White Van Man is a new comedy series starring Will Mellor as the proverbial man with a van, written by stand-up comedian Adrian Poynton.
Mellor plays good guy Ollie, reluctantly putting his dreams of running a restaurant on the back burner when his ailing father, Tony, turns to him to take over the family handyman business. Unfortunately for Ollie, the business comes complete with a dodgy van, some questionable tips and an even dodgier assistant.
Meanwhile, Ollie tries to scrape a living while doing the right thing and somehow always managing to fail at both.
First there’s Darren, his incorrigible liability of an assistant who manages to upset either Ollie, their clients and usually both while doing his best to do as little as possible. In the midst of this is Ollie’s old crush from catering school days, Emma, not only a successful restaurateur but back in town and looking to set up a new business. There’s also Darren’s sister, Liz, who works behind the counter at the local hardware shop. She’s one of Ollie’s only true admirers – although even he’s not quite sure just how serious her admirations are.
Out of his depth, and out of pocket, Ollie’s only option is to get on with learning the ropes. Kicking things off, he has to deal with light-fingered Ricky, as well as his nemesis, the local parking attendant, who’s got it in for Ollie. Worst of all, Ollie has to deal with a heavily pregnant Joanne and her more than unhappy father, Terry.
All that’s left for Ollie is to try and escape from it all in his trusty white van – that is if it hasn’t already been clamped.
Will Mellor plays Ollie, Clive Mantle plays Tony, Joel Fry plays Darren, Georgia Moffett plays Emma, Naomi Bentley plays Liz, Blake Harrison plays Ricky, Vicky Longley plays Joanne and Ricky Grover plays Terry. White Van Man also features guest appearances from Gavin & Stacey’s Joanna Page, Hotel Babylon’s Dexter Fletcher, Psychoville’s Debbie Chazen and, making her first ever television appearance with her daughter, Georgia Moffett, actress Sandra Dickinson.
Tuesday 22 March
10.30-11.00pm BBC THREE