Directed by: Damon Beesley
Starring: Ed Westwick, James Buckley and Linzey Cocker
A tale about a dirt-bag who you never find yourself rooting for, but still enjoy watching.
Set in 1983 Vincent Swan, (Ed Westwick) is a smooth talking charmer who barely has had to work for anything in his life. He has a beautiful wife, two kids and a great job – all of which he got with charisma and charm. His ambition in life is – more! He wants more of everything all the while doing less work for them.
On a whim he finds a way to take over as a top salesman at a double-glazing window installation store. He hires two of his own men and proceeds to create a mini empire within the industry. Unfortunately, he can’t stop there. Setting his sights on bigger goals he finally begins to bite off more than he can chew. The mob, side women and hiding your overly obese wife all come to play as Swan and his team begin to unravel.
The whole series takes place in Essex, England. The British humor is heavy-handed with irony and quick-wit but luckily not too much of the standard slap stick or raunchiness. There’s nothing overly driving you to keep watching this show. Sure, the subplots from the secondary characters hold mild interest, but there’s nothing compelling to force you quickly to the next episode. As entertaining as the exploits are of Swan and his cohorts, never do you feel anything sympathetic towards them or find yourself rooting for Swan at all.
A rainy day and you have nothing much going on, I recommend knocking out this quick series. Six episodes each under thirty minutes means it’s a quick binge and worth the time. Had this been 12 episode at an hour each, a totally different score would be earned here.
7 out of 10