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Last Gasp 

A pop star dies while making a home visit to a sick girl, leaving his entourage and the family squabbling over a balloon which holds his dying breath.


David Kerr




Episode complete credited cast:
Steve Pemberton ... Graham
Sophie Thompson ... Jan
Lucy Hutchinson ... Tamsin
David Bedella ... Frankie J Parsons
Tamsin Greig ... Sally
Adam Deacon ... Si


Sally, from the Wish-Maker charity, arranges for singer Frankie J Parsons to perform at the ninth birthday party of Graham and Jan's terminally ill daughter Tamsin. Unfortunately Frankie drops down dead, having blown up a balloon for Tamsin. Graham wants to sell the balloon on the Internet as it contains Frankie's breath and pocket the proceeds. Sally and her aggressive assistant Si want the money to go to their charity. As both sides argue Frankie is seen to be alive after all, requiring drastic action. Tamsin, however, is determined to free his soul - and whatever contains it. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Drama | Horror


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Release Date:

26 February 2014 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Wimbledon, London, England, UK

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BBC Comedy See more »
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The full first name of the sick girl, "Tamsin", is first said aloud by the character Sally, played by Tamsin Greig. See more »

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This Last Gasp episode leaves the viewer a little deflated...
26 February 2014 | by zchoudhurySee all my reviews

This, I am hoping, is the weakest of the series. A story that doesn't really go anywhere and the ending is a disappointment. I understand it is a critique of celebrity and the whole culture attached to it but it lacks laughs, horror, twists, etc that we have come to expect from Mr Shearsmith & Mr Pemberton!! So far, up until this one, the episodes have been very dark, brilliantly acted and great stories with unexpected twists. Episode two being absolutely superb and a great moment in television history! Like I say, I hope this Last Gasp episode is the weakest of the series so I can get back to loving and enjoying the last two episodes of this darkly great series (although not on par with TLOG or Psychoville, but they were unbelievably brilliant so that would be difficult!!)

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