Timewasters. Image shows from L to R: Lauren (Adelayo Adedayo), Nick (Daniel Lawrence Taylor), Horace (Samson Kayo), Jason (Kadiff Kirwan). Copyright: Big Talk Productions.

Timewasters

ITV2 sitcom about four black time travellers. 12 episodes (2 series), 2017 - 2019. Stars Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Kadiff Kirwan, Adelayo Adedayo, Samson Kayo and others.

Timewasters. Image shows from L to R: Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Kadiff Kirwan, Adelayo Adedayo, Samson Kayo. Copyright: Big Talk Productions.

Timewasters

Sitcom about a struggling four-piece South London jazz band who travel back in time

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2017 - 2019
Channel
ITV2
Episodes
12   (2 series)
Creator
Daniel Lawrence Taylor
Starring
Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Kadiff Kirwan, Adelayo Adedayo, Samson Kayo, Liz Kingsman, Anna Chancellor, Kevin Garry, Ellie White and Oliver Wellington
Writers
Daniel Lawrence Taylor and Barunka O'Shaughnessy
Director
George Kane
Producers
Josh Cole and Jim Poyser

Timewasters is a comedy about a struggling four-piece South London jazz band who travel back in time to the 1920s via a urine-sodden lift in a dilapidated block of flats.

Stuck in the past after their 'time machine' is destroyed, our gang decide to explore, before quickly discovering that being young and black in the Jazz Age is a lot less genteel and a lot more shady than Downton Abbey had led them to believe.

Aided and abetted by a pair of oddball twins and some 1920s luminaries, the band are forced to navigate the parties and pitfalls of the Roaring Twenties while searching for a way back home. All the while, not missing the opportunity to introduce the Bright Young Things to some of the twenty-first century's finest tunes.

Having finally managed to return home, Series 2 sees the gang off on another adventure: this time to 1958, when black people in Britain were a far more common, if no less unwelcome in the eyes of many, sight. With the country still in the post-war doldrums, the group have bomb sites and Teddy Boys to contend with - but jazz is finally, truly making its mark on wider popular culture as rock and roll also begins making its presence felt on both sides of the Atlantic.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Blackwards (Working title)
  • Black To The Future (Working title)
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 9th October 2017 on ITV2 at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Monday 8th April 2019 on ITV2 at 10pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Monday 15th April 2019 at 1:50am

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