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Suburban Shootout Series 1 (2006) Retrospective

This comedy ran for two series and was overlooked. Series 1 was very good but series 2 was bad. Joyce and Jeremy Hazeldine move to the village of Little Stempington. Jeremy is the new police chief and Joyce is forcibly befriended by two rival gangs of housewives. The bad gang led by Camilla are into crime, protection rackets and violence. While Barbra and her good gang are into making teenagers clean up graffiti at gun point, keeping out low cost housing and foiling Camilla’s evil plans.

Joyce is press ganged into joining both gangs. Jeremy is blissfully unaware of what is going on. While the Hazeldine's himbo son Bill (Tom Hiddleston of ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Thor’) is stalked by Camilla’s daughter Jewel, Jeremy and his sidekick PC Haines (Tom Ellis of ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘The Fades’) do nothing all day but sit in their patrol car as Little Stempington has no crime that they are aware of.

The good and bad housewives clash. Jeremy can’t believe his eyes when he sees Little Stempington teenagers listening to a boom box that is blasting classical music while some other teenagers clean up dog mess. Joyce is horrified as Jewel and Bill hook up. Jewel and Bill inadvertently steal some of Camilla’s ill gotten gains.

Camilla has a plan to import and sell 60,000 industrial strength oestrogen patches. When a 24 hour ale house opens she decides it is a perfect place to deal from. The good housewives want the ale house gone.

But the French drug lord she stole the patches from is angry about being ripped off  the money Jewel and Bill stole was for Camilla to buy the drugs with and he shows up in Little Stempington to collect payment. A charity auction turns violent, one housewife goes to jail and the feud goes on. Jeremy remains blissfully unaware of the housewives with Uzis. This was enjoyable fun, season 2 was not.

Best Lines:
“Do that again and I’ll piss in your petrol tank.”

“What’s that?”
“World War II mortar bomb. Highly unstable. We’re peppering the topsoil with them.”
“Why are you doing that?”
“Low cost housing Joyce. We can’t allow that sort of thing in Little Stempington.”
“Ever seen what a mortar shell can do to ten ton JCB digger Joyce?”

“What was that?”
“Probably just doggers or the town perv.”

“My house is smelling like Fred West’s patio.”

“Breathe a word and I’ll hack your knackers off with a trowel.”

“Why would two rough arsed teenagers be cleaning up dog turds?”

“We’ve replaced their book money with a pile of your dad’s old caravan magazines.”

“We need to blend in. We need to think and talk like stupid common pub people.”

“I fell in love with the place.”
“Oh, because it’s clean? Because there’s no graffiti? Because there are no delinquent teenagers sniffing toilet duck in the arcade?”
“And how do you think it stays that way?”
Tags: absentia, doctor who, suburban shootout, the fades

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