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.

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 3 - Blue Rat

A bargain energy drink from an Eastern European supermarket ("all the energy of a rat, trapped in a can!") causes Vince a few problems. Meanwhile, Errol realises one of his life ambitions of working with fish.

Preview clips

Further details

It's late at night and Vince, hyperactive and addicted to Blue Rat, is spying on people in the tower block opposite through his binoculars while Errol has to get up early in the morning for his new job at Billingsgate Fish Market.

Vince thinks he sees a man with a horse in his flat, but Errol doesn't believe him. Vince goes to check and meets Andy, a divorced man who's just trying to make his daughter's dreams come true, regardless of what the RSPCA think.


This episode's theme music is Madness's House Of Fun played backwards.

Phil Bowker was the man in the flat smoking, and (in the second of the two sketches) Peter Serafinowicz was the voice of the man whose hand he burnt putting the cigarette on it in the first sketch. Neither are credited.

In some places this episode is listed as Series 1, Episode 4.

Broadcast details

Thursday 21st November 2002
BBC Choice
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 20th September 2014 12:20am Gold
Saturday 20th September 2014 2:55am Gold
Sunday 1st March 2015 1:00am Gold
Sunday 1st March 2015 3:00am Gold
Sunday 12th July 2015 1:00am Gold
Sunday 12th July 2015 3:30am Gold
Saturday 12th March 2016 12:15am Gold
Saturday 12th March 2016 3:20am Gold
Sunday 19th June 2016 2:55am Gold
Monday 4th July 2016 1:00am Gold

Cast & crew

Sean Lock Vince Clark
Benedict Wong Errol Spears
Dan Mersh Darren
Guest cast
Perry Benson Andy (Man with a Pony in his Flat)
Alan Corser Old Man
Lewis Ghesson Plaster Kid
Simon Godley Herman (Man with Mail-order Bride)
Glyn Grimstead Steve (Billingsgate Fish Market)
David Holt Clive (RSPCA Man)
Adrian Hylton Don (Billingsgate Fish Market)
Martin Trenaman Len (Billingsgate Fish Market)
Peter Serafinowicz Actor
Tymarrah Actor
Phil Bowker Actor
Writing team
Sean Lock Writer
Martin Trenaman Writer
Mark Lamarr (as Mark Jones) Script Editor
Simon Godley Writer (Additional Material)
John Irwin Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Mark Nunneley Director
Phil Bowker Producer
Jo Sargent Executive Producer
Jon Plowman Executive Producer
Gayle Cope Line Producer
Flit Bristow Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Tracey Gillham Casting Director
Sarah Hughes Casting Director
Fiona Chilcott Costume Designer
John Ignatius Director of Photography
Andy Hollis Director of Photography
Lucy Cain Make-up Designer
Richard Lingard 1st Assistant Director
Stephen Lincoln 1st Assistant Director


The Horse

15 Storeys High is a sitcom set in a tower block. Vince Clark, played by Sean Lock, is a misanthropic recluse. In this clip he calls on a neighbour who he suspects has a horse in his flat and finds he is slightly mistaken.

View this clip on the BBC website

Featuring: Sean Lock (Vince Clark) & Perry Benson (Andy).

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