James Buckley…

James made his name as Jay in cult sit­com The In­be­tween­ers. Now he’s back for a sec­ond se­ries of Dave's fan­tasy com­edy Zapped, play­ing of­fice temp Brian, who gets trapped in par­al­lel uni­verse Munty…

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Zapped is pretty wacky. Tell us about the sec­ond se­ries.

Yeah, it’s a weird idea. The first se­ries was ba­si­cally about Brian want­ing to get home to the real world, but this time we see how he lives day to day in Munty, which I think is fun­nier.

Brian’s a bit of a loser…

He is! Back home he’s the id­iot and no­body misses him. What’s in­ter­est­ing is that maybe he’s ac­tu­ally bet­ter off in Munty – there are peo­ple there who gen­uinely care about him.

How do you keep a straight face while film­ing?

We don’t! Com­edy is fun be­cause you’re work­ing with peo­ple who make each other laugh. When I get a script, the first thing I ask is, ‘Will it be fun?’ There’s no point do­ing this job un­less you’re hav­ing a good time.

Is that why you’ve turned down main­stream shows?

I’m drawn to projects that are a bit weird, I don’t know why. Af­ter some­thing like The In­be­tween­ers, every­one wants you in their sit­com, but I don’t want to do any­thing I don’t be­lieve in or I don’t think will be fun. I should be on TV a lot more than I am, but I’m very stub­born and it will in­evitably kill me off pro­fes­sion­ally! Do you still get recog­nised as gobby Jay Cartwright from The In­be­tween­ers? I do! For it to still mean so much to peo­ple is amaz­ing. I thought the show was funny when I signed up to it, but I wasn’t sure any­one else would!

Do you have any TV he­roes?

Rus­sell Brand is one of them. I grew up think­ing I was go­ing to be a painter and dec­o­ra­tor or a post­man, but he showed me you can come from Es­sex and make a ca­reer out of be­ing funny.

Zapped, 12 Oct, 9.40pm, Dave

‘I should be on TV a lot more than I am!’

Brian’s life in Munty is a far cry from his life in the real world

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