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Lunch Monkeys. Image shows from L to R: Kenny Graham (Christian Foster), Tania MacGuire (Jessica Hall), Asif Khan (Abdullah Afzal), Shelley Benson (Rachel Rae), Darrel Wadsworth (Chris Hannon). Copyright: BBC
Lunch Monkeys

Lunch Monkeys

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Three
  • 2008 - 2011
  • 13 episodes (2 series)

Sitcom about the misadventures of an admin team at a 'no win no fee' law firm in Manchester. Stars Abdullah Afzal, Chris Hannon, Christian Foster, Jessica Hall, Rachel Rae and more.


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Series 1, Episode 4 - Fire

A fire-safety officer is due to visit personal injury firm Fox Cranford so office manager Gloria needs to appoint a fire warden.

Further details

Office manager Gloria needs to appoint a fire warden as a a fire-safety officer is due to visit the office. She chooses the ever-enthusiastic Darrel, who turns up to the briefing in high-visibility gear, complete with an axe in his tool belt.

Tania, meanwhile, has resolved to keep the baby and she's due to have a special lunch with Charlie. However, while delivering the post to scheming solicitor Lee Ann, Tania helps her deal with an irritating client on the phone - which she handles well. Lee Ann spots an opportunity to ease her workload and give Tania some "work experience", completely scuppering her romantic date.

Elsewhere, Shelley bumps into boyfriend Swanny outside court and invites him into the office to take advantage of the free hot drink vending machine. When Kenny spots them in the office he tells Shelley that she might get in trouble for inviting ex-convict boyfriends in to the workplace. They try to hide him, but he runs amok through the office - leading Kenny and Shelley on a wild goose chase.

With all the admin team off on their own personal missions, and Darrel annoying Mike with his fire-safety quest, Asif is left alone with all the work to do and a box of drawing pins that keeps getting knocked on to the floor. Working at an injury law firm has never been so hazardous.

Broadcast details

Thursday 1st October 2009
BBC Three
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Abdullah Afzal Asif Khan
Chris Hannon Darrel Wadsworth
Christian Foster Kenny Graham
Jessica Hall Tania MacGuire
Rachel Rae Shelley Benson
Sian Reeves Gloria Stevens
Nigel Havers Mike Cranford
Steve John Shepherd Charlie Brierson
Guest cast
Camilla Beeput Lee Ann Brown
Michael Taylor Swanny
John Bishop Terry
Kevin Davids Mr Webster
Writing team
David Isaac Writer
Phil Mealey Script Development
Production team
Matt Lipsey Director
Matt Tiller Producer
Alan Marke Executive Producer
Jim Reid Executive Producer
Rebecca Papworth Executive Producer
Rebecca Christensen Line Producer
Charlie Phillips Editor
Jim Holloway Production Designer
Janet Hampson Casting Director
Michael Birtley Make-up Designer
Augustin Bousfield Composer
Lynne Gibson Costume Designer
Ferdiade Buitlear (as Ferdia de Buitléar) Director of Photography
Sam Ferguson 1st Assistant Director

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