1980s comedy a glazing success
■White Gold: BBC Two, Wednesday, 10pm You could be forgiven for wondering if Inbetweeners characters Simon and Jay travelled back in time to play two dodgy salesmen in BBC2’S hit sitcom White Gold. Set in 1983, its soundtrack of 80s classics evokes a dynamic decade of change. For Essex-born writer and director Damon Beesley – one half of the team behind the cult Channel 4 comedy The Inbetweeners – the location was a no-brainer. He said: “It had to be Essex. In the time of the miners’ strikes, the country was in disarray, we were polarised in our politics. But where I lived, we experienced the benefits of Margaret Thatcher’s policies – social mobility was occurring and people were making money.” People like smarmy reprobate Fitzpatrick (pictured) and failed musician Lavender who peddle double glazing coated with white plastic at hugely inflated prices to gullible clients. The similarities to The Inbetweeners are endless – the pair banter non-stop and their toilet humour is never far from the surface – and there’s a nod to Del Boy’s wheeler-dealer antics as well. Brash and cocky salesman Vincent Swan (played by Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick) isn’t afraid of causing offence either. The six-part series is all dodgy dealings, scams and petty rivalries with a liberal dose of drugs, cash and sex thrown in for good measure. White Gold? Pure gold, more like.