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Cherry Pop

(Tom Ellis, Shaun Dooley, Miranda Raison, et al / DVD / Not Rated / (2011) 2013 / Acorn Media)

Overview: Life isn't so sweet in Sugartown. For decades, the seaside hamlet has been kept afloat by the Burr candy factory, but now the company is struggling. Jason Burr (Shaun Dooley, Red Riding) is determined to keep the factory open and his family's legacy alive, while his posh brother, Max (Tom Ellis, Miranda), returns with plans to change Sugartown forever.

DVD Verdict: This wonderful, of so incredily wonderful TV show from the UK hs it all: two brothers fighting over the same girl, a young boy trying to find his mother after being given up for adoption as a baby, lots of shots of how candy is made, seaside scenery, a mad girl off her meds, crackin' jokes, and a great dance scene finale! And, aside from that last one, everything else reveals itself in the first 15 minutes!

Sugartown is a coastal town in Yorkshire, England that is seemingly always dreary, always wet, and always empty and closing down. But a moneybags brother Max (Tom Ellis, Miranda) comes back to open a Gentleman's Club along with a casino, but to do that he needs to own the candy factory owned by his younger brother Jason (Shaun Dooley, Red Riding).

So, as nobody likes the idea of a casino coming to town ("We've not had bingo here since 1983!", but the sweet factory is losing money fast, either a lifesaving supermarket order has to come in, or the Home of Rock is going to lose its sweet tooth.

So, the locals group together and come up with a dance school idea to attract more attention, keep the sale pitches open for the candy factory to prospective clients, and all whilst the young girl at the center of the guys' attention Emily (Miranda Raison, 'Vexed') battles her own inner love demons.

Sugartown is a large sugary lump of inspiration, choice to live with, promises made, corners cut, and one mother of a fun dance scene that goes a long way to beating anything I've seen on US TV in years! These are all Full Screen Presentations (1:66.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.