Sunshine

9:30pm Sunday, February 21 on TV One

Award-winning actor and comedian Steve Coogan (I’m Alan Partridge) stars in TV ONE’s new comedy-drama, Sunshine, about a family’s ongoing battle with gambling addiction (tonight at 9.30pm on TV ONE).

All three generations of the Crosby family are affected by its breadwinner’s inability to control his gambling. Lovable rogue Bob, or ‘Bing’ (Coogan) as his friends call him, has been fascinated with betting since he was a child. If there’s money for betting, he’ll find it – and frequently lose it.

Bing has big plans and thinks gambling is the key to providing the good things in life for his family. He just can’t see that his addiction is actually depriving them of money, as well as his love and support due to his continual absence at the bookmakers. When Bing’s gambling spirals out of control, he risks losing everything, he must confront his gambling demons and turn his life around.

Sunshine is written by Craig Cash and Phil Mealey, the team behind the BBC’s hit comedy Early Doors and co-writers of the BAFTA award-winning The Royle Family.

Coogan says he think’s Bing is like a lot of working class men in the 21st Century, struggling to be the kind of person he wants to be but being pulled by an addiction.

“He reveals a sort of Jekyll and Hyde character. He’s got this duality; he is a good person who isn’t able to maximise his potential because of his addiction, and a consequence of his addiction is that the positive side of him is suppressed so he ends up being not a particularly good father, even though the intention is there.

“In practice and reality, he’s not particularly attentive so the main thing is that he’s just a decent, happy-go-lucky fellow who’s been drawn into the dark side.”

He says one thing that is apparent throughout Sunshine is the love that Bing’s wife, Bernadette, feels for her irresponsible husband.

“I think it is because Bing is so self-deprecating and tries to be positive all the time. There’s always a positive energy around him, which can come across as stupidity but I think he wants things to be right so he tries to inject a certain kind of playfulness.

“He doesn’t take himself too seriously and I think he makes Bernadette laugh, which is why she perhaps puts up with his misbehaviour probably longer than she would otherwise.”