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Russell Tovey for the Dole Queue?

Well, not to pick up his Job Seeker's Allowance. Being Human and Him & Her actor Russell Tovey has been cast in a sitcom pilot for the ITV. The Job Lot is set in an unemployment office, although the details are sketchy according to the magazine, Broadcast.

It is believed that the sitcom will ‘target a similar blue-collar audience’ as ITV’s hit sitcom, Benidorm. This comes after the director of television at ITV, Peter Fincham, made comments after last year’s Edinburgh TV Festival. He said that ITV had ‘lost its nerve’ with comedy and he was intrigued at the success of the sitcoms screened at the LA Screenings with laughter tracks.


The Job Lot is being made by Big Talk Productions, which worked with Tovey on Him & Her. Big Talk produced Jason Manford’s stand-up comedy competition, Show Me The Funny and has a strong track record in producing returnable sitcoms.

It will star, alongside Tovey, former Hollyoaks actress Emma Rigby and Miranda actress Sarah Hadland.


Russell Tovey tweeted yesterday:

“Filming on The Job Lot going along nicely, getting biked to the theatre each night after wrap... which feels both incredibly masculine and feminine at the same time.”

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