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Prospects is a comedy drama series originally shown on Channel 4. The 12 episodes followed two East End 'geezer' characters - Jimmy 'Pincy' Pince played by Gary Olsen and Billy 'Bill' Pearson played by Brian Bovell whilst they try to scratch a living in London's Isle of Dogs. It's many themes, often with comedic results, we're 'motivated' by the then UK's government, social decay, racism and general decline in employment opportunities. Written by
This gritty comedy drama series featured two unemployed likely lads'
throughout East London, during the grim days of Thatcher's Britain in the
Pincy and Billy, the series main characters, were continually 'duckin' and
divin' across an
area of London called The Isle of Dogs, as they struggled to survive on
(Government Benefits) and earn a meagre crust from the odd dodgy employer.
All cash in hand, of course.
The series covered many topics such as the racism that Billy encounters, as
(just about) black person to regularly appear in each episode. Pincy
to his friend's aid when these situations arise, which often causes
resentment on Billy's
part, as he is fed up of meeting discrimination whenever he tries to
his lot. The
two actors who portrayed the main characters, the late Gary Olsen as Pincy,
Bovell as Billy, seemed to have quite an amiable chemistry together. And
clear that in some scenes that they were having much fun during production
series. In one hilarious episode that I remember very well, the boys take
girlfriends on a camping trip. But unfortunately they pack only one small
tent by mistake,
which collapses during a heavy downpour. They go through many women during
series, as they ironically never seem to have much prospects...or
All in all, Prospects was well written, acted, and produced, by Channel 4.
one series was made.
It is much missed by fans such as myself.
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