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 5

Martin's first TV appearance is approaching, and to say he's somewhat nervous would be an understatement. Crushed by the stress of the situation, he loses his voice - and Jean's insistence on his need for a makeover doesn't really help matters.

Further details

The day of Martin's first TV appearance is drawing closer and Martin is practising some of his celebrity voices in front of Jean. Unimpressed, she shuns Martin's Brian Cox impression, telling him that the audience are likely to want someone "less boring". Then, in a moment of genius, Jean decides that Martin needs a makeover Martin for his big TV appearance.

Ignoring Martin's apprehensions, Steven delivers a nervy Martin and an excited Jean to the salon. A few hours later Martin emerges looking absolutely ridiculous. Complete with orange tan, gleaming white teeth and jet black hair. It's a new look for Martin and not one he's wholly comfortable with.

After seven years in the job, Martin has his last day at work. It's fairly uneventful but there is a positive feeling in the air. However, the day before his big TV appearance, Martin finds he has lost his voice. Communicating via the written word, Martin sparks suspicion in Steven and Jean that it's a psychologically induced and as a result they send him off with Neil to see the 'doctor' who treats Neil's father.

On arrival at the care home, the pair meet with Denham, Neil's dad - a man clearly suffering with at least a touch of Alzheimer's. While Neil spends time with his dad (who needs to be reminded that he even has a son), Martin has his appointment with Dr. Sandu, a man with a seemingly miracle cure. With his voice starting to return, Martin takes a walk in the grounds and unleashes his internal monologue with a whirlwind of voices and quotes purging his fears and emotions ahead of his big TV appearance.

It's the day of the show, and while Martin is clearly nervous he gets a sample of the high life as he's delivered to the studios in a chauffeur driven car. Whisked into make-up, the producer is immediately unimpressed with Martin's selection of voices. Worse still he finds out that he's competing against a dog to be the 'internet sensation of the week'. Ahead of the show Martin's friends visit his dressing room to wish him luck, which only makes him more nervous. Before he knows it, his friends are gone and Martin is left alone to prepare for an appearance that he's still not sure about.

Now waiting in the wings, his nerves at an all-time high he's highly agitated and genuinely unsure about going out. As his introduction builds will the tension be too much? Will Martin head for the exit sign or will he go on with his big break?


Dan Tetsell was credited in this episode but did not appear.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 10th April 2013
Channel 4
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Terry Mynott Martin Hurdle
    Jo Hartley Jean
    Neil Maskell Neil
    Jacob Anderson Steven
    Sharon Duncan-Brewster Dionne
    Ami Metcalf Chelsea
    Guest cast
    Dan Tetsell Mr Stubbs (HR Manager)
    Ruth Sheen Martin's Mum
    Peter Wight Martin's Dad
    Ralph Brown Denholm (Neil's Dad)
    Alton Letto Dr. Sandhu
    Sally Ann Matthews Larry's Owner
    Jessica Pidsley Nurse
    Ben Farrow Restaurant Customer
    Gay Lambert Patient
    Matthew Pattimore Runner
    Stuart Holdham Actor
    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
    Seb Cardinal (as Sebastian Cardinal) Production Assistant

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