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FIRST LOOK Trailers: Comedy on BBC Two, Porters, The Silkworm, Timewasters, Upstart Crow

This week’s new telly trailers include a raft of new comedies as well as the second instalment of the Strike series, The Silkworm.

Here are the latest telly trailers to have hit the internet this week…


Famalam, The Other One, The Pact | BBC Two, Wednesdays at 9pm

Like last year, BBC Two have made three new comedy pilots which they’ll air over the next three weeks at 9pm on Wednesdays.

Famalam is a new comedy sketch show where no area of the universe is off-limits. It stars Samson Kayo, Vivienne Acheampong, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Roxanne Sternberg, John Macmillan and former Vine superstar Tom Moutchi and shines a comedic light on everything from alien encounters in the outer reaches of the galaxy to what happens when a man is left on his own in a house for 10 minutes holding only a phone and a remote.

The Other One is a narrative comedy about a girl called Catherine Walcott. And another girl called Catherine Walcott. Sisters who had no idea the other existed until their father drops dead.

Cathy has a fiancé, a Duke of Edinburgh Award and a pension. Cat has a pay-as-you-go phone. The only things they have in common are their names (a smart move if you’ve got a secret daughter). Both of them have always wanted a sister, just maybe, not each other. Written by Holly Walsh, the pilot stars Siobhan Finneran, Rebecca Front, Ellie White, Lauren Socha and Amit Shah.

The Pact is about two teenaged friends who make a pact that if they’re both still single aged 35, they’ll marry each other. Amy doesn’t think it’ll ever happen. Andy, who’s secretly in love with Amy, desperately hopes that it will.

Twenty years later, Amy and Andy have drifted apart. Andy is divorced with a four year old son, but in a new relationship with a woman named Kelly. Amy, meanwhile, has managed to avoid growing up entirely. She lives in a flat-share, works behind a bar, and her relationships never seem to go beyond drunken one night stands.

When Andy and Amy bump into each other again, it’s life-changing for both of them. Face to face with their pasts, they’re forced to reconsider their futures. Is it time for Amy to take responsibility for her life? Should Andy throw caution to the wind and pursue his childhood crush? Whatever happens, they’re going to end up together, right? Stars Sarah Solemani and Brett Goldstein.


Porters | Dave, Wednesday 20th September at 10pm

This week, Dave released an extended trailer for their brand new three-part comedy Porters, which stars Ed Easton, Susan Wokoma, Claudia Jessie and Rutger Hauer.

Set in a fictional hospital, Porters follows deluded Simon Porter (Easton), who dreams of passing his medical exam and becoming a doctor, but by starting at the bottom, and becoming the best porter the NHS has ever seen. All he has to do is survive a few months grafting in a hospital basement and try not to kill any of the patients. Whilst Wokoma and Jessie play Frankie and Lucy. Frankie is the cynical, self-styled “Queen of the Porters” whilst Lucy is the naïve nurse.

Look out for some very familiar faces, including Jo Joyner, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Mat Horne and Kelsey Grammer!


Strike – The Silkworm | BBC One, Sunday 9th September at 9pm

Based on the books of Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling), The Silkworm is the second in what is so far a trilogy of books and following the Lula Landry success, Strike’s agency is busy.

When asked by Leonora Quine to track down her missing husband, the novelist Owen Quine, Strike agrees to take on the case and speaks to Quine’s agent Liz Tassell, who was furious because Quine’s latest book, Bombyx Mori, libeled many people.

He learns that Quine’s mistress, Kathryn Kent, was hurt by her depiction in Bombyx Mori and then discovers that Quine co-owned a house with a rival novelist, Andrew Fancourt. He finds Quine’s body there, disemboweled and surrounded by plates. Robin shows him Bombyx Mori – Quine’s grisly killing matching the death of the hero.


Timewasters | ITV2, October

New sitcom Timewasters was originally announced over a year ago and it seems as though the series is finally about to air on ITV2. The six-part comedy is about a struggling four-piece South London jazz band who travel back in time to the 1920’s via a urine-sodden lift in a dilapidated block of flats.

The time travelling friends are Daniel Lawrence Taylor who plays Nick, Kadiff Kirwan who plays Jason, Adelayo Adedayo who plays Lauren and Samson Kayo who plays Horace.

Stuck in the past after their ‘time machine’ is destroyed, our gang decide to explore, before quickly discovering that being young and black in the Jazz Age is a lot less genteel and a lot more shady than Downton Abbey had led them to believe.

Aided and abetted by a pair of oddball twins and some 1920s luminaries (including John Logie Baird, played by Kevin Eldon), the band are forced to navigate the parties and pitfalls of the Roaring Twenties while searching for a way back home. All the while, not missing the opportunity to introduce the Bright Young Things to some of the twenty-first century’s finest tunes.


Upstart Crow | BBC Two, Monday 11th September at 8:30pm

Following a successful first series, Upstart Crow returns for a second run with David Mitchell back as William Shakespeare, a man desperately balancing the competing claims of a busy family life in Stratford and trying to become the greatest writer of all time in London.

In the opening episode, Will has to contend with the sneering rivalry of Robert Greene (Mark Heap) and the demands of having to churn out hits for a theatre company full of needy egos (played by Steve Speirs, Spencer Jones and Dominic Coleman), while at the same time facing one hell of a commute, back and forth to see the family in Stratford-upon-Avon, home of his wife Anne (Liza Tarbuck), stroppy teenage daughter Susannah (Helen Monks), his young twins, and his parents – dodgy dealing Dad (Harry Enfield) and posh-family-gone-to-seed mum (Paula Wilcox).


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