The Café was Sky One's beautiful, bittersweet and quiet little sitcom written by and starring Ralf Little and Michelle Terry.
Set in the seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare, this understated and naturalistic series felt very much in the Mike Leigh vein. It followed the comings and goings of several characters who congregate around a small cafe run by the generational trio of Mary (June Watson) Carol (Ellie Haddington) and Sarah (Michelle Terry) Some of the regular visitors - always greeted by Carol with the words 'talk of the devil, hello...' whether she was talking about them or not! - were Ralf Little's nursing home care assistant Richard who has feelings for Sarah, and David Troughton's florist Stan who quietly carries a torch for Carol, along with his daughter the daffy Chloe played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, gay living statue street artist Keiran played by Kevin Trainor and Brian Murphy and Marcia Warren as elderly couple, the Dobsons. Tim Roth's son Jack appeared in series one as Big Issue Frank (so called because he sold The Big Issue outside the cafe) whilst Robert Glenister (brother of Phil) joined the cast for series two as Carol's estranged hubby Phil.
The series reunited Little with his Royle Family co-star Craig Cash who directed the first series (broadcast in 2011) whilst Robin Sheppard took on directing duties for series two which aired in 2013. Sadly due to falling ratings, Sky One in their 'infinite wisdom' decided to scrap this lovely little show last year.
The theme tune was a cover of Beyond The Sea beautifully sung by Liverpudlian/Geordie folky Kathryn Williams