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 Five, Series Six ~ Episode Review

It’s Cheryl (Sarah Parish) and Gavin’s (Jason Watkins) eleven month anniversary and Gavin has been putting his artistic skills to dubious use, by producing a painting of his beloved, but with monstrously big hands! Meanwhile, Duncan (Rufus Hound) is on the prowl, causing havoc and poking his red face in where it’s not wanted. When Duncan invites Cheryl out for a meal before Gavin manages to get around to asking her out for an anniversary lunch, he becomes even more nauseating. Although I’m confident that true love will win the day for Cheryl and Gavin, they’re a match made in Valco heaven. The scene of the episode has to go to the lovebirds, where following a lengthy alcohol-fuelled lunch with Duncan, Cheryl winds up drunkenly fumbling in the canteen with Gavin, before he declares that it’s too much! Parish and Watkins are an absolute dream team, I say it in almost every episode review, they truly have the right chemistry to make this on-screen relationship work.

Holly (Georgia May Foote) is also back and trouble-making, unhappy with Daniel’s (Samuel Anderson) decision to invite Katie (Chanel Cresswell) to accompany them to the pub, the young Store Manager sets about making sure that Katie doesn’t take him up on it. Psycho is not the word with this one, she is beyond tapped! Claiming that Katie is being mean to her and faking a violent outburst from her ‘love-rival’. Kudos to Georgia May Foote, as Holly is so different to her Coronation Street character, Katie – she’s really impressed me with her versatility.

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Stephen Tompkinson as Brian in Trollied

As if there wasn’t enough bonkers situations in this episode, we then have a dose of Dr Brian (Stephen Tompkinson) shock-jocking on the radio. He’s giving terrible advice during the phone-in and catalyses an outcry from angry listeners. However, he surprises everyone, including himself, when he is asked to make a return visit to the radio station! Maybe things are looking up for the psychotic Pharmacist?

Another epic episode, although I did miss Sue (Lorraine Cheshire) and Linda (Faye McKeever), even their short scenes have me in stitches and their absence was noticeable. Can’t wait for some festive times at Valco, though!

 

Trollied Episode Three, Series Six ~ Episode Review

It’s health eating initiative time, and Gavin (Jason Watkins) or should that be Gaveroo… has been putting his hexagon together to explain his theories to the staff and ultimately, the customers. Unfortunately for the hapless Store Manager, the staff have no comprehension of what he is blithering on about and his girlfriend (and boss) Cheryl (Sarah Parish) is trying her best to be supportive in spite of herself. The friction and competition between the two is the sticking point in their relationship, but the goofy edge that the two characters have and the obvious love between them always wins through. Much as the beauty of Trollied is that it’s set in the one location, I really feel the need to see Gavin and Cheryl at their jazz tap class and Gaveroo in his leg warmers. Anyone else with me? No…..?

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Gavin (Jason Watkins) and Cheryl (Sarah Parish) are at loggerheads

Meanwhile, Daniel (Samuel Anderson) receives an unexpected revelation from Lisa (Beverley Rudd) when she rocks up late and pukes in the fruit peel bin. The reason being a hangover? No! Morning sickness! Does Colin (Carl Rice) know? No! So Daniel fills him in and Neville (Dominic Coleman) offers advice, for which he is charged a fiver. Well, this is Colin after all, the man literally takes Neville’s lunch money and the mild mannered ‘butcher’ decides to have a crack at a veggie burger that they’ve been serving up to customers. Except they’re not veggie burgers because Colin didn’t replenish the stock and has reverted to meat. The chemistry between Colin and Neville is one of my favourite aspects of the show. They’re a completely dysfunctional double act and the two actors are doing an incredible job of making these characters real. When Neville shoulders the blame and tells Colin that he is not going back to the YMCA and that it doesn’t resemble the song, I thought that was a genius line and who better to deliver it than Coleman? Oh, and Lisa’s not really pregnant… although now, she might be…

Over at Customer Services, Sue (Lorraine Cheshire) and Linda (Faye McKeever) are busy. Well, busy playing a mind reading game, Sue is predicting every sentence that comes out of Linda’s mouth, correctly! A great aside as usual and yet another brilliant double act in Valco.

Margaret (Rita May) is in charge of health checks as part of Gavin’s healthy eating promotion, she’s in charge of BMX’s, no make that BMI’s. Brian (Stephen Tompkinson) had been waiting on a diseased heart from the morgue to be biked over, but given Gavin’s disapproval, he opts for a pig’s heart instead. Still not really what was required and certainly not a customer drawing exercise. Oh, Brian!

Trollied, you are nailing it! More, more, more, please!!

 

 

Spotlight On… Star of Sky One’s Trollied, Stephen Tompkinson

Trollied came 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, let’s see what Stephen Tompkinson who plays Brian in the show had to say about the new series…

Thanks for talking to Break A Leg, Stephen, what can we expect from Brian in the new series of Trollied?

Ah, Brian, the psychopathic Pharmacist that we all know and love! He’s as mad as ever, partly because he’s permanently tortured in his private life, his brother, his wife and his kids are all doctors and he’s the only one who’s a Pharmacist. In order to out-do those at home he comes out with outrageous medical theories which have no basis of medical back-up whatsoever. So that’s still going on and he’s still absolutely joined at the hip with Margaret (Rita May). They have become rather dependent on each other, they’re like a mother and son really, they have a deep love. This series, Margaret got addicted to scratch cards and it was Dr Brian who bailed her out! Meanwhile, Gavin’s on this healthy food drive so Brian is straight in there with the idea of doing a medical demonstration with something gruesome from a pathology lab so that he can show the customers how dangerous fatty foods can be. Later on in the series, Brian answers a phone-in on a radio station, he becomes a bit of a radio hit, something of a shock jock! So, suddenly he is being offered something more permanent on the radio and he’s outgrown Valco. However, he begins to miss Margaret and comes back to find that they have a replacement, so he toys with whether he’s made the right decision or not.

You have become a great comedy double act with Rita May who plays Margaret, what’s it like working with her?

I have worked with her before, I first got to work with her in a series called In Deep. It’s lovely to work with her again.

What do you think works well on the series?

I feel what makes Trollied such a success is the fact that there’s such a great team of writers. Even when you come in as a newcomer, the writers watch what an actor does with the character and write to their strengths. I always show an episode to my daughter and my partner, Elaine first and they think it’s the best series so far. We’ve worked with directors that we’ve worked with before and it feels like everyone is on top of their game.

Plus, they keep finding different areas of the supermarket to discover, Pharmacy was one that they’d never used before and it’s great that they found a new home for Margaret.

Did you watch the series before you joined?

I did and I knew Jason Watkins before I started working on the series as we were at drama school together and indeed on the football field together years ago! There was also a link with the Producer, he worked on Wild At Heart for years. I had also worked with Paul Harrison, the Director on Wild At Heart, before.

Would you be keen to do a seventh series if that was on the cards?

Oh yes, wild horses couldn’t drag me away. We have a great time filming and the set is wonderful, it’s the biggest set I’ve been on. We have no night shoots and we stay in one location. It’s the nearest things to a 9 to 5 job I’ve ever had.

Finally, what would you say to encourage viewers to carry on watching Trollied?

It’s going to get wilder and wackier, it’s a bit like Christmas, everything comes at once and you’ll feel bloated and happy at the end of it!

Thanks to Stephen for his time and a great interview, I agree that this series of Trollied is rather special.

Photo credit: 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

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