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An overlooked bleak comedy masterpiece
on 18 September 2016
This show has been criminally overlooked in my opinion. Short version - The Office meets Green Wing in a south London council estate. Now if those shows aren't your thing, fine, move on. If, like me, you loved both of them, this will go straight to the top of your favourites.
The setup is pretty classic sitcom. A grumpy misanthrope has to deal with the annoyances of his life - a job he doesn't care about, neighbours with varying degrees of annoyance and insanity, and a chirpy but naive flatmate. Where it flies is just how far it's willing to push the strangeness envelope. Lock's character, Vince, is a compulsive liar who steals other people's anecdotes and tells them back to them, including pretending to have only one testicle just because he thought it made him more interesting. His flatmate Errol is so pathologically nice he has to hide in the basement to avoid telling a customer they don't have what he wants in stock.
Interspersed between Vince and Errol's stories are vignettes from their neighbours - from the man who mostly asks his mail order bride for help in locating pencils and lost hamsters (no, get that filthy thought out of your mind), via the human statue who's definitely getting a custodial sentence this time, to the man who'll only communicate with the police through a glove puppet that is his housekeeper.
No amount of text can really do justice to the sheer strangeness and brilliance of the series, just go ahead and buy it.