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THE script isn’t per­fect, but this six-part time travel sit­com is just about daft enough to get away with it, and there’s a smart cen­tral idea try­ing to get out. Writ­ten by Daniel Lawrence Tay­lor, our in­ad­ver­tent he­roes are a strug­gling South Lon­don jazz quar­tet – Nick (Tay­lor), Ho­race (Sam­son Kayo), Lau­ren (Ade­layo Ade­dayo) and Ja­son (Kad­iff Kir­wan) – who, for no par­tic­u­lar rea­son, dis­cover the lift in a run down tower block is ac­tu­ally a time ma­chine, and travel to 1920s Lon­don, where they get stranded. There are too many jokes about the un­avail­abil­ity of Face­book or mo­bile phone re­cep­tion, but Tay­lor is sharper with gags about Bri­tish racism then and now, as, to be­gin, the band find them­selves the only black faces in a Down­ton Abbey land­scape. Sadly, one of the most po­ten­tially in­ter­est­ing themes – the jazz thing – is largely wasted (when the fi­nally play for a flap­per party, they do an un­jazzy Outkast cover). But flaws and all, it could be a mi­cro-cult in the mak­ing. Episode two fol­lows im­me­di­ately.

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