about Tom, a Camp Gay
man, and Linda, a loud, overweight trashy straight woman, sharing a flat. Often compared with Will and Grace
, which had a similar gay man/straight woman flatshare idea, but the style and humour were a little different. Both leads were Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists
... actually maybe that isn't so different. The characters live in a grotty run down flat, that they rent from an ex-prostitute, rather than a plush apartment, and generally the characters were less middle class and the humour broader and more risque. This is an example of a typical British reaction to those impossibly glossy and unlikely American sitcoms - stripping off the American gloss and deliberately replacing it with more familiar grot.
Tom and Linda met after both being on drugs at a party and decided to live together. They appear to hate each other, but what bonds them is the fact that, pretty much, no-one else can stand either of them.
It was created by Beautiful Thing
writer Jonathan Harvey, who developed the series with actress Kathy Burke, who played Linda.Gimme, Gimme, Gimme
came 48th in Britain's Best Sitcom
. Named after the ABBA
song, "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme (A Man after Midnight)".
This show provides examples of:
- Actor Allusion: Su Pollard's character, Heidi Honeycomb, is greeted by Linda; "Heidi, Hi!"
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Tom's parents turned up in "Dirty 30".
- Baby-Doll Baby: Invoked when Linda de Hughes is given a doll to use for Egg Sitting, to help her with anger management issues, and some passing strangers leap to the conclusion that's she's deranged and an example of this trope, which enrages her, and causes her to attack them with the doll.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: They did this a lot. One time Linda actually says to Tom, "Remember Sugar, you know, my sister from the last series?"
- Camp Gay: Tom
- Chekhov's Gun: In "Stiff", where they find Beryl's body in a coffin in their living room, Beryl's boyfriend asks Linda whether she is Beryl's sister but then dismisses the idea because Linda is "too ugly". This seems like a throwaway joke at first, but the fact that Beryl has a sister comes back when Beryl turns up and announces it was her "bitch twin sister" who has died, not her.
- Citizenship Marriage: In "I Do, I Do, I Do" Tom marries an American lesbian so she can stay in the country.
- Downer Ending: In the last episode, Tom gets a job on the soap opera Crossroads and leaves the flat. It manages to get a last laugh in, revealing that Linda's infamous red hair is actually a wig and she is completely bald, but it still ends on a very sad note with her sitting alone on her bed and turning the lights off.
- The 1999 Christmas Special, where Tom and Linda have absolutely no invitations to any Year 2000 New Years party and get morosely drunk together, finally passing out with alcohol and missing cometely the moment where 1999 became 2000.
- Dumb Blonde: Suze.
- Flanderization: Unfortunately, by series 3, this had well and truly set in. Both Tom and Linda had become much, much more stupid than they were when the series started.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Linda usually mentions her's at least once an episode.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Linda and Tom.
- May-December Romance: Beryl has a much younger toyboy lover in "Stiff".
- Real Song Theme Tune: The theme tune is ABBA's "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme (A Man After Midnight)", which the show was named after. The version used as the theme tune isn't the original however, but a version sung by Tom and Linda karaoke style.
- Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Subverted; when they get to that part of the ceremony, everyone gasps and looks expectantly at Linda; who has been objecting to the whole thing. She doesn't object and just moans at them to get on with it.
- Third-Person Person: Beryl, the elderly prostitute landlady.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Although Tom and Linda seem to loathe each other as much as everyone else does, there are moments when they appear to geniunely show a strong friendship, such as Linda making an effort for Tom to have a good birthday, and the Millennium Special, in which Tom and Linda are the only characters to appear (dream sequences and the Big Lipped Alligator Moment notwithstanding), is full of them.