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New TV comedy set to satirise letting agents

Producers reveal it will take well worn path and show 'incompetent agent' working in London

Nigel Lewis

TV channel E4 has commissioned a new TV comedy series featuring a fictional incompetent letting agent working in north London.

Set to run for six episodes and air next year the comedy will star Jamie Demetriou playing Stath, a hapless intern working for his family’s poorly-run agency Michael & Eagle Lets.

E4 says the comedy will follow letting agent Stath (pictured) as he struggles to climb the career ladder in London’s cut-throat property market.

Stath TV comedyThe character first appeared three years ago as a short sketch on a Channel 4 shorts series called Comedy Blaps but has now been developed by Demetriou and co-writer Robert Popper, who is best known for his 2011 Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner.

Called simply Stath the programme is to be produced by Roughcut TV but is unlikely to portray letting agents in a good light.

According to its producers the plot is going to revolve closely around the ineptitude of both Stath and his ‘equally inept’ sister Sophie. “In a modern, overcrowded London the business of finding tenants to rent flats should be pretty easy but Stath makes it a struggle”, a Roughcut TV spokesperson said.

“Jamie is one of the UK’s best new writer performers and hopefully his character will become a firm favourite with viewers.”

Channel 4 has form in this genre. In 2002 it broadcast The Estate Agents about the lives of three fictional agents working in South London for Embassy Properties starring Cliff Kelly and Adam Goodwin. And in 2007 ITV joined the agent-bashing fray with Sold, a drama about a group of back-stabbing agents working for fictional Colubrine Estate Agents starring Kris Marshall and Bryan Dick.

November 4, 2016

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