We’d be happy if this sitcom pilot was commissioned for a series. We couldn’t see the similarities to Quantum Leap (it was described as a 21-century of the time-travelling drama) but we could see a likeness to Peep Show.
What was good about it?
• Sam Leifer and Tom Basden’s script didn’t go all out for laughs, but made sure there was integrity to the far-fetched set-up in which scooter-riding school caretaker Owen (Marc Wootton) was recruited by old tramp Melvin (Patrick Barlow) to become ‘Caretaker of the World… Brighton and Hove Division, preventing disasters albeit very tiny disasters. His cocky mate Jamie (Tom Basden) was corerced into becoming his partner (“NOT sidekick”).
• The Owen-Jamie chemistry worked well – similar to the Mark-Jeremy pairing of two losers (however much Jamie likes to think he’s something special, he’s just a man who dresses as animals to promote crab sticks or pork scratchings).
• The pair’s mission – confiscating the homebrewed beer of one-eyed science teacher Iain “Sleazely” Beasley – to avoid it becoming contaminated in 2013. Were they being conned into providing Melvin and his mates with free beer? Or were they really doing something vital to mankind? We’ll never know.
• The Dainty Damsels, fronted by timid teacher Miss Violet, performing the Turtles’ Happy Together.
• There were some well-written jokes. Examples:
“My friend lost her mobile phone” “Oh poor thing…How well is she is she dealing with it ?” “I cant get through to her”
“If you really are from the future, tell me who won the FA Cup in 2062” “Facebook FC. Chelsea got renamed.”
“I see they still use Clip Art in the future.”
“My uncle did something with Dido… laying the patio.”
What was bad about it?
• The meagre level of laugh-out-loud moments may have hampered its chances of becoming a series.