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Dappers and Stanley Park: Your exclusive first look

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Dana Stevens | 12:47 UK time, Thursday, 3 June 2010

**Stanley Park and Dappers have been removed as they are no longer available to watch online.**

Today it's all about you on the blog. We want to know what you think of our two brand new dramas Dappers and Stanley Park.

You can watch them right here, right now. You'll be one of the very first to see them before they are shown on BBC Three next Thursday. You lucky thing.

First up is Stanley Park, from budding young writer Leo Richardson. Set in Croydon, the story focuses on a group of young friends living on the same street and struggling to find out who they are. Watch out for great new actress Holliday Grainger who plays Dirty Debbie, the Carrie Bradshaw of Croydon. She's hotly tipped as a talent to watch in the future. Just remember you saw her here first!

So here it goes and don't forget to let us know what you think afterwards.

**Stanley Park has been removed as it is no longer available to watch online.**

So are you hooked? Want to see more? Add your comment.

Next up and representing the West Country is Dappers. You'll probably already recognise Lenora Crichlow who plays Annie in Being Human. She stars alongside Ty Glaser as best friends and single mums trying to get rich and off benefits in Bristol. They don't take life too seriously and are determined to have a laugh while setting up their latest venture. The writer Catherine Johnson created the musical Mamma Mia! and went on to write the screenplay for the movie, which became the highest grossing British film of all time.

But enough of the name dropping, just press play and you'll soon find out what it's all about.

**Dappers has been removed as it is no longer available to watch online.**

Well then, what do you reckon? Lush or what? Want to see some more Bristolicious action? Add your comment.

You can watch both dramas on BBC Three on Thursday 10th June; Stanley Park will be at 9pm and Dappers at 9.30pm.

If you missed our first drama pilot Pulse you can watch it online now or on BBC Three tonight at 9pm.

All of the writers have told us about their dramas on the blog so you can read more about their inspiration and the making of the programmes:

You can also watch an interview with Catherine Johnson on BBC Bristol.
Dana Stevens is content producer for BBC Three online.


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  • Comment number 1.

    I loved the first episode of Stanley Park, it's really fresh and funny!! Can't wait to see the whole series, this is gonna rule!! Big time!!!

  • Comment number 2.

    Love Stanley Park! Dirty Debbie is blinding - def would :) My mate is just like Harry LOL wanna know what's gonna happen!!!! When's there gonna be more?????

  • Comment number 3.

    What a brilliant show! I absolutely love it! Really hope to see more!!

  • Comment number 4.

    Wow, Stanley Park was really great! I'm hooked already! The characters were really intriguing - lots of great one liners as well; 'I was cursed by my beauty, but I had to soldier on' - love you Dirty Debbie!

  • Comment number 5.

    Hurrah! Finally a programme set in Bristol, about Bristol and with characters living in Bristol! About time! Bristol is a fantastic city and I am sooo proud that we are on the map with a series like this - please, please, please, BBC3 commission this to be a series!! Hunky men and for the men pretty girls, but combined with hillarity and faces from the past like Eddie Large - just genius! I know it has potential to be brilliant so long may it continue - what a shame if this was just a one off... Good work Catherine Johnson!! We salute you all xxx

  • Comment number 6.

    Brilliant. Characters are really interesting, Dirty Debbie is quality! Looking forward to seeing more of this. :o)

  • Comment number 7.

    Wow! Dappers was fantastic. Pleeeeeaaasee do a full series!

  • Comment number 8.

    Oh dear...self indulgent wet dream about a young "nympho" stereotype surrounded by other predictable satellite stereotypes. - Yawn!

  • Comment number 9.

    Please do a full series of Dappers! It's hilarious and I'm gripped, keep the same cast though. Lenora and Ty are fantastic!

  • Comment number 10.

    Stanley Park.... Oh dear, a self indulgent wet dream about a young "nympho" stereotype surrounded by othe satellite stereotypes.... Yawn!

  • Comment number 11.

    Dappers is excellent....a great mix of drama and humour...the ups and downs of daily life. Great characters and well played.....this would make a good series and I look forward to seeing more. Eddie Large looked to play a more serious role...interested to see that develop.......great locations and neighbours were funny counterpoints, though perhaps a little too stereotypical. The girls were great...underlying sadness came across and then flashes of joy......well written. Excellent music to....

  • Comment number 12.

    Fantastic! Hysterically funny. I love the characters already, but I want more!

  • Comment number 13.

    Dappers is brilliant - want to see more and now! Great lead characters and script, superbly made and really funny. Love it.

  • Comment number 14.

    LOVE STANLEY PARK!!!!!!! please make it a full series its great! lee's the best!

  • Comment number 15.

    I love Stanley Park!!! I hope to see more of it. A very funny performance from all characters, i really like Lee ;)

  • Comment number 16.

    stanley park was quality! loved it. bbc3 are way behind e4 when it comes to drama for 18 - 30 yr olds. this thing is up there with shows like misfits and will smash skins out the water (its actually got likeable characters). i never write on blogs but i gotta see the rest of this

  • Comment number 17.

    If you pick one, definitely go for Stanley Park or Pulse. Dappers was okay, but is there really a need for another rather cheesy, comedy drama set in smug old Bristol?...Skins, Being Human, Mistresses etc. It all seems smeared with a smug cheesiness "we speak with funny accents, there fore we are interesting" etc etc!! How about something set in Exeter, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Swansea etc. Must everything in the south that isn't in London be in Cardiff or Bristol!?

    Nice way of deciding things by having pilots. You should do more than three next time though.

  • Comment number 18.

    Stanley Park looks great!

  • Comment number 19.

    Dappers is fantsastic! Exactly the sort of programme that BBC3 used to make its stock-in-trade and should get back into the habit of producing. Clever, funny and original. The characters are really well-drawn and I can't wait to find out what happens to them next!

  • Comment number 20.

    Stanley Park is brilliant! You HAVE to make more of this. BBC 3 is a great channel but needs more shows like being human which are aimed at younger people, like e4 does. Love the turn from Sharon Horgan - and all the young actors are fantastic and fresh. Great effort!! More Stanley Park please.

  • Comment number 21.

    Loved Stanley park. Please make more.... dirty debbie is fab and I am really keen to see what happens next to her! we need something like thsi on tv!

  • Comment number 22.

    Stanley Park - not too impressed with the concept but Holliday Grainger is so beautiful and talented I am sure she could carry it off. In fact I would watch Holliday just reading the telephone directory from cover to cover and enjoy every nano second

  • Comment number 23.

    Stanley Park is a bolder, edgier and more surprising choice - it's time BBC made a show like this. Dirty Debbie is both provocative and real. I like the pace and build of this show. It's spot on, and the comedy is perfectly understated. This is better than Gavin and Stacey in my opinion.

  • Comment number 24.

    Dapppers was brilliant - funny, original and a little bit of sadness in their too. It felt real, and I would definitely watch it if a series was made (just as long as it doesn't stop Lenora Critchlow making Being Human too!) :)
    Stanley Park was okay - started off quite funny but then felt as if I'd seen it before... probably wouldn't watch this one....

  • Comment number 25.

    was like less edger version of skins been done too many times before.

  • Comment number 26.

    dappers thanks but no thanks not my thing pulse defo best of the lot

  • Comment number 27.

    Thought 'Dappers' was easily the best of the three. Would definitely watch if it went to series.

  • Comment number 28.

    Dappers rules! It made me laugh when they had the emergency spliff! And their kids are cute!

  • Comment number 29.

    Stanley park is genius!! gotta make this one a series. loved all the cutaway looks and reactions just hilarious. very quick and funny and didn't make a big deal of the jokes. really sharp i loved it. great to see something like this on the bbc! all just seemed real i loved it! series now please!!!!!

  • Comment number 30.

    Great show! Love the writing... we want more more MORE! You have bunch of young talent there too...

  • Comment number 31.

    LOVED stanley park. good to see some real comedy! cant wait to see what happens next!

  • Comment number 32.

    After watching all three pilots I have to congratulate BBC for three refreshing shows.

    I have to admit my favourite by a long way was Stanley Park. The storyline was exciting, clever and all tied together well at the end. I loved the characters, especially Bent Bens sexuality denial, the aunts story about debbys mum was classic, and I loved Lees one liners, especially his relationship with his parents, I'd love to see more from the Mum she were jokes.

    It would honestly be a great travesty if this show is not made! Please Please Please make a series of it, I am sure you wouldn't regret it. It Would be the BBCs Inbetweeners.

  • Comment number 33.

    i absolutely loved Stanley Park! i really hope it gets to go to series i am just dying to see what happens to them all. Dirty Debbie is bloody awesome, and bent ben made me cry laughing. My mother thought it was great to. so it also appeals to the older crowd!! Go Stanley Park

  • Comment number 34.

    I think Stanley Park is really funny, BBC 3 should defo show this one!

  • Comment number 35.

    Loved Stanley Park, really funny and would definitely be successful on BBC3. Would like to see it as a series :)

  • Comment number 36.

    Feeling Stanley Park. The dude that plays Lee is bear jokes - great acting.

    BBC, let's see more of this!

  • Comment number 37.

    Class! great comedy tv! dirty debbies a blinder!

  • Comment number 38.

    Stanley Park was great. It's a genuine, natural humour rather than a forced one and I really want to know what happens next! And I think Raggedy Ann is a total fitster.

  • Comment number 39.

    pulse by a long way

  • Comment number 40.

    Most exciting new show on BBC, nay, TV at the moment... Brilliant writing, fantastic acting, sexy, funny, fresh, clever; it's what SKINS can never be clever or daring enough to be and I CANNOT WAIT to see more. Leo Richardson, you are a genius! BBC, please give us more! MORE PLEASE

  • Comment number 41.

    WOW!So funny! I'm from Bristol, so to finally watch a show based there is brill. I was in stiches the whole time & the babies are soooo cute! Please do more!! =]

  • Comment number 42.

    stanley park was large. Great character diversity, brilliant comic roles - would be great to see something like this on the BBC. Really hope it makes it to series.

  • Comment number 43.

    Brilliant. Really good home grown talent. Love the characters, love that it's in London, just loved it! Hope that Ben doesn't suffer cliche gay storylines too much though.

    Hope to see it again soon!

  • Comment number 44.

    Stanley Park was goooood. Really well written and good set of young actors all of whom are a million times better then the rabble Channel4 get for skins. Can't wait for the series.

  • Comment number 45.

    So SOOOOOOOOOOOOO Goooood. Cant wait for the series!!!!!!!!!! (raggedy Ann is well fit)

  • Comment number 46.

    Watched both programmes. Both so simple. Both so brilliant

  • Comment number 47.

    Stanley Park is brilliant. I really really want to know what happens to all the characters - it HAS to go to series. Some great moments and great script. Bent Ben is so funny. Come on BBC, be brave....

  • Comment number 48.

    I found Stanley Park boring and it did not catch my attention. I would not watch this if it was a series.

    I did like Dappers however...

    I loved Pulse. I don't think there has been a good enough british thriller/horror tv series. I would very much like to see more of Pulse.

    Please pick Pulse!

  • Comment number 49.

    I really enjoyed Stanley Park! SO HILARIOUS! I like that it's set in a specific part of the London area/suburbs. I hope there will be more episodes...i'm already hooked! I really loved all the characters...and funny lines!

  • Comment number 50.

    I would like to add that there have been many tv series that have a similar format to Stanley Park such as Skins (same kind of thing, young people with issues and drama), its been done so many times before.

    Please champion PULSE. I loved this.

  • Comment number 51.

    I thought Stanley Park was really good, not the most original idea, but seemed to present it in a well written and fresh way. The pilot also seemed to open alot of storylines that would make for an interesting series, and characters you wanted to find out more about.

    When it came to Dappers, i just couldnt get in to it. The accents just really annoyed me (and this is from someone that lives in Bristol), and it just seemed to be ok for a one off, but i just see the story getting quite stretched out if it returned for a whole series.

  • Comment number 52.

    I loved Stanley Park and Pulse hope they get made into a series!! Not sure yet on Dappers have to watch it again to make sure.

  • Comment number 53.

    I liked Stanley Park and would watch it however; I felt it wasn't very original. Also it is quiet clear that Harry is as gay as Bent Ben.
    Dappers, on the other hand was emotional and witty; I felt the writer explored ideas that are relevant in our everyday society, which are sometimes overlooked. I look forward to Dappers.

  • Comment number 54.

    5 *. So refreshing to come across great new Drama. I was totally hooked from start to finish and just hope it becomes really successful. Great One liners and great selection of characters, Please make more of this!!

  • Comment number 55.

    yoooo stanley park is off the hook.. make no mistake that show should be on air standardssss.... would be a shame if it didnt come on air

  • Comment number 56.

    Wanna see more of Stanley Park! Was awesome!
    The accents in dappers just bugged me a little too much! :/
    Although im from Tiverton so it aint far away! lol

  • Comment number 57.

    WOW.... Stanley Park.. THIS HAS TO GET MADE....writing is superb...acting great.. alot of laughs and some great characters and it's only ep 1... treat yourself and treat all of us to a series..

  • Comment number 58.

    Stanley Park is easily the pick of the three. Looking forward to seeing what happens next.

  • Comment number 59.

    I LOVE DAPPERS!Hillarious episode, please make into a series I would love to see more. I want to see what they're next 'get rich quick scheme' is going to be! P.S the little ones are so cute!

  • Comment number 60.

    Dappers is the best by far! I love the character Lenora plays and I love all the other cast. Good music and really sweet. It's funny but it makes you go 'aaaahhhhh!' too!

  • Comment number 61.

    Stanley Park was great - fresh, edgy writing, great acting, and some very funny moments (especially from Bent Ben).

    More please!!!

  • Comment number 62.

    I have watched all the pilots and i have come to the conclusion that you MUST pick Stanley Park. Here are the reasons:

    -The writing is genius. Some of those lines are amazing.

    - The acting is great. There is some great new talent here and they work off each other very well.

    - The filming and editing is spot on. Its not full of terrible cheesy teen stereotype music. Its just well put together and sophisticated. the camera angles are thought out.

    _ Most importantly. This is a show people want to watch. Its great for not only teens but adults too.

    I cant wait to see what happens

  • Comment number 63.

    i thought both Stanley Park and Dappers were excellent, bring on the full series please.

  • Comment number 64.

    Loved Stanley Park!!! I cant wait to see more! Pleeease let there be more!!!!

  • Comment number 65.

    Stanley Park is brilliant. Love the line about not devoting yourself to one man or else you'll end up killed by a truck, picking up his dry Bolton. Genius.
    More SP please BBC3.

  • Comment number 66.

    i thought stanley park was immense. I could really get behind each of the characters. especially lee and raggedy's relationship, i want to see where that goes. i think skins is flopping and i reckon this would be the thing to take over. x

  • Comment number 67.

    Well impressed with Stanley Park even though dirty debbie was the main character you could still feel and relate to other characters i loved ben and ragedy ann they were class and also pulse was very good. Didnt like dappers it seemed like they were trying too hard to put an accent on and didnt keep me interested.

    Bring back Stanley park for a full seris

  • Comment number 68.

    Dappers to be the series please! Its was ace, I thought the soundtrack was brill too. Please BBC 3 do it do it do it in huggies!

  • Comment number 69.

    Stanley Park: The best thing about this is Holliday Grainger. She’s incredibly talented and it certainly shows here. She really carries it. Debbie is a fantastic character. Outside of that, Leo Richardson has a really good thing ear for snappy dialogue, and it’s wonderfully observed. On the downside, the narration is a little tiring after a while – I can’t imagine lasting for an hour – and at times, I feel like it’s trying a little bit too hard. I don’t know how much mileage you could get out of this in terms of a series, but it’s a great deal of fun. Well done to all.

    Dappers: I loved this, Lenora Crichlow and Ty Glazer do a fantastic job, and Catherine Johnson's writing is great. There's a great mix of honesty, humour and heart, plus a pretty fantastic soundtrack. Wonderful characterisation too. I really hope more episodes are commissioned for this one. There are a lot of people who'll no doubt identify with the girls, and it's great to see their day-to-day lives explored without vilifying them or their situation. Great stuff, with a lot of promise.

  • Comment number 70.

    I want to see more of Stanley Park! Interested to see how the characters will change throughout the series.

  • Comment number 71.

    Dappers. Love how it's sweet and sour. Not as good as Gavin and Stacey yet but give it a chance and it will be a big hit!

  • Comment number 72.

    great stuff, love bbc3 for these kind of things and all three of them are class. i would watch any one if they were on TV, i live in bristol and love the way they catch that flavour in dappers. pulse is a nice piece of horror as well, need more of that on TV.

    got to say stanley park is the pick of the bunch though. no need for the comparisons to skins, this is a fresh, intelligent drama for young people that isn't caught up in making everyone look stupidly cool like skins. it's like a nice mix of shameless, skins & misfits and i love it. get some more episodes out!

  • Comment number 73.

    I thought all three were amazing. Dappers was best I think. It mixed comedy and drama well. But the other two were good. Is there really only gonna be one shown???

  • Comment number 74.

    i only ever watched gavin and stacey and love being human. if i had to pick i'd def go for stanley park. it's much funnier than skins so i wouldnt compare it to that, but also it's more believable than skins. It's got that sharp humour though that gavin n staceys got but you still really like all the characters. like the other person said bit like shameless too if it was set in london. bent bens well funny and raggedy ann's really fit and a good actress. i like auntie pat and debbies relationship as well. some wicked lines in there. about getting killed outside a dry cleaners.

    i wasnt that keen on the other one, i thought it was tryin to be cool with all the music and it wasn't. got a bit bored. pulse wasn't that bad tho.

    make more stanley park and more younger fresher shows for people under 30.


  • Comment number 75.

    Stanley Park -LOVED IT. Very funny, would definitely like to see more of the Carrie Bradshaw of Croydon please!

  • Comment number 76.

    this is a good programme i like very much jkes still holt tight Shanequa's fam in dis :)

  • Comment number 77.

    I'm loving Stanley Park. I can match all of the characters to one of my friends, and I want to see where the relationship between Lee and Ann goes, and the possible relationship between Ben and Harry.

  • Comment number 78.

    omg i love stanley park, its really good, holiday granger who plays Dirty Debbie is an amazing actress & lee is amazing so wanna see what happens next.

  • Comment number 79.

    Stanley Park is brilliant.
    Why? Because it's up to date and real. Thing's that reflect modern day teenage life are always more entertaining than the slightly exaggerated ones. Great characters. Many Laugh Out Loud moments. I'm definitely wanting to see episode 2.

  • Comment number 80.

    Im an american and i watched all three and have to say it was 'dappers' for me. 'Pulse' was shockingly boring and 'stanley park' i had seen all before. I have the feeling with 'dappers' we have so much more to see. The first episodes are never the best but 'dappers' was the only one i could see wanting to watch more. SHOW MORE!!!!

  • Comment number 81.

    LOVE 'Stanley Park,' it was hilarious and so sweet! I really need to know what would happen next! More please... x

  • Comment number 82.

    I absoultely enjoyed Stanley Park. It may have the same themes as other teenage drama related programmes - but that is why the characters are so real. It is absoultely hilarious, the writing is fantastic. I found some characters (Ragedy Ann) are a little too 'panto' at times but I am sure that will be worked on throughout the series. I also think the cinematography is so current and perfect. Extremely watchable, especially Holliday - excellent excellent.
    It will be an incredible shame if Stanley Park isn't made into a series. I love it, infact I love it so much I am going to watch it again!

  • Comment number 83.

    This is an absolute no brainer, It's Dappers all the way! It's true that things get filmed in Bristol but this is a well observed quintessentially Bristolian comedy and this is something that hasn't been done before and TV is crying out for.I absolutely adored the characters especially Lenora's boyfriend, I could spread him on a cracker F.I.T!!!! There is so much scope for this show and left me wanting to see soooooo much more.Great characters, superb writing and I might be the only boy in the world who thinks the accent is sexy? I quite liked pulse too but though Stanley Park was cliched, hackneyed and frankly poor. Sorry.

  • Comment number 84.

    Dappers - good good good! More please. Real life stuff.

  • Comment number 85.

    Stanley Park is brilliant! Laugh out loud funny and endearing. More please.

  • Comment number 86.

    Absolutely brilliant, was really funny! Where can I catch more of these???

  • Comment number 87.

    "Dappers" all the way.
    TBH I'd watch the gorgeous Lenora Crichlow in anything, but she and Ty Glaser are *brilliant* in this. So funny, and original to see young single mums being funny, feisty, scammy and "making a go of it" instead of sob-story - loved it!

  • Comment number 88.

    Stanley Park is great!! Every character is different and interesting in their own way! Can't wait to see more!

  • Comment number 89.

    Dappers is pretty boring...didn't even watch the whole thing...and those accents..!???

  • Comment number 90.

    ok BBC3 I've watched all 3 pilots....Pulse, Stanley Park and Dappers.

    Already blogged about Pulse last week...first 2omins a yawn and then it really got going. Would watch a series of this

    Stanley Park...forced myself to watch until the end..not my scene at all add wouldn't watch a series

    Dappers...didn't expect to like it ..but I did...liked the lead characters, thought the acting and situations were good...liked the humour...even liked the accents. Would watch a series although each epsiode would have to have a distinct humouress storyline along with underlying relationships between 4 lead characters. Loved the babies by the way!

    So...yes to series of Pulse and to Stanley Park

  • Comment number 91.

    Really loved dappers. Great script and great acting. Please make a series!

  • Comment number 92.

    Love it! The soundtrack is good and lines like "face fulla fanny?", classic! So funny, can't wait to see the full series! Wicked show!

  • Comment number 93.

    Stanley Park is great, can't wait to see more of it!
    Lee is a great character. This needs to be a series! I'm hooked!

  • Comment number 94.

    oh wow, Stanley Park is fantastic! the way they use things that people our age would talk about like poking and following on social networking sites is genius. one word, FINALLY. some top class acting from the whole cast, i would definitely watch more episodes of this, and i'll tell all my friends about it. episode one was the PERFECT hook!

  • Comment number 95.

    Dappers is really great. It's nice to see something about single(ish) Mums on TV. Could have been handled badly, but it was both funny and bittersweet. More of that please.

  • Comment number 96.

    It's all about Dappers! Absolute class and just like every great comedy it has utterly believable characters that you will to do well. I really felt myself investing in these characters and I think that is a triumph of great acting and fantastic writing. I very much look forward to watching this series unfold. If you don't make a series I'll stop paying my TV licence! Ha!

  • Comment number 97.

    Dappers looks like it'll be a cracker. The characters are believable, the writing is sharp and the setup has the potential to provide plenty of comedy moments and emotional engagement. I would like to see more of Dappers!

  • Comment number 98.

    Dappers to win! Reminds me of early No Angels crossed with Shameless! Cracking stuff!

  • Comment number 99.

    Dappers must win! It was awesome and so funny. I think it is the best of the three pilots by a mile and would make a great BBC series! Please let there be more!

  • Comment number 100.

    I really like Dappers. I'd definitely like to see more! Much more please!


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