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Series 1 - Episode 1
Salesmen Are Like Vampires
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Vincent Swan (Ed Westwick) is a fast-talking double glazing salesman/charmer/lothario in writer Damon Beesley’s personal journey back to the 1980s’ Essex of his youth (and his dad’s job).
Beesley has also recruited James Buckley and Joe Thomas, two of the leads from his Channel 4 comedy hit The Inbetweeners, and the banter-heavy territory feels both similar and familiar: Buckley’s Fitzpatrick is another unprincipled smoothie while Thomas’s Lavender is a failed musician whose avarice usually helps him overcome any refined, considered impulses.
It’s sharply written, looks great and the tunes are fab, but you’ll need to be seduced by our main man – who constantly tries to take the viewer into his confidence with frequent direct-to-camera asides – to get properly suckered into this. Vincent is as odious as he is compelling, and his appeal could eventually wear off.
Comedy drama about a double-glazing showroom in Essex in the 1980s, where the unscrupulous sales team of Brian Fitzpatrick and Martin Lavender is led by the charismatic Vincent Swan. In the first episode, the team bet on whether Fitzpatrick can pull off the ultimate salesman's con, and Vincent's attempt to convince an old colleague to join the double glazing business takes an unexpected turn. Starring Ed Westwick, James Buckley and Joe Thomas.
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