Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Not a comedy series despite its punny title, the British weekly Sex, Chips and Rock 'N' Roll was set in the Manchester community of Eccles in 1965. Gillian Kearney and Emma Cooke starred as non-identical 18-year-old twins Ellie and Arden, who, for most of their lives had been carefully and strictly raised by their humorless (and curiously bitter) Grandmother Irma (Sue Johnston). Gran's hard work proved to be for naught when Ellie and Arden lost their hearts to the Ice Cubes, an ambitious rock music trio. Along the way, the viewers discovered the real, deep-lying reason that Grandmother Irma was so dead-set against the Ice Cubes' intrusion in the girls' lives. The villain of the piece was a bloke named Norman (David Threlfall), who, to use the Dickensian expression, could make the flesh creep. Produced by Wall to Wall Productions for BBC1, the six 50-minute episodes of Sex, Chips and Rock 'N' Roll originally aired from September 5 to October 10, 1999. Viewers outside the United Kingdom were treated to the series courtesy of the BBC America cable channel.