PhoneShop 3 – Underway

Series 3 of PhoneShop is underway. And the reviews have been brilliant. Endless ‘Tonight’s best show’ in the press and listings sites. These two reviews are well worth spending time with…..

Sam Woolaston shows the series a huge amount of love in his column.

And Andrew Collins pays a similar tribute in his Telly Addict video review.

And if that wasn’t enough – Phil has done a great interview for Digital Spy. Why writing sit-coms is harder than it looks. And why – if you have an avatar featuring a dog wearing glasses – you should change it immediately.

Tomorrow night’s episode features Christopher growing a moustache for charity….Very funny indeed.

Lloydy Does Edinburgh

If you are visiting the Festival then try and get to see John at Udderbelly. After appearing on stage at last year’s charity tribute to Douglas Adams, Lloydy got a taste for the boards. And his one man show premieres in Edinburgh (there’s a London date in October if you are interested).

Of the show he says this:

“I wouldn’t call it stand-up. It’s just a bloke talking and telling stories and jokes and things.”

“I’m not attempting to compete with friends like Bill Bailey or Sean Lock or any of those big hitters. This is a tea time show and it’s relaxed and pleasant.”

Called The Liff of Qi, the show will explore life – and what makes things funny. If you’d like more information then go here where you can also buy tickets.

Or go here – an interview John did about the show with a BBC reporter who didn’t quite get it…

PhoneShop3 Has Landed

It’s back! The show described by The Observer as ‘one of the funniest, most over-looked comedies ever broadcast on British television’ returns to the screen this evening.

This from the E4 website:

The award-winning comedy returns for a third series. Under more pressure than ever to sell (and mis-sell), the staff of PhoneShop, Sutton, need to be completely focused and at the top of their game. Unfortunately, the combined distractions of bald patches, moustaches and baked goods mean that, once again, the staff are hopelessly out of their depth.

In this brilliant GQ article that celebrated the 30th anniversary of Cheers, one of the writers of the show commented on the cast: “In Season One – they work for you. In Season Two – you work together. In Season Three – you work for them”.

Tune in tonight and see whether Phil Bowker – PhoneShop’s creator, writer, producer AND director – has managed to keep them on a tight leash. What?! Say somethin’!

UPDATE: The first show was a huge success. Read how much Sam Wollaston at The Guardian enjoyed the episode.

Bowker BAFTA Boost?

Did you catch the start of PhoneShop2 on C4 last Friday? If you did then you’ll know. But if you didn’t – well The Observer reckons you’ve missed out on a treat.

Britain’s ‘funniest, most over-looked comedies’? We’d say so. ‘Writer Phil Bowker deserves a BAFTA’? Well we’d definitely agree with that. Wonder if they spotted Phil produced and directed the show as well? Three BAFTA’s then?

PhoneShop3 in August. Don’t forget.