ITV Orders New Comedy Series ‘The Job Lot’

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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”

6 comments on “ITV Orders New Comedy Series ‘The Job Lot’

  1. THE JOB LOT HOW TASTELESS. LETS ALL LAUGH AT THE POOR TRASH.THE JOB LOT IS A CLEAR INDICATOR OF HOW OUT OF TOUCH SOME OF THE CHATTERING CLASSES ARE FROM THE PLIGHT OF THOSE ON THE MARGINS OF OUR SOCIETY.I SINCERELY HOPE THE ADVERTISERS GET COLD FEET FROM BEING ASSOCIATED WITH THIS OFFENSIVE BILGE

  2. I think it’s worth watching something before deciding to condemn it and that the previous comment came from someone who’s never been in a job centre I hope it’s a wake-up call for idiots like them so that they realise the situation isn’t as black and white as they’re making out. If D Jordan really wants to help the plight of those on the margins of society then they should start a campaign to get reality shows off the air and Jeremy Kyle as well as the advertisers who offer loans at a ridiculously high interest rate. This show seems to want to reflect the apathy it dod not cause it.

  3. What a coincidence!!! Some three years ago,a colleague and I sent a copy,plus the synopsis,of a
    comedy for serial adaptation,to several TV companies,including this one..the story being about a Jobcentre,led by a dysfunctional female team leader called…’Patricia’,not a million away from ‘Trish’,of course, So as not to offend those working,or non-working,in Jobcentres on Earth the potential series was based in Heaven,under the working title of ‘A Job Made In Heaven’..
    needless to say,the characters ranged from Stone Age men pretending to be unemployable savages in order to ‘sign on’,rather than own up to the 17 Degrees they had obtained over the years,plus Henry VIII now having to live on the Elysian Fields Estate,on benefit,with his six wives,and mother-in-laws,and so on..I’m sure you could think of many more funny scenarios!
    I’m sure this programme will start off with a fanfare..and end with a fart! As least we’ were totally original!!!

  4. Just watched Job Lots…Brilliant so funny with such a great cast.Certain scenes showed the futility of trying to communicate with job centre staff.Well done

  5. iv faced the frustration of trying to get things sorted out, not so much at the job centre but to the invisible people the hide behind phones, who cant answer your questions and refuse point blank to point you in the direction of someone that can, i hope they cover the farce of the appeal procedure it is stunningly unbelievable the lengthy wait and problems you face while stuck there with your payments suspended

  6. Ray Burridge, your comment on the similarity between this TV series and your script “some three years ago,a colleague and I sent a copy,plus the synopsis,of a comedy for serial adaptation,to several TV companies,including this one” is an interesting one. See 2010/11 financial report for BBC Worldwide Limited. The last pages of the report show how then, at least, they had a financial interest (25% fixed asset interest, related to ownership of content creation) for TV companies like this one and other independents…

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