Zapped. Image shows from L to R: Steg (Kenneth Collard), Herman (Louis Emerick), Brian (James Buckley), Barbara (Sharon Rooney), Howell (Paul Kaye)


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

Fantasy comedy series about a man abruptly transported to a parallel world. Stars James Buckley, Paul Kaye, Sharon Rooney, Kenneth Collard, Louis Emerick and more.

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Series 2, Episode 1 - The Trial

Zapped. Image shows from L to R: Brian (James Buckley), Steg (Kenneth Collard), Judge (Nina Wadia), Springleaf (Richard Sandling)
Trapped in a parallel universe, office temp Brian Weaver has been locked up and charged with triggering the Snail Wars.

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Trapped in a parallel universe, office temp Brian Weaver has been locked up and charged with triggering the Snail Wars. Steg opts to represent him in court, persuading Brian to face Trial by Combat with a terrifying warrior named Radnok. Barbara has abandoned soothsaying to become a blacksmith, Herman's cooking rotten fish and Howell has moved into the cat retrieval business, which involves first kidnapping the cats. Can the gang free Brian before he faces certain death at the hands of Radnok?

Broadcast details

Thursday 12th October 2017
40 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 13th October 2017 11:40pm Dave
Saturday 14th October 2017 2:10am Dave
Monday 16th October 2017 10:40pm Dave
Friday 12th October 2018 1:00am Dave
Sunday 8th September 2019 1:15am Dave
Wednesday 11th September 2019 2:45am Dave
Tuesday 18th February 2020 3:30am Dave
Tuesday 12th May 2020 3:05am Dave
Friday 16th October 2020 3:15am Dave

Cast & crew

James Buckley Brian
Paul Kaye Howell
Sharon Rooney Barbara
Kenneth Collard Steg
Louis Emerick Herman
Ricky Grover Hawthorn
Richard Sandling Springleaf
Tony Way Chestnut
Guz Khan Skylark
Guest cast
Jessica Ransom Jess (Office worker)
Martin Glyn Murray Greg (Office worker)
Ben Crompton Jones The Anvil
Gus Brown Advocate
Rufus Hound Kevlar
Nina Wadia Judge
Rob Reinaldo Radnok
Jing Lusi Scrape
Writing team
Dan Gaster Writer
Will Ing Writer
Paul Powell Writer
Production team
Dave Lambert Director
Kerry Waddell Producer
Steve Coogan Executive Producer
Dan Gaster Executive Producer
Will Ing Executive Producer
Christine Langan Executive Producer
Paul Powell Associate Producer
James Buckley Associate Producer
Joe Fraser Associate Producer
Joe Fraser Editor
David Ferris Production Designer
Kevin Riddle Casting Director
Howard Burden Costume Designer
Pete Rowe Director of Photography
Jo Jenkins Make-up Designer
Dan Gibling 1st Assistant Director


Brian gets locked up

Barbara visits Brian in prison.

Featuring: James Buckley (Brian), Sharon Rooney (Barbara), Tony Way (Chestnut) & Rufus Hound (Kevlar).


All the jokes in Zapped, this formulaic farce have been done decades ago and much better by the late Sir Terry Pratchett in his Discworld novels.

Mind you, Sir Terry's imagination was so fecund that he didn't leave much space for his successors.

James Buckley plays an inept office worker who ends up in a world of swords and sorcery, under the drunken protection of a useless wizard (Paul Kaye).

Beset by fake soothsayers, devious politicians and thuggish city guards, he's dismayed to discover that even the magic doesn't work properly.

Fantasy sitcom has been done brilliantly by the live- action puppet series Yonderland, over on Sky. Zapped simply feels derivative.

On the other hand, it does feature doltish coppers with dainty wings called Fairies and wizards with Jethro Tull beards.

That's got to be worth a titter. Just don't expect too many laughs and you won't be disappointed.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 13th October 2017

Preview - Zapped: Series 2

Following a short run last year, Dave has brought back it's sitcom about a temp trapped in a fantasy world.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 12th October 2017

Following 2016's miniseries that saw office drone Brian (James Buckley) transported to an eccentric alternate universe, a full series following the misfit's misfortunes in bizarre backwater Munty. It begins with Brian accidentally triggering a war and standing trial as a war criminal. Luckily for the embattled pan-dimensional prisoner, a mentally malleable judge means that even the most imperfect of legal minds could ensure his early release.

Mark Gibbings-Jones, The Guardian, 12th October 2017

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