Beautiful People is a BBC sitcom. It follows the story of Simon Doonan, the "Crown Prince, well, Queen, of window dressing" as he relates his life story to anyone who will listen. Set in the 90's, it's about as fabulous as stories about the childhood of a ridiculously camp window dresser could possibly be. It faced a mixed reception, which in itself was lampshaded on its own DVD cover: While the back contained genuinely positive reviews, the front cover of the first series features a review from Heat Magazine that simply said "Perhaps the gayest sitcom ever." The show is based on the memoirs of Simon Doonan, the creative director at Barney's Department Store.
This show provides examples of tropes that live among the Beautiful People such as:
Actor Allusion: Layton Williams, who plays Kylie, played Oliver in Oliver! The second series features an episode where, in Victorian Orphan dress, Kylie sings from Oliver! to attempt to cheer Simon up.
Arc Words: Actually Series Words. The phrase "Beautiful People" appears at least once per episode, accompanied by a snatch of the show's theme song. Also, whenever the character Reba's name is mentioned, Debbie Doonan replies, "Slut."
Batman Gambit: When the Doonan family cannot afford a holiday, they stage an elaborate lie and holiday in their own living room. The failure condition is more than obvious.
Big Applesauce: The entire first series is told by Simon who lives in New York, but is subverted in that his window dressings are very un-New York. Lampshaded in the second series when Simon meets a woman with a NY accent... only to discover she's 100% British.
Butt Monkey: Simon, but then again he doesn't really do much to fight against it - barring the episode "How I Got My Posh", naturally.
The Cast Show Off: There's plenty of singing and dancing, particularly with the Musical Theatre-trained Luke Ward-Wilkinson and Layton Williams, but the second series turns this up to 11.
Hibes (Its short for 'Hi Babes' for people in too much of a hurry).
I'm not being funny but...
Chekhov's Gun: Each episode relates to how Simon acquired an item. Roughly half are this trope, the rest are just a pleasant coincidence. Outside of this, however, you have Chekhov's Miniature Replica Of The Eiffel Tower.
Expository Hairstyle Change: Two first season episodes use Hair styles as a plot, the second series gave Simon greasier hair to emphasis him going through puberty (and the memories we all have of how we looked back then).
The Faceless: Subverted. Kylie's dad appears at the start of "How I Got My Camp", but his face is hidden. He later shows up, quite faced.
Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The show is based on the memoirs of Simon Doonan, the creative director of Barney's Department Store. They took his 1950s childhood, moved it to the 90s and changed not only most of the names but also the stories. For example, fictional Simon's older sister, Ashlene, is a sexually promiscuous girl who gets pregnant at sixteen; the real Simon's older sister, Shelagh, is a lesbian.