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15 Storeys High is a critically acclaimed British sitcom, set in a tower block. The main characters are Vince Clark, a misanthropic, cynical recluse played by Sean Lock, and Errol Spears, Vince's exact opposite and whipping boy.
From the DVD: "In a tower block on a council estate in South London, flat owner Vince takes in a new lodger, Errol. It's a big mistake. Errol is a nice, considerate, thouroughly decent bloke who has moved down to London and is working his way through a list of things he wants to achieve in life (Number 36: drink a capuccino, number 37: work with fish); Vince is the most sullen man in Britain who, having spent too much time living on his own, lacks both tolerance and social graces. A lifeguard at the local swimming pool, Vince takes great pride in being able to tell swimmers off for no reason and obtains his home decorating ideas from photos in Readers' Wives.
No regular visitors come to visit the two men, as Vince has no friends and Errol feels that any friendships he has made will be jeopardised by his landlord. But that's not to say there are no encounters. What with Rastafarians doing dub reggae workouts, men with Shetland ponies in their spare bedrooms, single mothers salsacising in their living rooms, and dope smoking teenagers inhabiting the lifts... life is a constant whirl of social interaction. Of sorts."
The series was written by Sean Lock, Martin Trenaman and Mark Lamarr (as Mark Jones), and directed by Mark Nunneley. In the second TV series Lamarr is also credited as a writer.
Both series were released as a two-disc set on 17 February 2007. The extras include commentaries by Phil Bowker, Mark Lamarr, Sean Lock, Mark Nunneley and Martin Trenaman and a conversation with Sean Lock and Mark Lamarr, entitled 'Writing 15 Storeys'.
Series one (original air dates: 07/11/2002 - 12/12/2002):
The Sofa (commentary by Sean Lock, Phil Bowker and Mark Nunneley)
Blue Rat (commentary by Sean Lock and Martin Trenaman)
In 2003, 15 Storeys High was nominated for a BAFTA in the Best New Director category for its unique style, and innovative shots.
"It should not take more than six minutes of your time to realise that this is the best comedy on television"
- The Sunday Times
"Lock's off-the-beaten-track sitcom is inadequate preparation for the live experience. On television Lock is bleak to the point of alienation."
- Bruce Dessau in the London Evening Standard, 19 December 2002.
"The straight acting, the rawness of the dialogue and arid production values make this resemble a Beckett play as filmed by Krzysztof Kieslowski. Minimal but beautifully constructed plots involve accidents at the local swimming baths and the loss of a sofa. On paper, 15 Storeys High is not remotely funny, but onscreen it has a bittersweet allure."
- Bruce Dessau in the London Evening Standard, 2 January 2004
"Many of the most successful sitcoms, such as Steptoe and Son, Fawlty Towers and Porridge, have featured characters who, for one reason or another, are unable to escape from each other. While no one would suggest that 15 Storeys High is in that league, it possesses an appealingly dark sense of the absurd..."
- James Rampton in The Independent, 26 February 2004.
"extraordinarily well-written comedy with plot strands and incidental characters worthy of vintage Seinfeld."
- The Times
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