Trevor's World Of Sport. Image shows from L to R: Sammy Dobbs (Paul Reynolds), Trevor Heslop (Neil Pearson). Image credit: Hat Trick Productions.

Trevor's World Of Sport

Sitcom set in the slightly-murky but mostly-pathetic world of sport PR, at personal management and public relations agency TS Sport Stars

Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
2003  (BBC One)
Episodes:
7 (1 series)
Starring:
Neil Pearson, Paul Reynolds, Abdul Salis, Cosima Shaw, Michael Fenton Stevens, Rosalind Ayres, Claire Skinner, Steven Alvey, Trevor Cooper, Matthew Thomas, Andy Hamilton
Writers:
Andy Hamilton
Production:
Hat Trick Productions

Welcome to TS Sport Stars, a public relations and personal management agency run by the conscientious Trevor Heslop and the lascivious Sammy Dobbs, promoting the careers of an assortment of self-obsessed, overpaid, morally-challenged sporting heroes.

Trevor (Neil Pearson), sports agent to the stars, is married to his job. But it's not a happy marriage. One of his clients is going mad and the rest are driving him mad. He's a decent man trying to do the right thing in a world full of cut-throats. And the biggest cut-throat is his unscrupulous business partner, Sammy, played by Paul Reynolds.

Staffing the company is a small team of put-upon grafters: there's Barry (Abdul Salis), the office junior who would like to be less junior; there's also Heidrun (Cosima Shaw), the beautiful, highly intellectual, German lesbian receptionist, who takes calls with one hand and fights off unwelcome advances from Sammy with the other; and there's God-fearing Theresa (Rosalind Ayres), who frequently stops conversations with pearls of inappropriate Christian wisdom.

Then there's Ralph. In fact, every day there's Ralph (Michael Fenton Stevens), the attention-seeking client who brings chaos to Trevor's world.

Trevor's personal life is no less manic. His estranged wife, Meryl (Claire Skinner), is getting a little too friendly with a poet, and their son, Toby (Matthew Thomas), often ends up being torn between them.

Can Trevor save his marriage? Can he keep his integrity in the jungle of sporting commercialism? Or is it time for him to start again on both fronts?

Our Review: Don't let the title put you off - despite being far from sports fans, we at the BCG really enjoyed Trevor's World Of Sport.

It's far more than the name suggests: an often biting comment on the world of celebrity, with all of its inflated egos; an exposé of the brutal, cut-throat nature of modern offices and professional work life; an examination of families hit by marital separation and the modern working single-father. And, above all, funny.

We're still a little confused as to why BBC One treated the show so badly. It was paired with a sitcom its stylistic polar opposite in a Friday night slot, and despite great critical acclaim failed to attract high enough ratings. Schedulers then moved the series to Monday nights where viewing figures improved, but bosses decided not to recommission before the series had even finished.

Although none were published, the Radio Times - the BBC's self-published TV listings magazine - was inundated with letters protesting the show's treatment and cancellation. Indeed, the annual report from the BBC Board of Governors condemned the "shortsighted" axing and schedule-shunting the series had been subjected to by BBC One.

Ultimately, Radio 4 had the last laugh, commissioning a further three series of the show. It ran until 2007.