The programme got my attention when I saw Martin Marquez, who I loved in as DS Danny Pearce in The Bill back in the early 1990's, appear on the screen as lovable Security Guard, Paul Franks.
Other members of the cast are also fantastic, Sarah Hadland who portrayed Linda Radleigh in Waterloo Road. Russell Tovey who played George Sands in Being Human. Jo Enright from Ideal to name a few.
Series 1 and Series 2 were only six episodes each which is not lengthy enough for such a unique and unusual comedy programme.
There isn't a comedy programme today in a setting such as a Jobcentre.
There isn't a comedy programme like The Job Lot apart from Trollied in the earlier seasons but series 4 has been a letdown which is why ITV need to recommission The Job Lot for a third series so we, the viewers, can enjoy a comedy with the wit and intelligence the writers and cast bring to life on our television screens.
Paul is one of the two security guards at Brownhall House, he is the first face visitors see when entering the building.
Don't take his exterior of a law abiding citizen lightly as he uses Brownhall House's facilities to run his carpet fitting business on the side and with his golden tongue, he has gotten away with it, but we love him so we won't tell scary Angela.
Martin Marquez has played Paul Franks in all 12 episodes of The Job Lot.
He is half-Spanish and half-British, born in the city Coventry, West Midlands in England and began his acting career in 1993 where he made his on-screen acting début as a policeman in the classic comedy, Desmond's (Humphrey Barclay Productions/Channel 4).
Other credits are; The Bill (Thames Television), EastEnders (BBC Drama) and Hotel Babylon (BBC Drama).
His Daughter, Ramona Marquez, was in Outnumbered as Karen Brockman.
Like Paul, she is at front-of-house as another Security Guard although she does more cleaning and tidying up than keeping a watchful eye on the front doors, it is a wonder Trish hasn't spotted this but we know she is busy.
Janette tries hard to fit in with the 2014 crowd by using all the latest gadgets and trends but she lives her life nostalgically and prefers the more old school ways of doing things.
You wouldn't think of it to look at her but she's very passionate about the beautiful game of football and has shown fighting talk whenever The Great Barr branch is the topic of conversation.
Angela Curran has been in all 12 episodes of The Job Lot as Janette Hodgkins.
Angela Curran has been working in drama since 1977, she's the seasoned veteran of the cast.
Other credits include; Where The Heart Is (Anglia Television), This Is Jinsy (The Welded Tandem Picture Company), Press Gang (Central Television/Richmond Films & Television Production).
She was also involved in The Calendar Girls movie, working with Julie Walters CBE & Dame Helen Mirren.
George likes to over exaggerate his stories in so many ways.
He is the resident fraud officer of the team, he investigates all the suspected benefit cheats of Brownall, spending hours on surveillance in dark places gathering all the evidence he needs.
Strangely enough, his unorthodox methods actually work and he has been very successful in stopping benefit cheats on numerous occasions.
Adeel Akhtar has only been in nine episodes of The Job Lot as George Dhot.
Adeel Akhtar originally pursued a career in law but later decided to follow his dream as an actor.
He trained in the Actors Studio Drama School in New York, his skills learnt there were put to good use as he is commended for his role as Faisal, a Muslim Extremist, in the film, Four Lions (Film4 Productions/Wild Bunch/Warp Films). The movie is distributed on DVD by Optimum Releasing & Alamo Drafting Cinema.
The mother hen of the coop.
Trish is not as sharp as she should be, she does have the wool pulled over her eyes a lot but she does her best to ensure her staff are happy.
She is the Centre Manager who struggles to manage... everything, as much as people should respect her authority, she does cave in too often.
Sarah Hadland has been in all 12 episodes of The Job Lot as Trish Collingwood.
Sarah Hadland is probably most known for her role as Linda Radleigh in Waterloo Road (BBC Drama/Shed Productions) and has appeared in other programmes such as; Bad Girls (Shed Productions), That Mitchell And Webb Look (BBC Drama) and as a voice actor in children's programme, Fireman Sam (BBC Cymru).
Graham is a harmless lovable man who has been coming to the Jobcentre for years, mainly to have a chat with the staff as he is a bit lonely and straightforward minded.
No-one knows where his shirts are, I don't even think he knows he's not wearing one.
He has an iconic charcoal blazer which he wears in hope to impress potential employers and occasionally customises his attire with a tie.
Tony Maudsley has been in all 12 episodes of The Job Lot.
Tony Maudsley's biggest role to date is of Grawp in Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (Heyday Films/Warner Bros. Pictures).
Bryony has no intentions to get a job, she is opinionated and has an answer for everything, usually with unwitting comedic remarks.
In the past she has applied for a job in MI5 with no realistic chance of actually getting it.
She has self-confidence issues, I have no idea why as she's quite hot, which affects her in going for job interviews but has all the capability in the world to wrap Karl around her little finger in order to get what she wants.
Like Graham, Bryony has no sense of fashion but we love her.
Sophie McShera is far from Bryony West, if you look at the other roles she portrays.
Her other works are; Downton Abbey (ITV Studios) and Waterloo Road.
Karl is easily bored and distracted.
He doesn't like working in the Jobcentre and has made that clear on a number of times.
His biggest accomplishment in life is an Art Degree, he may have mentioned that once or twice.
Karl is awkward around everybody, he does his best to please everyone.
He loves his extended lunch breaks to go off on escapades.
If you're ever down in the dumps, Karl is always on-hand to cheer you up with his (not-so) secret stash of biscuits.
Russell Tovey has portrayed Karl Lyndhurst in all 12 episodes of The Job Lot.
Russell Tovey's other credits include; Looking (HBO), Gavin & Stacey and Doctor Who (BBC Drama).
He is also an accomplished playwright and screenwriter, three of his plays have been performed.
Russell was considered to replace David Tennant as The Doctor in Doctor Who.
Every workplace has an Angela, driven by the rulebook and clued up on all the loopholes in policies.
Trish fired Angela but to no avail, Angela won her tribunal and was reinstated as a result of that, she has a power struggle with the Centre Manager on a daily basis.
She feels that she should be the Centre Manager, in Angela's world only Angela matters and everyone else should bow to her feet whenever she enters a room.
She's very workshy and makes it extremely difficult for any job seekers to gain any employment with all the hoops she makes people jump through.
You know the type of person Angela is, she's the awkward one at the end of the phone telling you that you have got the wrong form and she cannot help you out for unexplained reasons. She's the one you'd spend at least four hours on hold for, for her to come back saying "I'll need to transfer you to another department" - we've all dealt with an Angela at one point in our lives, she's the one who we yell profanities at the phone after she hangs up on us, maybe before depending on your humour.
Jo Enright has played Angela Bromford in all 12 episodes of The Job Lot.
Apart from acting, Jo Enright is also a stand-up comedian.
Danielle is a new mum who skipped full maternity leave in favour of returning to work.
As much as she loves her baby, she could do without the stress her child brings.
She's up for a laugh and is rather impressed with her new improved cup sized breasts post-birth.
Loves catching up with the latest gossip around the staff room.
Tamla Kari only appeared in the first series of The Job Lot and is in all six of it's episodes.
Tamla Kari has also been in both Inbetweeners movies.
She trained as an actor in Drama Centre London.
Natalie is the new kid on the block with a business mind.
She is the Deputy Manager in a world she's not familiar with but has settled in quite nicely.
Natalie was headhunted by Denise Madden, the manager of the Kingstanding branch, but turned it down to be with Karl at Brownall.
Laura Aikman has been in all six episodes of series 2 of The Job Lot as Natalie Mason.
Laura Aikman's other credits include; Casualty (BBC Drama), Trial & Retribution (ITV Studios).
In 2015, Laura will be another deputy, this time a Deputy Head Teacher, in Waterloo Road.
Television in this day and age is monopolised by over-produced rubbish like X Factor, The Only Way Is Essex and far too much sporting event programmes, The Job Lot allows people like me to escape from all that and laugh at what is typically an everyday situation, looking for jobs.
There are programmes for actors to learn in that are no longer around, programmes like The Bill, London's Burning and Steel River Blues. It's programmes like those which create fantastic performers.
The Job Lot does the "job" perfectly for those people, actors like Delroy Brown and Zahra Ahmadi to name a couple.
It's a fantastic platform for people to learn and I don't think ITV should take that away from us all.
We also need to see how the relationship between Karl & Natalie blossoms as well, we can't leave it as it did.
I would just like to thank all involved for keeping the format of the programme exactly the same as series 1, that was my main concern when I found out that series 2 is coming on and it did not disappoint.
If ITV continue to partner with Big Talk Productions on The Job Lot, all I can say is, teamwork makes the dream work.
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