1980s com­edy a glaz­ing suc­cess

Irish Sunday Mirror - - TALK TV -

■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.

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