Here is an exclusive first peak at a new Channel 4 comedy about a group of young people living in very unusual circumstances.
Crashing, written by Broadchurch actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge, follows a group of young “property guardians” who are saving money by living in a disused hospital.
The vogue for property guardianship has risen in an age when living space has become increasingly unaffordable for the young but is a useful investment for often-absent owners who don’t want their properties to be damaged or invaded by squatters.
Waller-Bridge plays Lulu, the friend of Anthony (Damien Molony) who lives in the hospital with his girlfriend Kate (Louise Ford).
Uptight Kate becomes increasingly anxious about the closeness between her boyfriend and his oldest friend. Is there more to their friendship than she has been led to believe?
Also in the mix come vain estate agent Sam (Jonathan Bailey), sexy French artist Melody (Julie Dray) and frustrated, shy and excitable Fred (Amit Shah).
But it’s not all about the youngsters. Adrian Scarborough plays a hapless middle-aged divorcee called Colin who finds himself joining in the mayhem when he attracts the attentions of Melody…
Warning: mild adult content:
It is the first TV writing commission for Waller-Bridge who has written her own stage plays before and starred as ruthless barrister Abby Thompson in Broadchurch series 2.
She said: ‘It’s an absolute dream to be writing for such a sexy, funny, groundbreaking channel. I’m over the moon that they’ve let this naughty little gang of characters into the fold.”
Crashing starts on January 11th at 10pm on Channel 4
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.