Reynolds

      as Nicki
    • Tom Goodman-Hill

      as PC
    • Sinéad Matthews

      as Jenny
    • Ben Crompton

      as Colin
    • David Sant

      as Cartoon Head
    • Ryan Pope

      as Psycho Paul
    • Joanna Neary

      as Judith
    • Andrew-Lee Potts

      as Lee
    • Tim Fallows

      as Jason
    • Danny Morgan

      as Jake
    • Emma Fryer

      as Tania
    • Janeane Garofalo

      as Tilly
    • Tony Burgess

      as Troy
    • Jo Enright

      as Carol
    • Alfie Joey

      as Derrick
    • Mick Miller

      as Keith
    • Haruka Kuroda

      as Yasuko
    • Fist

      as Himself
    • Dan Li

      as Tony
    • Elinor Crawley

      as Jess
    Directing Ben Gosling Fuller Director
    Production Gill Isles Producer
    Writing Graham Duff Writer
    Production Henry Normal Executive Producer
    Production Kenton Allen Executive Producer
    Production Johnny Vegas Associate Producer
    Production Graham Duff Associate Producer
    Production Lindsay Hughes Associate Producer