Cast Offs

Ground-breaking Channel 4 comedy drama about six disabled people. The characters are played by actors with the same disabilities

Genre:
Comedy Drama
Broadcast:
2009  (Channel 4)
Episodes:
6 (1 series)
Starring:
Tim Gebbels, Sophie Woolley, Victoria Wright, Mat Fraser, Kiruna Stamell, Peter Mitchell
Writers:
Jack Thorne, Alex Bulmer, Tony Roche
Production:
Eleven Film

Comedy drama about a fictional reality show in which six disabled people are marooned on a remote island.

Each of the episodes will focus on one of the six contestants: a blind man, a deaf woman, a paraplegic man, a woman with dwarfism, a thalidomide-affected man and a woman with cherubism.

This comedy drama is aiming to tell the story of contemporary disabled identity from the perspective of contemporary disabled people. The characters are played by actors with the same disability, and whose real-life experiences have been fed into the story.

The series also features cameos from Thomas Turgoose (This Is England), Mark Heap (Green Wing), Vicky McClure (This Is England) and William Gaunt (King Lear).

Our Review: A truly terrible programme. Slow, meandering, lacking in any clear plot and devoid of humour. Were it a half-hour-episodes series, we'd be tempted to go back, but at an hour a time, nothing in episode one was engaging enough to make us want to return.

Awful.