02 January 2010

Simon Doonan - after growing up in Reading he now lives among the Beautiful People

The BBC sitcom Beautiful People brings to life the memoirs of famous Barneys of New York creative director Simon Doonan.

The series tracks the "slightly fey window dresser" through his early teenage years in Reading, England and introduces to us his stranger than fiction family: his wacky but glamorous mother Betty, father Terry who made homemade wine out of parsnips and potato skins, blind aunt Phyllis and his schizophenic grandmother "Narg", which is "Gran" backwards.

The TV show is based on Simon's written account of his younger life called Beautiful People, and is produced by Jon Plowman, the man behind Ab Fab and Little Britain.

Real life Simon, now 58, was chosen to decorate the White House for Christmas 2009. His work got the political and religious right frothing at the mouth a little, but was generally applauded as being very creative.

Since 1999, Simon has written a rather fun column for the New York Observer, which is worth keeping an eye on.

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