|Created by||Phil Bowker|
|Written by||Phil Bowker and The Cast|
|Directed by||Phil Bowker|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||12 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||30mins (inc. adverts)|
|Production company(s)||Talkback Thames (2010-1)
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)
|Original run||7 October 2010– present|
PhoneShop is a British sitcom that was first broadcast on Channel 4 as a television pilot on 13 November 2009, as part of the channel's Comedy Showcase season of comedy pilots. It was then followed by a six-episode series that was commissioned on E4 and broadcasting began on 7 October 2010.
PhoneShop is created, written, produced and directed by Phil Bowker, who is also a comedy editor at the production company behind the show, Talkback Thames. In the opening credits the cast are collectively credited with bringing in additional material. The programme had been commissioned a full series on digital channel E4 before the pilot was broadcast.
PhoneShop is set in a mobile phone shop in Sutton, London and follows a graduate named Christopher (played by Tom Bennett) who goes through a one-day trial and a subsequent employment. His fellow employees are Jerwayne (played by Javone Prince), Ashley (played by Andrew Brooke, Janine (played by Emma Fryer) and store manager Lance (played by Martin Trenaman)
|Series||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD release date|
|1||6||7 October 2010||4 November 2010||14 November 2011|
|2||6||10 November 2011||15 December 2011|
Series 1 (2010)
|#||#||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Ref|
|1||1||"Doctor Who"||Phil Bowker||Phil Bowker, The Cast & Jon MacQueen||7 October 2010|||
|Christopher has his first full day at work, still under the name of 'Newman'. Jerwayne and Ashley teach him the tricks of the trade. Janine attempts to impress Lance in the hope he will choose her as his new assistant manager due to the departure of Little Gary Patel. Rivals from the Croydon branch come in to complain at Sutton's workers. Adam Deacon stars as the store manager from Croydon|
|2||2||"Never On A Tuesday"||Phil Bowker||Phil Bowker, The Cast & Jon MacQueen||14 October 2010|||
|While Christopher prepares for a lunchtime date, Lance obsesses over an email, and Jerwayne fumes over the girl with the owl tattoo.|
|3||3||"The First Temptation Of Chris"||Phil Bowker||Phil Bowker, The Cast & Jon MacQueen||21 October 2010|||
|The arrival of area manager, Razz Prince, sets everyone on edge. Lance attempts to prove to the staff that he isn't boring, while everyone else prepares for a big night out.|
|4||4||"Bear Bad Man"||Phil Bowker||Phil Bowker, The Cast & Jon MacQueen||28 October 2010|||
|It's 'Super Sales Wednesday', otherwise known as a 'Family Fun Day' to the annoyed staff of PhoneShop Sutton. As if that wasn't enough, the threatened arrival of a security guard casts a shadow over the day.|
|5||5||"Salesman Of The Month"||Phil Bowker||Phil Bowker, The Cast & Jon MacQueen||4 November 2010|||
|For the first time in years, someone other than Little Gary Patel is in with a chance of being top salesman of the month. As the boys vie for position, Janine moons over her new boyfriend, Don.|
|6||6||"Soldier, Swingers, Shelley, Shelley"||Phil Bowker||Phil Bowker, The Cast & Jon MacQueen||4 November 2010|||
|Lance is off on his second honeymoon. Janine is in charge and teaching Christopher to go the "extra mile" for his customers and Ashley has got a date with a soldier. What's the worst that can happen?|
Series 2 (2011)
|#||#||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Ref|
|7||1||"Lance Got Game"||Phil Bowker||Phil Bowker & The Cast||10 November 2011|||
|Lean times have hit the high street, and everyone is feeling the pinch. As Ashley and Jerwayne attempt to make some extra money on the side, Shelley goes on the warpath, and Janine finds herself socialising with the cream of Croydon society.|
|8||2||"It’s Training Men"||Phil Bowker||Phil Bowker & The Cast||17 November 2011|||
|As Ashley and Jerwayne come to terms with the fact that they are getting older, Lance fumes that a training day has been dumped on him at the last minute, and Janine drags Christopher into the hunt for her stalker.|
|9||3||"The Sleepyman"||Phil Bowker||Phil Bowker & The Cast||24 November 2011|||
|Whilst a blast from Janine's past forces Christopher into a very uncomfortable position, and Jerwayne feels the wrath of his ex-girlfriend, Lance tries to take full advantage of PhoneShop Sutton's newfound fame.|
|10||4||"Whatheather"||Phil Bowker||Phil Bowker & The Cast||1 December 2011|||
|When Christopher comes into some money, cash-strapped Lance can't believe his good luck - things must be on the up. They aren't, and Lance is forced into aiding and abetting Jez's latest charity scam. Meanwhile Ashley and Jerwayne attempt to use their sales techniques as tools of seduction.|
|11||5||"Come Dine With We"||Phil Bowker||Phil Bowker & The Cast||8 December 2011|||
|As a 'Personality Greeter' is added to the staff roster, and a busking saxophonist vies for Janine's affections, Ashley realises a lifelong ambition; while Jerwayne finds that race can still be a barrier to love.|
|12||6||"Revenge Of The Razz"||Phil Bowker||Phil Bowker & The Cast||15 December 2011|||
|Feeling sidelined and unloved, Christopher is offered a new sales job by headhunter Dean Bisk, while Ashley and Jerwayne find themselves drafted into Razz Prince's Elite Selling Krew. Is this the end for PhoneShop Sutton as we know it?|
Series 3 (2013)
After the conclusion of the second series, it was announced PhoneShop has been recommissioned for a third series.
Filming of the third series has commenced in Sutton; the shop is back on its original side of the high street having spent the second series on the opposite side.
- Burrell, Ian (13 November 2009). "Ricky Gervais returns with new workplace comedy". The Independent. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
- "Episode 1.1 – Doctor Who". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
- "Episode 1.2 – Never On A Tuesday". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
- "Episode 1.3 – The First Temptation Of Chris". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
- "Episode 1.4 – Bear Bad Man". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
- "Episode 1.5 – Salesman Of The Month". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
- "Episode 1.6 – Soldier, Swinger, Shelley, Shelley". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
- "Episode 2.1 – Lance Got Game". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
- "Episode 2.2 – It’s Training Men". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
- "Episode 2.3 – Sleepyman". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
- "Episode 2.4 – WhatHeather". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
- "Episode 2.5 – Come Dine With We". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
- "Episode 2.6 – Revenge Of The Razz". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
- E4’s PhoneShop to return for third series, retrieved 9 February 2012.
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