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

BBC Three sitcom about lowly office workers. 13 episodes (pilot + 2 series), 2008 - 2011. Stars Abdullah Afzal, Chris Hannon, Christian Foster, Jessica Hall and others.

Series 2, Episode 3 - Smoke And Mirrors

It's flower girl day. This is Asif's favourite day of the month, as his love interest will be coming in to tend to the office plants.

Further details

Lunch Monkeys. Image shows from L to R: Kenny Graham (Christian Foster), Darrel Wadsworth (Chris Hannon), Tania MacGuire (Jessica Hall). Copyright: Channel K / BBC.

Asif has not been able to bring himself to speak to the flower girl as yet; instead he lurks in hallways and behind doors hoping she'll notice him.

Mike gives Asif a pep talk and tries to convince him to tell her how he feels. Asif decides to write a poem declaring his love. He sets to work, but it's not long before he gets stuck trying to find a word that rhymes with werewolf.

Gloria is on the prowl for gossip. Getting wind of Kenny and Tania's relationship, she pounces on Tania, who remains tight-lipped. In lieu of the truth, Gloria makes up her own version of their love life and it's not long before the rumours are flying around the office.

Kenny is mortified when Charlie begins to give him sex advice and he realises the extent of the rumours.

Meanwhile, Shelley has a hangover. She can't remember much of what happened last night or even how she got into work. She'll be fine if only she could find a quiet place to lie down, where no one will bother her...

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 17th February 2011
Time
10:30pm
Channel
BBC Three
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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
Zoe Iqbal Flower Girl
Greg Cook Policeman
Daniel Lawrence Taylor (as Daniel Taylor) Paul
Thomas McGarva Joe
Writing team
David Isaac Writer
Paul Kerensa Script Editor
Rebecca Papworth Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Matt Holt Director
Matt Tiller Producer
Alan Marke Executive Producer
Jim Reid Executive Producer
Jon Rolph Executive Producer
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