15 Storeys High. Vince Clark (Sean Lock). Copyright: BBC
15 Storeys High

15 Storeys High

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Three / BBC Choice
  • 2002 - 2004
  • 12 episodes (2 series)

Sitcom about a grim 15-storey tower block. Miserable lifeguard Vince Clark hates being touched. He and his Chinese lodger Errol live in Flat 76. Stars Sean Lock, Benedict Wong and Dan Mersh.

Character guide

15 Storeys High. Vince Clark (Sean Lock). Copyright: BBC

Vince Clark

Played by: Sean Lock

Vince is a miserable misanthropic, gormless man with no sense of embarrassment and no social graces. He has a fierce aversion to being touched and seems determined to lead a maudlin, forlorn existence. He also seems to have no capacity for original thought, recycling stories he has been told and claiming they happened to him. He often repeats these stories back to the people who originally told him, seemingly oblivious to the fact that they know he's lying. Vince works as a lifeguard at the local swimming baths.

The reality is that Vince is one of those people who has spent too much time living on his own and as a result is completely intolerant of anybody else. Imagine a cantankerous, slothful, mean-spirited old man packed into the body of a 37-year-old and you've pretty much got the idea.

Errol Spears

Played by: Benedict Wong

Errol is a a naïve man of Chinese extraction, hailing from a huge, mixed northern family from Salford. Living with Vince is no picnic, but Errol somehow makes a fist of it.

Errol's only crime however is that he's a nice, considerate, thoroughly decent bloke. Errol is a sweetheart. An innocent abroad. He's moved down to London to get a taste of the real world and to work his way through a list of things he wants to achieve in life. (Number 36: drink a cappuccino, number 37: work with fish). Errol is the sort of bloke who would do anything for you, the kind of person who, sadly, in a place like London is bound to be taken advantage of.


Played by: Dan Mersh

Darren is the other lifeguard at the Fun 'N' Splash leisure centre. In the first episode of the second series, Stacey, the aqua aerobics instructor, organises a surprise birthday party for him in a local Italian restaurant.

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