The Mimic. Martin Hurdle (Terry Mynott). Copyright: Running Bare Pictures.

The Mimic

Channel 4 sitcom. 11 episodes (2 series), 2013 - 2014. Stars Terry Mynott, Jo Hartley, Neil Maskell, Jacob Anderson, Rebecca Gethings, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Ami Metcalf and John Thomson.

Series 1, Episode 3

Martin's basement flat has been flooded as a result of Jean leaving the bath running for six hours. Moving in with Neil, the pair go on a double date, with somewhat disappointing results.

Further details

Despite the catastrophic results of the flat flooding, Martin's hoping that he can salvage the hard drive on his laptop. However, as he arrives at the computer repair shop, he doesn't receive the warmest of welcomes. The staff have called the police having found 'indecent' images on his computer. The picture in question, a naked photo of a baby, is a picture sent by Martin's mum of him as a child.

After a close brush with the law, Martin takes newly discovered son Steven on a trip to the zoo in an attempt to make up for lost time. Being a bright and savvy young man, Steven's not overly enthralled at the prospect and suggests that next time they try something a little more 'grown-up.' Following an emergency call from his mother Dionne, Steven has to leave and leaves Martin to his own devices. In a chance meeting Martin decides to take a blind lady on a guided tour of the zoo under the guise of wildlife legend David Attenborough.

Unable to return to his flooded flat, friend and local newsagent Neil has suggested that Martin move in with him. Martin is reluctant but is left with little choice, particularly when Neil explains that he's been lonely since his wife and son moved out. Neil says it will be just like 'living with loads of friends with all Martin's voices.'

Meanwhile Neil has also organised a double date for him and Martin through his internet dating site. After awkward beginnings and plenty of booze, the foursome all head back to Neil's house, where Neil's date is less than impressed to find a giant photo of Neil and his ex-wife pride of place above the bed.

Finally Martin introduces Steven to the rest of his family. A warm, but somewhat clumsy meeting peaks when Martin's grandmother mistakes Martin's son for his new boyfriend.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 27th March 2013
Channel 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Terry Mynott Martin Hurdle
Jo Hartley Jean
Neil Maskell Neil
Jacob Anderson Steven
Guest cast
Peter Ferdinando Jesse
Dustin Demri-Burns PC Universe Technician
Elizabeth Counsell Blind Woman
Jo-Anne Knowles (as Jo Ann Knowles) Brunette Date
Doreen Mantle Martin's Nan
Samantha Power Blonde Date
Ruth Sheen Martin's Mum
Peter Wight Martin's Dad
Zahra Ahmadi (as Zara Ahmadi) Police Woman
Alexander Cobb Danny
Joel Gillman PC Universe Worker
Nick Haverson Policeman
Mark Underwood Zoo Warden
Writing team
Matt Morgan Writer
Production team
Kieron Hawkes Director
Jack Bayles Producer
Kieron Hawkes Editor
Hayden Matthews Production Designer
David Mackinnon Composer
Matt Power Composer

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