ITV2 has handed out a second season renewal to time-travel comedy Timewasters. Six episodes have been commissioned for the show’s second season, which will start filming next week for a 2019 premiere.
Timewasters follows a struggling four-piece South London jazz band who travel back in time via a urine-sodden lift in a dilapidated block of flats. The comedy, which was created by Daniel Lawrence Taylor, is produced by Big Talk Productions, and stars Lawrence Taylor, Kadiff Kirwan, Adelayo Adedayo and Samson Kayo.
In season two our time-travelling jazz band are transported to 1950’s London. In a world of budding pop sensations, the band start a jazz club. Nick is desperate to rival those in the swinging heart of Soho by booking jazz legends of the day. Jason discovers that his one true love from the 1920’s, Victoria, is alive and well and now has a thirty-two-year-old son – Jason Junior. Is it finally time for Jason to grow up and become a Dad? Lauren is on a roll with more get-rich-quick schemes but finds herself developing feelings for stiff upper lipped soldier Jason Junior. And can Nick save the future of Jazz when Horace inadvertently introduces garage music to a young Ronnie Scott who decides MC Horace is now the one to follow?
But in an atmosphere of post-war Cold War paranoia our gang wonder if their time-travelling antics will be spotted – someone seems to be on their tail. With their typical mix of brazen opportunism and massive incompetence, they’re going to have to work much harder this time round to keep their adventures on the down-low. It’s not until our gang accidentally start the Notting Hill Riots that they realise it might be time to get home – but can they? Joining the cast for the show’s second season is Anna Chancellor (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Hour), Javone Prince (PhoneShop, The Javone Prince Show), Ellie White (The Windsors) and Daniel Rigby (Eric & Ernie).
Timewasters season two was commissioned for ITV2 by ITV’s Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions Paul Mortimer and ITV’s Comedy Controller Saskia Schuster. The writers are Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Barunka O’Shaughnessy, Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis and Stuart Lane. The executive producers are Big Talk Chief Executive Kenton Allen (Rev, Him & Her, Mum) and Victoria Grew (Yonderland, Goodnight Sweetheart). Jim Poyser is the series producer, while George Kane returns as Director.