ITV has ordered a new comedy series titled The Job Lot, from writers Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis and Stuart Lane. The broadcaster has ordered six episodes for the show’s first season, which is set to air in 2013.
Produced by Big Talk Productions, The Job Lot is set in a busy West Midlands Job Centre, and focuses on the relationships between the people who work there, and the people who don’t work there, or anywhere else for that matter. ITV picked up the series after having ordered a pilot several months ago, which was produced by Hannah Pescod (Rev.) and directed by Richard Laxton (Him & Her).
The Job Lot stars Sarah Hadland (Miranda) and Russell Tovey (Him & Her). The comedy series also includes a large supporting cast which includes: Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey) Tony Maudsley (Benidorm) Martin Marquez (Hotel Babylon), Angela Curran (This Is Jinsy), Jo Enright (Life’s Too Short) and Navin Chowdhry (Teachers). Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice will executive produce the series.
Speaking of the series order, executive producer Kenton Allen said: “the moment I read the script I immediately thought The Job Lot was a comedy idea that captured the spirit of these times and could be the answer to ITV’s ambitions to reignite primetime comedy. We are all delighted with the pilot and can’t wait for audiences to get to know the brilliant characters that lurk within Brownall Job Centre”