Trollied, Series Seven, Episode Eight ~ Review

It’s the series finale! That’s crept up on us faster than you can say Serves You Right! Do Gavin (Jason Watkins) and Cheryl (Sarah Parish) reconcile? Will Lou (Sally Phillips) find another job? Is Linda (Faye McKeever) set to get back with Nev (Dominic Coleman)? Will Lisa (Beverly Rudd) ever open her till? Read all about it here:

Eye Contact

Cheryl and Gavin were headed for splitsville last week following Gavin’s confession about his reasons for hiring Lou. However, things are looking up, quite literally as apparently she’s started making eye contact again! Will the wedding be on again?

Linda’s Lament

Linda (Faye McKeever) has started mooning after Neville again! Yes, Neville! However, Sue (Lorraine Cheshire) is quick to tell her to leave him alone. Wisely, despite her protest that her happiness should come before Nev’s, Linda tells Nev she hopes he and Meg have something special, like they did.

Best Man

Brian (Stephen Tompkinson) insists that he will be Gavin’s Best Man and has Margaret (Rita May) listen to his speech. Which is rather like an essay! Poor Brian, he’s got no insight whatsoever and he certainly isn’t going to be Gavin’s best man!

New Night Manager

There’s a new Night Manager! It’s Lou!! When Cheryl talks to the clueless soon to be ex employee she finds reasons to keep her on and also reconnects with her reasons for loving and wanting to marry Gavin. So, the wedding is back on!

Stag & Hen

Lisa and Colin (Carl Rice) are getting stuck into planning the stag and hen dos, with Katie (Chanel Cresswell) trying her best to reign it in and organise a more sedate offering. When the unwitting newly-weds-to-be arrive in the canteen for their surprise do they’re first treated to a quiz. However, the raucousness soon breaks out at the hands of Lisa and Colin and the photographic evidence is hilarious! Surely we’ll have a series eight as there’s still a wedding to come, now!

 

 

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Trollied Episode Seven, Series Six ~ Episode Review

A festive treat came in the form of the final episode of this series of Trollied, and it was an utter joy from start to finish. If I wasn’t feeling Christmassy already, I am now.

From the birth of a baby presided over by Dr Brian (Stephen Tompkinson) and viewed with disgust by Lisa (Beverley Rudd) and Colin (Carl Rice) while they each drink a can of lager and request a photograph of the ‘business end’. To the mutual wool pulling that Cheryl (Sarah Parish) and Gavin (Jason Watkins) are plotting against each other in a bid to surprise the other with a romantic proposal. To the fact that the store has run out of Baileys!!! How very dare they?

Is it the end for Neville (Dominic Coleman) and his relationship with Linda (Faye McKeever)?

The birth comes at a fortuitous moment for Dr Brian as he has been attempting to out-do his ‘rival’, the new Pharmacist. The safe delivery of the customer’s baby is what he sees as a triumph and he declares that he wants to leave his radio job behind him and return to Margaret’s (Rita May) side. Margaret is only too happy to ‘re-create’ the vacancy for Pharmacist as she cunningly mixes up the prescriptions of two customers which results in the new Pharmacist getting the boot. Naughty Margaret! At least we get the dream team back together again, though. Witnessing the birth of the unexpected arrival deters Colin and Lisa from making a baby of their own, for a start off, Lisa hadn’t realised it hurt when you gave birth…!

There’s also the continuation of the will they/won’t they plot between Katie (Chanel Cresswell) and Daniel (Samuel Anderson), I am happy to confirm that they do! Although I think it fair to say that we’ve all seen this coming from the beginning. The twists that have popped up along the way, not least the arrival of Holly (Georgia May Foote) in unwitting Daniel’s life, have all made it a fun and bumpy journey. However, as regular viewers will know, Valco founded relationships do not tend to go well for Katie, so should a series seven be on the horizon – I feel sure we won’t be treated to a happy ever after for this pair. Certainly not in the way that Mr Strong and Ms Fairweather’s romance has bloomed, anyway.

I loved that both Gavin and Cheryl wore the same outfit as one another to propose in, it also fitted brilliantly to have Cheryl propose to Gavin. She does wear the trousers, regardless of Gavin protestations and attempts to prove to the contrary. So, Sarah Parish might get her big while Valco wedding, yet! To have Neville (Dominic Coleman) spontaneously propose to Linda (Faye McKeever) only to be rejected as quickly as the proposal comes out of his mouth was quite hilarious. However, does this spell the end for them? Then there’s one more announcement to contend with, Lisa’s pregnant! She has been misreading the pregnancy tests and according to Sue’s (Lorraine Cheshire) calculations, is in fact four months pregnant. With so much to look forward to from the team at the supermarket we’ve all taken to our hearts, surely Sky One can provide us with more next year? Please!

 

Trollied Episode Six, Series Six ~ Episode Review

Gavin’s (Jason Watkins) healthy eating campaign has fallen decidedly flat and is affecting Valco’s sales figures, in the first of this week’s instalments. Cheryl (Sarah Parish)  doesn’t know how to tell him and Duncan (Rufus Hound) is still lurking around and being generally obnoxious, ready to pray on the fact that Gavin’s scheme has failed.

Colin (Carl Rice) is actually tired of sex, since he and Lisa (Beverley Rudd) started to try for a baby she has been wearing out the lazy butcher and he chooses Gavin to confide in, while Gavin is eating his breakfast… I’ll leave the rest to your imagination. The other hilarious storyline featured this episode involves Neville (Dominic Coleman) and Linda (Faye McKeever), Neville is teaching Linda to drive, with disastrous consequences. Sue (Lorraine Cheshire) actually starts to side with Neville having been in his shoes before and put her life into Linda’s hands as she took the wheel. It shows an interesting dynamic to the relationship of Linda and Sue, it’s so unusual for Sue to be on Neville’s side, however when Sue’s car is pranged during another of Linda’s lessons – Neville gets the blame. Normal services resumes. We also got two fantastic one-liners from Sue, “bell end” and “knob end”, two simple phrases that absolutely creased me up, demonstrating how Cheshire’s comic timing brilliantly.

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“and there’s your sausages” Valcos best Butchers, Colin (Carl Rice) and Neville (Dominic Coleman)

Meanwhile, Duncan is starting to spread vicious rumours that the store is set to close and jobs will be lost due to Gavin’s healthy eating debacle. We see Margaret (Rita May) worrying about cancelling a holiday that she has not insurance for and isn’t actually going on(!) and Colin showing more concern for the fact that Duncan has claimed that Gavin sits down to go for a wee! Plus what would become of Neville? He can’t go back to the RSPCA if he’s out of a job (it’s the YMCA but Margaret has a different take on it, as usual!).

As Cheryl considers signing on the dotted line to allow a new energy drink from Duncan’s company to be sold in store, the future looks bleak for Ms Fairweather and her Gaveroo…

All of the cast, including some of the newer additions all play their roles so brilliantly and naturally that I find myself forgetting about the actors behind them. Surely that is the mark of an all-round epic comedy series.

 

Trollied Episode Two, Series Six ~ Episode Review

The second episode of the new series of Trollied got off to as flying a start as the first one, there is such a feeling of unity among this cast and they’re all on it when it comes to their roles. Almost as though playing these hilarious characters is second nature to them.

In this instalment, Cheryl (Sarah Parish) and Gavin (Jason Watkins) are still incredibly lovey dovey and very silly, what a great pairing they are – Watkins and Parish are a fantastic double act. They were also quite a force when it came to the Managers’ meeting and Cheryl, as Area Manager, was seemingly against Gavin’s health food ideas. It was a plan they’d cooked up between them and it worked, these are characters that I want to see triumph, so I was rather pleased that the garden path Cheryl had led her Managers up was all a ploy. Valco’s couple are a great strength of the show and long may all of them continue.

Speaking of love, Linda (Faye McKeever) pushes her boyfriend, Neville (Dominic Coleman) forward to take over as Store Manager during the absence of Gavin and Katie (Chanel Cresswell). Katie is horrified at this suggestion, but goes along with it, reluctantly! The new recruit is also handed over to Neville’s care, which also has hilarious consequences. The observational quality of the script is superb, especially when both Sue (Lorraine Cheshire) and Linda both decline Katie’s offer of the Valco reigns, how many work colleagues do we all know who would react the same way they did?

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Another day at Valco for Lisa!

Unsurprisingly, Neville’s temporary stint as Store Manager results in an automatic door crisis which sees Neville stuck, Ian (Victor Maguire) denying all knowledge and the new recruit offering to go to Morrisons! Not to mention that Lisa’s (Beverley Rudd) playing Neville’s ‘promotion’ to her own advantage and taking great delight in moving from till to till as well as winding up a school teacher in the process. Lisa is one of my favourite characters, she’s bawdy and doesn’t care, but she represents quite a number of people I’ve encountered in the past!

 Meanwhile, back onto the theme of love, there’s a love triangle developing between Daniel (Samuel Anderson), Katie and Holly (Georgia May Foote). I thought that Holly was a great addition to the cast, ditzy, giggly and you kinda wondered how on earth she was in the job of Store Manager. She’s unwittingly stirred things up with Katie in regards to Daniel, so I’m expecting a green eyed monster situation.

Overall, another laugh-a-minute episode that in my opinion, BAFTA need to have on their radar!

Photo Credits: Sky TV

Trollied Episode One, Series Six ~ Episode Review

Trollied is back with series six and it’s better than ever. Any comedy that starts with Sarah Parish and Jason Watkins being utterly childish gets off to a good start, in my book. Gavin (Jason Watkins) is still Store Manager of Valco and Cheryl (Sarah Parish) works for the ‘enemy’, Lauder. Their relationship looks like it’s rather cosy and they’re sorry that Cheryl’s job means that they don’t see much of one another. I love this pairing, Watkins and Parish work brilliantly together in W1A, and the chemistry continues in Trollied.

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Sarah Parish and Jason Watkins

Meanwhile, Colin (Carl Rice) and Lisa (Beverley Rudd) are still loved up and still a couple of wrong ‘uns! Colin is feeding ham to his long term girlfriend when Neville (Dominic Coleman) arrives, unwittingly walking into another of Colin’s traps having already been told where to go by his girlfriend, Linda (Faye McKeever) and Sue (Lorraine Cheshire). Poor Neville always ends up coming a cropper, yet he still has Linda’s heart, what’s that all about? It works though, doesn’t it!

Katie (Chanel Cresswell) is still high powered, or as high powered as you can be at Valco and enduring a continuation of the will they/won’t they situation with Daniel (Samuel Anderson). Ian (Victor McGuire) is still on Security duties, but not particularly alert, as usual. Then there’s the funniest duo ever, in my opinion, Brian (Stephen Tompkinson) and Margaret (Rita May) – Margaret’s been having a go at a wad of what she thinks are, free scratch cards because they looked like a bit of fun! Brian’s method of helping her out of the sticky situation she finds herself in is both hilarious and sweet in equal measure.

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Samuel Anderson

The biggest news of this episode is that Cheryl has been offered the Area Manager job for Valco, and it doesn’t take Gavin long to consider to agreeing that she should take it. Although how a woman who does a U-turn on the motorway is material for Area Manager is anyone’s guess! I predict more fun, frolics and perhaps those Valco wedding bells that Sarah Parish revealed to me that she wanted?

Also, Rufus Hound! Absolute comedy gold as the new Sales Rep who gets right up Sue’s (Lorraine Cheshire) nose “Gavin, there’s a moron here to see you”. Valco is back, it’s as good as ever, if not better and I can’t wait for the next instalment. It serves me right!

Photo credits: Sky TV

Spotlight On… Trollied Star Dominic Coleman

Trollied is back with a brand new series on Sky One at 9.00 pm on Monday 7 November and with Sky’s kind permission, I have had the great pleasure of interviewing a number of the cast members. So, without further ado, here’s Mr Disaster Area himself, Linda’s boyfriend Neville… Dominic Coleman….

Thanks for chatting to Break A Leg, Dominic, what can we expect from Neville in series six of Trollied?

He’s very much the same and carries on in much the same vane, really. He has a crack at being a Manager which has a predictable result. Linda’s (Faye McKeever) still very much in love with him, so that relationship’s still all fine.

When it was first suggested that Linda and Neville got together, what did you think?

I was quite surprised by it actually, because Faye’s a very attractive young lady and I’m a not very attractive middle aged bloke, so I did wonder how it was going to work. It’s quite nice though, actually, it shows a nice side to Neville and shows a funny side to Linda, too.

You’ve been playing Neville for a while, now what’s it like being part of the show?

I joined in the second series, so they were already an established cast, all really friendly and the show is really good fun. It’s a real laugh and an easy job to do because everybody gets on really well. It would be awful if you didn’t get on because we’re all stuck in the same location. It’s an odd set up, not like a lot of other jobs because you never go anywhere and it’s all shot in one place. It’s such good fun to be part of that it’s become a real highlight for me, I look forward to finding out what’s happened to my character and what the storyline will be. It’s such a nice place to be, even after a twelve month break, within a couple of days it’s like you’ve never been away.

Going back to when you first read the script, what was your initial reaction when you read it?

I was surprised at how much detail there was to it, I thought “this is a big show” and I was so excited to be working with Jane Horrocks, Mark Addy and Jason Watkins. When you go for a read-through you look forward to seeing who they’ve got in for the series, last series we had Sarah Parish, the series before we had Stephen Tompkinson join the cast. Rufus Hound has joined us for this series and he’s great, a real firecracker to have around and great to work with. Rufus’s character shakes things up in a really good way. The show is blessed to have such great actors and it’s testament to the show that they want to come in and join the cast.

Finally, what would you say to encourage viewers to watch series six?

All the characters that people love are back for series six, there’ll  be a will they/won’t they cliff hanger and there are some great new characters too!

Thanks so much to Dominic for talking to Break A Leg, it was a real pleasure to chat to him.

Photo Credit: Sky TV


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