ITV2 has given the greenlight to Timewasters, a six episode scripted time-travel comedy series which hails from Daniel Lawrence Taylor and Big Talk Productions, TVWise has learned.
“You don’t see that many black people in period dramas, or in time machines, so I thought I’d try to write about both”, Taylor said in a statement. “There are so many great people on board and I can’t wait to get started”
Timewasters follows struggling four-piece South London jazz band who travel back in time to the 1920s via a urine-sodden lift in a dilapidated block of flats. Stuck in the past after their ‘time machine’ is destroyed, they decide to explore, before quickly discovering that being young and black in the Jazz Age is a lot less genteel and a lot more shady than Downton Abbey had led them to believe.
In addition to creating the series and penning the scripts, Daniel Lawrence Taylor (Cockroaches) also leads the cast as Nick. Other cast members include Kadiff Kirwan (Chewing Gum) as Jason, Adelayo Adedayo (Skins) as Lauren and Samson Kayo (Youngers) as Horace. Kevin Eldon also stars as John Logie Baird, who helps the band navigate the parties and pitfalls of the Roaring Twenties while searching for a way back home.
“We’re really excited to be bringing a truly original and brand new scripted comedy to ITV2”, said ITV’s Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions Rosemary Newell, who commissioned the series alongside Comedy Commissioner Saskia Schuster. “Daniel Lawrence Taylor is a real shining talent and Timewasters is perfectly pitched at our key demographic of young adults”.
Announced earlier today at the Edinbrugh International Television Festival, Timewasters is being produced by The Job Lot and Rev. indie Big Talk Productions, with the company’s CEO Kenton Allen serving as the executive producer alongside Saurabh Kakkar. Josh Cole is the series producer, while Crashing helmer George Kane is attached to direct. Barunka O’Shaughnessy is the script editor.