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.

Press clippings

15 Storeys High: an ordinary and extraordinary comedy

Out of the ordinary world of a British tower block comes a true comedy gem.

Harry Alexander, Cultured Vultures, 9th September 2021

15 Storeys High review

Why did it take Sean Lock's death for 15 Storeys High to make it to iPlayer? The comedy stands up remarkably well almost two decades on, while in its time it was hugely influential in the transition from big studio sitcoms to more naturalistic styles.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 31st August 2021

15 Storeys High, the sitcom gem tossed away by the BBC

The late comic's minor-key masterpiece was his 'obsession', says his co-writer. Yet it was shunted off-screen by a Bill Oddie badger watch.

Tom Fordy, The Telegraph, 19th August 2021

7 British comedies you've never seen but really should

Here are 7 shows from this odd little country that prove that we're more than a nation of pie-eating, French-hating pig farmers with pictures of the Queen in our toilets. Or loos, as we call them.

Harry Alexander, Comedy To Watch, 4th August 2021

15 Storeys High - box set review

A fuming misanthrope and an eternal optimist stuck together in a tower-block flat: this is high-rise sitcom at its best.

Mark Jones, The Guardian, 4th October 2013

Cult corner

It's filmed in a blanched-out sequence of static, grainy shots that trap you into thinking you're about to get some grim kitchen-sink piece of social commentary. In fact, what you get is a joyously escalating series of warm and hilarious plots prompted by the inconsequential.

Armando Iannucci, The Times, 15th May 2004

'15' goes into 2

His downbeat sitcom has already aired on BBC Choice, but will receive a wider audience when it goes out on BBC2 from April.

Chortle, 3rd February 2003

Sean unLocks TV deal

The BBC say Lock's abstract humour is matched with deadpan, visual comedy for the new BBC Choice series.

Chortle, 19th October 2002

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