The Job Lot Series 1 Episode 1 (ITV) Review

The second half of ITV’s new Monday night sitcom fest comes to us in the form of The Job Lot, a far more contemporary affair than Vicious. Workplace comedies might be everywhere right now but, whenever a new one emerges, only one series comes to mind. Strangely, this show both liberally borrows from and completely ignores The Office, and neither tactic is going to win it any awards for originality. Instead of a self-contained office, the workplace here is open to the public. It’s not just any of the public, either, it’s that feared and derided category of British citizens – the unemployed. Job centres are one of the most depressing places on earth, and perfect for mining comedy. The Job Lot knows this and is eager to start reiterating how pathetic people in places they don’t want to be in can be absolutely hilarious. In truth, we’re given equal opportunity to feel sorry for, identify with and laugh at the workers and their charges. READ MORE...


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