Goldplated is an eight-part drama series from World Productions which made its debut on Channel 4 on Wednesday 18 October 2006 at 10.00pm. It was created by Jimmy Gardner. It follows self-made businessman John White (played by David Schofield), as he struggles to complete a business deal that could be compromised by past indiscretions.
Similarly to The Sopranos (which the show has been compared to) White's personal life is intertwined with his business life. He lives in Northern England with his partner Cassidy, who is half his age, and their son, while in the process of divorcing his wife Beth (Barbara Marten). His oldest son Darren is his business partner, while his other two children with Beth also feature. Kenny Doughty also stars in 4 episodes as Cassidy's love interest.
Despite a massive promotional effort that included a nationwide poster campaign featuring giant Gold Credit cards across Great Britain the drama fared poorly in the ratings, drawing only 1.4 million viewers for its opening episode. Reviews were not much better: Matt Baylis of The Daily Express described it as 'a string of cliches long ago exhausted by older and better shows'; Ian Johns of The Times was confused about the tone, but praised the team behind the series.