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Not Safe For Work. Katherine (Zawe Ashton). Copyright: Clerkenwell Films
Not Safe For Work

Not Safe For Work

  • TV comedy drama
  • Channel 4
  • 2015
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

Channel 4 comedy drama about a group of highly dysfunctional civil servants forced to relocate from London to Northampton. Stars Zawe Ashton, Sacha Dhawan, Jo Hartley, Tom Weston-Jones, Sophie Rundle and more.


Key details

Comedy Drama
Channel 4
6 (1 series)
Zawe Ashton, Sacha Dhawan, Jo Hartley, Tom Weston-Jones, Sophie Rundle, Samuel Barnett, Anastasia Hille and Sian Brooke
DC Moore
Kieron Hawkes and Robert McKillop
Jemma Rodgers, Murray Ferguson and Andy Baker

Not Safe For Work is a 'highly original and inventive' comedy drama which explores the shattered personal and professional lives of a group of highly dysfunctional civil servants, forced to relocate from London to Northampton following public sector cuts.

The series follows the mercurial Katherine, a civil servant reluctantly relocated from London to Northampton as part of public sector cuts. Recently divorced and troubled by secrets in her past, her relocation may just be the last straw for her.

Things are made even more difficult for Katherine when she realises she'll be working with Anthony. Cited in Katherine's divorce papers, their relationship is complicated to say the least...

Other workmates include the perma-wasted Danny, a chancer who has somehow found himself managing Katherine's new office after he pretended to be a devout Muslim. Struggling to work around his fondness for drink and drugs, he's constantly led astray by his feisty PA, Angela, a terrible influence...

Irrepressibly and irritatingly upbeat Jenny is a ball of energy with a relentlessly sunny disposition that hides a profound vulnerability.

Meanwhile Nathanial is naïve and well meaning, trying his best to do his job, but never quite certain what his job actually involves.

There's also the shell-shocked Jeffries, head of Human Resources and responsible for Katherine and Danny's relocation. She's as surprised as everyone else to find herself on the receiving end of her own wave of cuts. Behind her stoical and affable nature, and with her own problems at home, she's as lost as everyone else.

Together they must readjust to their new life, their new surroundings and an inescapable new surrogate family of colleagues.

Channel 4 says: "Full of black humour, razor sharp dialogue and intricately drawn relationships, Not Safe For Work is a timely workplace comedy drama that is laced with an acerbically surreal sensibility which cuts straight to the quick of a lost generation."

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 30th June 2015 at 10pm on Channel 4
Most recent repeats
  • Thursday 6th August 2015 at 12:50am on 4seven - Episode 6
  • Thursday 30th July 2015 at 12:05am on 4seven - Episode 5
  • Thursday 23rd July 2015 at 12:05am on 4seven - Episode 4

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