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The Job Lot 

TV-14 | | Comedy | TV Series (2013– )
The daily troubles of everyone who works at the job centre.
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Series cast summary:
Sarah Hadland ...  Trish Collingwood 18 episodes, 2013-2015
Russell Tovey ...  Karl Lyndhurst 18 episodes, 2013-2015
Angela Curran Angela Curran ...  Janette Hodgkins 18 episodes, 2013-2015
Jo Enright Jo Enright ...  Angela Bromford 18 episodes, 2013-2015
Martin Marquez Martin Marquez ...  Paul Franks 18 episodes, 2013-2015
Laura Aikman ...  Natalie Mason 12 episodes, 2014-2015
Tony Maudsley ...  Graham Pleck 12 episodes, 2013-2014
Sophie McShera ...  Bryony West 10 episodes, 2013-2015
Adeel Akhtar ...  George Dhot 9 episodes, 2013-2014
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The daily troubles of everyone who works at the job centre.

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UK

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English

Release Date:

29 April 2013 (UK) See more »

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The Job Lot - Das Jobcenter See more »

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16:9 HD
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Sarah Hadland (Trish), Laura Aikman (Natalie), and Sophie McShera (Bryony) have all appeared in the English BBC drama 'Waterloo Road' at various times throughout the drama. See more »

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Referenced in Lorraine: Episode dated 31 October 2016 (2016) See more »

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That's Your Lot In Life
30 August 2013 | by nephihahaSee all my reviews

It was inevitable that this programme would draw comparisons with "the Office" and "Vicious" (in which it appeared in a double bill.

The first scene has Russell Tovey's character Karl complaining that he has an Art degree, and that he "shouldn't be reduced to this". You think he's a job seeker, but in fact he's "reduced" to working in this sterile ugly job centre.

It's actually quite watchable, and better than the average ITV sitcom.

The most amusing characters are Trish, the neurotic, anxious manager (who has just been through a divorce, and tries to steal her chocolate labs Ferrero and Rocher back from her ex-husband) and the bitchy Angela, who works to rule, generally undermines the others, and throws her weight around. The security guards are laughable - one's a tiny woman, and the other's a nut with military pretensions. Then there are the bizarre job seekers, one of whom is like an English Rab C. Nesbitt, and an undercover agent who attempts to catch benefit cheats. Only trouble being that he's bearded and Asian, and sticks out like a sore thumb in many environments.

Yes, it's another sitcom about tedium, but it's quite fun. I think it suffered from being on too late at night and was overshadowed by its admittedly better sibling "Vicious", but it's worth a look.


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