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The Channel 4 Comedy Showcase - Series 1 (2007)
Channel 4 broadcast six new comedy pilots in 2007 under the 'comedy showcase' heading. It was considered a very successful set of pilots as three of them (The Kevin Bishop Show, Plus One and Free Agents) have since gone onto full series...
Episode 1 - Other People
Original Air Date: 5th October 2007
Martin Freeman stars as Greg Wilson, a washed-up child whose career was ended in 1986 after being publicly humiliated on a kid's show phone-in. Now in his 30s, Greg is recognised at his sofa-salesman job by a former fan and asked for an autograph, a request that sets a bizarre set of circumstances in motion and sees Greg wind up in a courtroom facing a long sentence.
Starring: Martin Freeman, Nicholas Burns, Siobhan Finneran, Philip Davis, John Fortune, Rebecca Grant, Matt Green, Emma Kennedy, Adrian Mackinder, James Rochfort.
Writers: Toby Whithouse (creator of, amongst other things, the new BBC3 hit Being Human)
Episode 2 - Ladies & Gentlemen
Original Air Date: 12th October 2007
Penned by Peep Show writers Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, Ladies and Gentlemen follows the single lives and awkward loves of a group of 30-something friends who share a house in London. Oh, and it's 1865. Horatio is the youngest son of a Baron, a man incapable of earning a living who gets by because of his superior social position.
Starring: Darren Boyd, Reece Shearsmith, Adam Buxton, Lucy Punch, Rosie Cavaliero, Cara Horgan, Christina Cole, Dominic Coleman, Neil Edmond, Karl Johnson, Jessica Regan.
Writers: Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show)
Episode 3 - Plus One
Original Air Date: 19th October 2007
What do you do when your girlfriend leaves you to marry Duncan from Blue? You decide to outshine them on their wedding day, that's what. From award-winning production company Kudos, Plus One follows the best efforts of Rob Black to secure a beautiful woman as his wedding guest in an attempt to get his own back.
NB - Has a different actor playing 'Rob'.
Starring: Daniel Mays, Miranda Raison, Duncan James, Ruth Bradley, Nigel Harman, Ingrid Oliver, Steve John Shepherd, Steve Jones.
Writers: Tim Allsop & Stewart Williams
Episode 4 - The Eejits
Original Air Date: 26th October 2007
From the makers of Peep Show and Star Stories, and written by Father Ted co-creator Arthur Mathews with Paul Woodfull, comes The Eejits. Maurice and Gerard, are two would-be musicians whose ambitions far outreach their abilities, but that doesn't stop them from dreaming of the big time.
Starring: Dessie Gallagher, Patrick McDonnell, Paul McGlinchey, Ned Dennehy, Kathy Burke.
Writers: Paul Woodfall & Arthur Mathews (Father Ted)
Episode 5 - Free Agents
Original Air Date: 9th November 2007
Alex has a lot to be thankful for. His health, for example. Growing up in Twickenham rather than, say, Baghdad. And the tiny sofa in his poky office, he's pretty thankful for that as he's been calling it home ever since he left his wife and children.
Starring: Stephen Mangan, Sharon Horgan, Anthony Head, Matthew Holness, Sara Pascoe, Dolly Wells, Tom Goodman-Hill, Anna Maxwell-Martin
Writers: Chris Niel
Episode 6 - Kevin Bishop
Original Air Date: 23rd November 2007
From the award-winning team behind Star Stories, Comedy Showcase: Kevin Bishop is a super-fast-paced sketch show that shows off Kevin's many talents including his take on celebrities, footage gags and introducing many fresh new characters and one-off skits, comprising a mammoth 42 sketches in 23 minutes.
Starring: Kevin Bishop, Jim Howick, Katie Males, Oliver Maltman, Karen Gillan.
Writers: Kevin Bishop, Lee Hupfield, Nico Tatarowicz, David Cadji-Newby, Andrew Dawson, Steve Dawson, Tim Inman, Samantha Martin, Les Keen.
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