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14 November 2012

The Job Lot

Sarah Hadland (Miranda) and Sarah Hadland (Him & Her) are to head the cast of a new sitcom commissioned by ITV called The Job Lot.

The comedy is set in a busy West Midlands Job Centre and will focus on the relationships between the people that work there and the people that don’t work there, or anywhere else for that matter.

It’s work, or the lack of it, that brings the characters together, and their relationships, or lack of them, around which the series revolves.

The Job Lot boasts an impressive ensemble cast that includes; Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey), Tony Maudsley (Benidorm), Jo Enright (Life’s Too Short), Martin Marquez (Hotel Babylon), Angela Curran (This is Jinsy), Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions) and Tamla Kari (The Inbetweeners Movie).

The Job Lot tells the story of neurotic Trish (played by Sarah Hadland) who runs the Brownall Job Centre aided by her staff, including reluctant and truculant Karl (Russell Tovey).

Joining them in the day-to-day madness is co-worker Angela (Jo Enright) – a woman so sour she could curdle milk and plain speaking Danielle (Tamla Kari) who’s just returned to work after giving birth.

Protecting the staff of the Brownall Job Centre are two security guards; diminutive Janette (Angela Curran) and her colleague, cheeky charmer, Paul (Martin Marquez). Their unique skills are unlikely to be tested if the Job Centre regulars such as Graham (Tony Maudsley) and Bryony (Sophie McShera) are the kind of ‘customers’ they have to contend with.

Never fear, as, Fraud Officer George (Adeel Akhtar) is on their case. A lone wolf who takes his under cover surveillance work very seriously.

The Job Lot is a Big Talk Production and the first series from the Midlands based writing team of Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis and Stuart Lane. Executive Producers is Big Talk Chief Executive, Kenton Allen (Rev, Friday Night Dinner.) Hannah Pescod is Producer (Rev) and Martin Dennis is Director (Friday Night Dinner).

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