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Series 1 - Episode 1
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Rebecca Front is almost unrecognisable as blonde health club manageress and “Leighton Buzzard’s slimmer of the decade” Alison Crabbe. Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders’ Ev) plays an affronted punter, Bergita (sounds like “big eater”), while Tim Healy is a well-endowed handyman barely contained by his shorts. And the ever-arch Frances Barber pops up as... well, her role isn’t clear in this first episode; maybe next week.
So, a promising ensemble for a sitcom that reads like a retread of The Brittas Empire, is a tad short on laughs and perhaps needed more sessions on a cross trainer before public exposure. Still,
is the brainchild of Derren Litten, creator of the heroically bawdy Benidorm, which I won’t hear a word against, so it could well take off in coming weeks. And this time, Litten has put himself in the frame as an aerobics instructor in a wheelchair.
Comedy set in a health club that boasts it can cure anyone - a claim that couldn't be further from the truth. Written by and starring Derren Litten, with Rebecca Front, Niky Wardley and Tim Healy. In the first episode, suicidal cleaner Rose goes to great lengths to get noticed, while receptionist Sally suffers the consequences of upsetting fussy regular Begita Wylde (Cheryl Fergison, formerly Heather in EastEnders).
Full Episode Guide
Rebecca Front: I'd run The Thick of It from here to eternity if it was up to me
The star of Sky Living's The Spa talks about the demise of Armando Iannucci's political satire and her new role as bolshy spa manageress Alison Crabbe
Hollyoaks: Gary Lucy reunites with Footballers' Wives co-star Susie Amy
Hollyoaks: Luke and Tony fight it out over Mandy - Gary Lucy interview
Emmerdale: Robert's scam revealed as Tim fakes his death
EastEnders bombshell: Jane to leave Ian - what happens next?