Loaded. Image shows from L to R: Ewan (Jonny Sweet), Josh (Jim Howick), Leon (Samuel Anderson), Watto (Nick Helm)
Loaded

Loaded

  • TV comedy drama
  • Channel 4
  • 2017
  • 8 episodes (1 series)

Comedy drama about four friends who become multi-millionaires when they sell their video game company. Stars Samuel Anderson, Jim Howick, Nick Helm, Jonny Sweet, Mary McCormack and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1 - Lawsuit

Loaded. Image shows from L to R: Leon (Samuel Anderson), Watto (Nick Helm), Ewan (Jonny Sweet)
Following the sale of their company Idyl Hands and its hit iPhone game Cat Factory, four friends and business partners - Josh, Leon, Watto and Ewan - wake up to the brilliant/terrifying realisation that they're now multi-millionaires.

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Further details

Following the sale of their company Idyl Hands and its hit iPhone game Cat Factory, four friends and business partners - Josh, Leon, Watto and Ewan - wake up to the brilliant/terrifying realisation that they're now multi-millionaires.

Josh treats his parents to an extravagant around-the-world trip in a backhanded effort to expose them to a bit of culture. But the company is almost immediately hit by a lawsuit; one of Watto's old associates claims to have invented a key element of the game. The gang instantly face losing everything they've worked so hard for.

When the lawsuit is leaked online, their new US boss Casey soon reveals herself to be more ruthless than expected when she orders Leon to fire Watto.

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 8th May 2017
Time
10pm
Channel
Channel 4
Length
55 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 13th May 2017 2:00am C4
Saturday 13th May 2017 3:20am 4seven

Cast & crew

Cast
Samuel Anderson Leon
Jim Howick Josh
Nick Helm Watto
Jonny Sweet Ewan
Mary McCormack Casey
Lolly Adefope Naomi
Aimee-Ffion Edwards Abi
Guest cast
Morwenna Banks Linda (Josh's mum)
Simon Day Jeff (Josh's dad)
Scarlett Alice Johnson Paula (Office Worker)
Tony Way Ross Muttock
David Westhead Lawyer
Nadine Marshall Opposing Lawyer
Reece Pockney Banker's Son
The Buzztones Barbershop Quartet
Writing team
Jon Brown Writer
Andrew Ellard Script Editor
Production team
Ian FitzGibbon Director
Charlie Leech Producer
Kate Norrish Executive Producer
Polly Leys Executive Producer
Avi Nir Executive Producer
Muli Segev Executive Producer
Assaf Harel Executive Producer
Howard Burch Executive Producer
Jon Brown Executive Producer
Fergus Haycock Executive Producer
Anthony Boys (as Ant Boys) Editor
Julian Fullalove Production Designer
Jane Ripley Casting Director
Molly Emma Rowe Costume Designer
Jo Jenkins Make-up Designer
Jack C Arnold (as Jack Arnold) Composer
Matt Clark Graphics
Rob Kitzmann Director of Photography
Jon Jennings (as Jonathan Jennings) 1st Assistant Director

Video

Big Bonus

Ewan finds it very difficult to stop giving his money away...

Featuring: Jonny Sweet (Ewan) & Scarlett Alice Johnson (Paula).

Press

Loaded was a hoot. The premise of four flatsharing computer whizzes is hardly new, but we are spared comparisons with Silicon Valley or the (increasing) schmaltz of The Big Bang Theory by its being very rude, very British, and relying less on lovable underdogs than the ribald arrogance that comes with essentially unearned computer-app millions. It's written and produced by Fresh Meat's Jon Brown, Jim Howick excels as the (only) grounded worrier Josh, and, crucially, it's both near-credible and high good fun.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 14th May 2017

A question: what would you do if you had a windfall of £14million? If you're young, and in a new show called Loaded (Channel 4, Monday), you would buy a riverboat full of sandals. Not even the Messiah would have a use for all of those. But if you have £14million in your pocket you'd probably walk on water, too.

A great cast, including Jim Howick, show how miserable you can be with a huge fortune. How reassuring. Funny, a tad surreal, and with lots of internet terms that will both boggle you and make you laugh. A hit.

David Stephenson, The Daily Express, 14th May 2017

Loaded is a bit like Fresh Meat, but not as funny

Loaded is promising and it could yet warm up to be another Fresh Meat. I'm not sure, though, that the characters are as lovable, or as well-observed. At least half of us can hark back to our student days. Who can say they were a tech millionaire by 35?

Daisy Wyatt, i Newspaper, 9th May 2017

Loaded review

Undercutting the japes (and this is one of those sitcoms that does, actually, make you laugh) is the sober point that three hundred million quid for a game called Cat Factory is an absurdity, and the whole world knows it, including the lads.

Matt Baylis, The Daily Express, 9th May 2017

There is a welcome whiff of Mike Judge's profane tech spoof Silicon Valley to Channel 4's latest sitcom, a sharply written and appealingly performed examination of the fraying friendship between four beta males who become absurdly rich when their hit smartphone game is acquired by a ruthless US firm. The lads have barely bought their first Ferrari when a Social Network-style lawsuit threatens to bring the Cat Factory empire to its furry knees.

Graeme Virtue, The Guardian, 8th May 2017

Jim Howick on why Loaded isn't the new Entourage

When I first spot Jim Howick, he's hanging around the entrance of London's Soho Hotel bar, eyes scanning the crowd for me.

Chole Hamilton, i Newspaper, 8th May 2017

Preview - Loaded

There are not that many adaptations of Israeli comedy shows in Britain. The only one I can think is the BBC Two panel show The Bubble, which had one series back in 2010, so not a great record.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 8th May 2017

Loaded review

When sitcom characters suddenly become wealthy, it's rarely good news for the viewer. Think Roseanne or Only Fools And Horses. But Channel 4's Loaded could well break that jinx, depicting four newly-minted tech millionaires who quickly realise that riches are the start of their problems, not the end.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 8th May 2017

Loaded: episode one review

It needs the confidence to calm down.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 8th May 2017

TV preview: Loaded, C4

Do people still make gazillions overnight out of internet start-ups? They certainly seem to if Loaded is anything to go by.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 3rd May 2017

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