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Brand new comedy Timewasters comes to ITV2

Published: Wed 24 Aug 2016

Brand new comedy Timewasters comes to ITV2
 
ITV2 has commissioned Timewasters, a brand new 6 x 30 comedy written and created by Daniel Lawrence Taylor, arriving on the channel from multi award-winning producers Big Talk Productions (The Job Lot, Rev, Cockroaches).
 
Timewasters is a comedy about a struggling four-piece South London jazz band who travel back in time to the 1920’s via a urine-sodden lift in a dilapidated block of flats. 
 
Our time travelling friends are Daniel Lawrence Taylor (Cockroaches, Uncle) who plays Nick, Kadiff Kirwan (Chewing Gum, Crims), who plays Jason, Adelayo Adedayo (Skins, Some Girls), who plays Lauren and Samson Kayo (Youngers, The Javone Prince Show), who plays Horace.
 
Stuck in the past after their ‘time machine’ is destroyed, our gang decide to explore, before quickly discovering that being young and black in the Jazz Age is a lot less genteel and a lot more shady than Downton Abbey had led them to believe.   
 
Aided and abetted by a pair of oddball twins and some 1920s luminaries (including John Logie Baird, played by Kevin Eldon), the band are forced to navigate the parties and pitfalls of the Roaring Twenties while searching for a way back home. All the while, not missing the opportunity to introduce the Bright Young Things to some of the twenty-first century’s finest tunes. 
 
Timewasters is a Big Talk production, written and created by Daniel Lawrence Taylor. Executive Producers are Big Talk Chief Executive, Kenton Allen (Rev, Him & Her, Mum) and Saurabh Kakkar (Brian Pern, Security Men). Josh Cole (Cockroaches, Crashing) is Producer with George Kane (Crashing) as Director. Barunka O’Shaughnessy (Camping, Hunderby) is script editor.
 
Daniel Lawrence Taylor said “You don’t see that many black people in period dramas, or in time machines, so I thought I’d try to write about both. There are so many great people on board and I can’t wait to get started”. 
 
Rosemary Newell, Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions said: "We're really excited to be bringing a truly original and brand new scripted comedy to ITV2. Daniel Lawrence Taylor is a real shining talent and Timewasters is perfectly pitched at our key demographic of young adults”.
 
Kenton Allen, Big Talk Chief Exec said “Daniel Lawrence Taylor's audacious idea of 4 time traveling dudes from South London going 'black to the future' has been a joy to make from start to finish. It's a brilliant concept with a cracking cast bringing Daniel's script to life. As an exciting new sitcom writer/performer DLT has a very promising future via his whip smart exploration of what would happen if we could re-visit the past.' 
 
“Timewasters is a very funny, smart new comedy with a brilliant cast. And who knew you could travel back in time via a lift in a South London block of flats?” says Saskia Schuster, ITV's Comedy Commissioner
 
Timewasters has been commissioned for ITV2 by Rosemary Newell, Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions and Saskia Schuster, ITV’s Comedy Commissioner.