The adventures of a gang of British workmen abroad. Combines black and white humour with moments of drama, poignancy and drunkenness. In series 1, the lads head to Germany seeking work, and... See full summary »
Basically a vehicle for Timothy Spall, Frank Stubbs promotes was a comedy/drama much in the vein of "Minder" but without the double act. Frank is your classic down on his luck hero; in this case a promoter of actors, entertainers, sportsmen, you name it. He's broken away from his slimy boss/rival (played by Nick Reding in series 1) to be his own boss but each week, he'll either be befriending some other down on their luck has-been trying to make a comeback, or an aspiring newcomer with stars in their eyes. Added to that, Frank has his ex-wife and family to deal with, who all think he's a big loser. You couldn't help but feel sorry for Frank; he has big dreams and ambitions and genuinely wants to help everyone who comes to him, but he can't escape the fact that he's not a big time player in promotions and that he resorts to cheap, shoddy and cringeworthy publicity stunts. In series two, he begins a romance with the receptionist at a big promotions firm, and the tender romantic scenes are brilliantly played out by Spall and Carolyn Bradshaw. It was a good, fun, well acted and well written show that didn't catch on; it came out at a time when ITV were obsessed with their big network shows; Inspector Morse and Touch of Frost, and would produce a lot of crap in between that swallowed up their production budget (Saracen, The New Saint to name but two). Unless a show hit the big ratings, ITV were oft to cancel shows (they still do, sometimes in mid-season). No one else may remember Frank Stubbs Promotes, but I think of it fondly.
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