Borderline. Image shows from L to R: Clive Hassler (David Elms), Grant Brodie (Jamie Michie), Linda Proctor (Jackie Clune), Andy Church (Liz Kingsman), Tariq Mansoor (David Avery). Copyright: Little Rock.


Channel 5 sitcom set in an airport. 12 episodes (2 series), 2016 - 2017. Stars Jackie Clune, David Avery, Liz Kingsman, David Elms and others.

Press Clippings

Borderline and the art of flailing in the void

The cast of Borderline all seem to be overflowing with talent. I'm surprised the genuine in-the-moment brilliance of these actors hasn't received more attention.

Pat Quin, The Secret Story, 25th December 2017

The mockumentary set in "Northend Airport" returns. Once again, we find border control officer Proctor (Jackie Clune) and co muddling through in a generally incompetent manner. Things brighten up in the first of this double bill when Kris Marshall makes an appearance as a minor royal who likes "duty free - although of course I never pay tax on anything", but otherwise the laughs are thinly distributed.

Jonathan Wright, The Guardian, 26th October 2017

Channel 5 orders Borderline Series 2

Channel 5 has ordered a second series of Borderline, its semi-improvised sitcom set in the security office of an airport.

British Comedy Guide, 25th August 2016

The Met meet Northend Airport's border-force team as this border-control spoof continues. It's a crime-cracking coupling as likely as Sherlock and Eamonn Holmes, yet Proctor's posse are tasked with processing a criminal who is arriving by plane. Was their dedication to duty the reason for their selection? Or is it merely that Northend is dreary enough to deter press attention? Either way, with all other activity on hold, idling about doing nothing is the day's main task. So, business as usual.

Mark Gibbings-Jones, The Guardian, 16th August 2016

The comedy mockumentary series about security staff at Northend airport continues. Tonight, Chief Inspector Linda is distracted by her husband's recent career change, a Ukrainian lingerie entrepreneur is pulled in on a "random" check, while Andy's attempt to bond with a lively hen party reveals her fun side, sort of. A bit more signposting of forthcoming jokes than you might expect, perhaps, but the decent performances generally win out.

John Robinson, The Guardian, 9th August 2016

In its almost twenty years on air, Channel Five have produced very few sitcoms with the only ones I can remember being co-productions with other networks. Written and created by Chris Gau and Michael Orton-Toliver, Borderline is a mockumentary set around the border control of a fictional Northend Airport. Of all of the comedy formats I feel that the mockumentary must be one of the easiest to produce as the characters can spout of expositional dialogue without it feeling out of place. Borderline also does feel like the sort of show that you would see on Channel Five ordinarily with it smacking of the likes of Holiday Airport UK and UK Border Force. The characters that Gau and Orton-Toliver have created are also believable enough and resemble those sort of people you'd see on a low-rent documentary. So for example you have the pencil-pushing boss Proctor (Jackie Clune) who in the opening episode is keen on enforcing the latest mandate from the Home Office. There's also Clive (David Elms) who is perfectly suited to the job and Grant Brodie (Jamie Michie) who is known for detaining a lot of passengers purely based on their ethnicity. Just like any workplace comedy, Borderline has a couple of characters who don't want to be there with Tariq (David Avery) having aspirations to be a DJ and Andy (Liz Kingsman) wanting to be anywhere other than the airport. While I thought that the characterisation of the central five figures was strong, Borderline lacked anything in the way of amusing material that felt original. Anything that was done during Borderline had been done better elsewhere in the likes of The Office, W1A and the incredibly underrated People Like Us. In fact Borderline feels rather old-fashioned when you consider the fly-on-the-wall documentaries that the show spoofs aren't as prominent as they were at the turn of the century. Of the cast I enjoyed the performances given by Clune and Elms both of whom inhabited their characters well and tried their best with the weak material. Whilst I do applaud Channel Five for having a go at producing a sitcom I didn't find anything particularly memorable about Borderline. The most damning thing I can say about the show is that I didn't laugh once and that's not good for the first episode of a sitcom which is meant to make you want to stick around for the rest of the series.

Matt, The Custard TV, 8th August 2016

Channel 5 show Borderline filmed at Coventry Airport

Borderline was filmed at Coventry Airport and features city-teacher-turned-comedian Guz Khan.

Coventry Telegraph, 2nd August 2016

C5's original comedy Borderline has great promise

For the first time in nine years, Channel 5 has created its own comedy series, Borderline. Set in the fictional Northend airport, the mockumentary follows a group of inept border guards trying to enforce Home Office policy. It is truly a comedy for post-Brexit Britain, and it has promise.

Daisy Wyatt, i Newspaper, 2nd August 2016

Borderline is proof that the mockumentary is alive

Real life, properly portrayed, almost always contains moments of inadvertent hilarity. That was the whole grounding of the spoof-documentary style made famous by The Office. Borderline, a new comedy set in the border control department of a fictional Northend Airport, showed that mockumentary remains very funny when done well.

Benji Wilson, The Telegraph, 2nd August 2016

TV review: Borderline, 5

There is very little that is original about Borderline, written by Chris Gau and Mike Orton-Toliver and partly improvised by the cast, but the good news is that there are some nice performances and decent slow-burn gags.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 2nd August 2016