Witless. Image shows from L to R: Leanne (Kerry Howard), Rhona (Zoe Boyle). Copyright: Objective Productions
Witless

Witless

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Three
  • 2016 - 2018
  • 15 episodes (3 series)

Sitcom about two flatmates who enter witness protection after seeing a vicious gangland shooting. Stars Kerry Howard, Zoe Boyle, Samuel Anderson, Nicholas Fruin, T'Nia Miller and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1

Witless. Image shows from L to R: Leanne (Kerry Howard), Rhona (Zoe Boyle). Copyright: Objective Productions
Rhona and Leanne are forced into hiding after witnessing a cold-blooded gangland shooting. Wannabe star actress Leanne is far more excited by the prospect than Rhona, who had been planning an escape of her own.

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Broadcast details

Date
Friday 22nd April 2016
Time
6pm
Channel
BBC Three
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 29th April 2016 11:25pm BBC1

Cast & crew

Cast
Kerry Howard Leanne
Zoe Boyle Rhona
Samuel Anderson Patrick
Nicholas Fruin DJ Sound As F***
T'Nia Miller DC Wilton
Nick Preston Benny
Tom Cawte Appraisal
John Hodgkinson Sergeant Anthony Forrest
John Inverdale Self
Guest cast
Janie Booth Mrs Hobbs
Ruth Keeling Council Worker
Laya Lewis Claudia
Writing team
Joe Tucker Writer
Lloyd Woolf Writer
Production team
Andrew Chaplin Director
Adam Miller Director
Charlotte Lewis Producer
Joe Tucker Executive Producer
Lloyd Woolf Executive Producer
Gregor Sharp Executive Producer
Ben Farrell Executive Producer
Charlie Fawcett Editor
Jim Holloway Production Designer
Benedict Spence Director of Photography

Video

Rhona and Leanne test out thier alter egos

After going into witness protection, Leanne relishes the opportunity to flesh out her new alter ego whilst registering with the local dentist, whereas Rhona suffers from stage fright.

Featuring: Kerry Howard (Leanne) & Zoe Boyle (Rhona).

Press

Witless is BBC Three's first brand new comedy since they made the move online. Just like BBC Three's other big comedy Cuckoo, Witless has a surprisingly old-fashioned premise for a show that's supposedly trying to attract the under-thirty crowd. The story sees mismatched flatmates straight-laced Rhona (Zoe Boyle) and the outrageous Leanne (Kerry Howard) forced into witness protection after seeing a gangland shooting first hand. The majority of the comedy is derived from the fact that Rhona was just about to move out from the flat that she and Leanne shared due to her not being able to stand her any more. So now she's forced to spend a lot more time with Leanne, doesn't sit well with Rhona neither does the fact that the flat they're given by the Witness Protection scheme is even more down market than the one they shared before. Whilst the Witness Protection situation couldn't have come at a worse time for Rhona, Leanne sees it as an opportunity to reinvent herself. Going off script almost instantly, she introduces herself with several different pseudonyms throughout the course of the episode and also tries to find romance with the mysterious Patrick (Samuel Anderson). Writers Joe Tucker and Lloyd Woolf make sure to the audience realise that there is a real threat on the girls' lives by introducing two young gangster characters who have been tasked with wiping them out. The final part of the opening episode sees Leanne save Rhona from being killed in a strip club and in the process the two finally realise that they can rely on each other. In my opinion Witless does have a lot going for it from an intriguing premise to the energy and enthusiasm of the two lead actresses. At the same time it is a little rough around the edges and I found that the two young hoodlums who are on Rhona and Leanne's tails have been written in quite a clichéd manner. On the upside Boyle and especially Howard seem to be having fun with the show and the pair share an awkward chemistry which lends itself well to the relationships their characters have. My personal highlights of the first episode were the Witness Protection self-help videos hosted by John Inverdale as they were perfectly pitched. If BBC Three are smart they'll post extra videos featuring Inverdale on their website as I do feel these may draw people to watch full episodes of Witless. Though it's far from perfect, Witless at least shows promise and even during the script's weaker moments I thought that Boyle and Howard's winning chemistry and enthusiasm was enough to see me through.

Matt, The Custard TV, 23rd April 2016

Zoe Boyle and Kerry Howard interview

We met actresses Zoe Boyle and Kerry Howard who play the unlikely friends in new BBC Three comedy Witless.

Sophie Maden, BBC Blogs, 21st April 2016

Witless is BBC Three's first brilliant online comedy

BBC Three may have found its first original comedy hit since moving online. If you liked The Wrong Mans​, you're going to love Witless​ even more.

Tom Eames, Digital Spy, 20th April 2016

So far, BBC Three's online offerings have erred on the side of bleakness. Despite a premise involving a gangland murder and the witness protection programme, there doesn't seem to be much danger of that with Witless. This is a traditional odd-couple sitcom as a pair of twentysomething frenemies get stuck with each other in a new town. The presence of Him & Her's Kerry Howard, manifesting another of her brilliantly infuriating grotesques, should keep it watchable.

The Guardian, 18th April 2016

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