So What Now?

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So What Now?
Created by Lee Evans
Developed by Lee Evans
Stuart Silver
Peter Tilbury
Directed by Tony Dow
Starring Lee Evans
Steven O'Donnell
Sophie Thompson
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 8[1] (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Addison Cresswell
Geoffrey Perkins
Producer(s) Tony Dow
Charlie Hansen
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Picture format 16:9
Original run 26 March 2001 (2001-03-26) – 22 May 2001 (2001-05-22)

So What Now? is a BBC television sitcom starring comedian Lee Evans. Evans co-wrote it with Stuart Silver and Peter Tilbury. It aired on BBC One from 26 March 2001 until 22 May 2001, with only one series of eight episodes being broadcast.[1]

Plot[edit]

Co-written by and starring Lee Evans, this sitcom centres around his character sharing a house with his slobbish friend and their neurotic landlady. Lee is highly accident prone and disaster seems to strike him no matter what his intentions are.

Cast[edit]

Characters[edit]

Lee has been thrown out by his wife and has no choice but to move in with friend Stuart. He is barely employed and everything he touches seems to turn to disaster. He does write tunes for mobile phone ringtones. And had a son, Lucas, with his wife.[2]

Stuart is Lee's slobbish and disorganised friend. He allows Lee to stay in his flat against his better judgement and soon regrets his decision. He is a double glazing window salesman. And he was married to Wendy and had children with her.[2]

Heather is Lee and Stuart's landlady and is fiercely neurotic. She is also desperate to find a man. She is a failed "IT" girl. And her father is in prison for embezzlement.[2]

Production[edit]

Lee Evans has stated to be displeased with the series. ‘I was writing the scripts and then I’d get on set and I’d be given a script with someone else’s name on it. It was like being punched in the stomach and you’d have to start performing feeling like that. The show turned into something completely different from what I intended it to be. It was as if they didn’t trust me, as if they didn’t think I was good enough a writer, but it didn’t work. I had to walk away from doing any more series. I just went home.’[3]

Episode guide[edit]

# Title Director Original air date
1 "Moving Out"[4] Tony Dow[4] 26 March 2001 (2001-03-26)[4]
After burning down his friend's flat, Lee must find a new place to live.[4]
2 "Sofa So Good"[5] Tony Dow[5] 2 April 2001 (2001-04-02)[5]
With Lee having lost his ring, he enthusiastically searches through Heather's sofa in an effort to find it.[5]
3 "Swingers"[6] Tony Dow[6] 9 April 2001 (2001-04-09)[6]
Stuart takes Lee to a swingers' bar to try to cheer him up.[6]
4 "The House Guest"[7] 16 April 2001 (2001-04-16)[7]
Lee bumps into an old man while he is behind the wheel and decides to get to know him better. Something which he soon regrets.[7]
5 "Act of God"[8] Tony Dow[8] 23 April 2001 (2001-04-23)[8]
Stuart tries to get Lee to take out a life insurance policy but his motives are unclear.[8]
6 "Fear of Flying"[9] Tony Dow[9] 30 April 2001 (2001-04-30)[9]
The friends have the chance to take a holiday but Lee's fear of flying could be a problem.[9]
7 "The Limo"[10] Tony Dow[10] 15 May 2001 (2001-05-15)[10]
Lee and his friends come unstuck in a limo.[10]
8 "Parole"[11] Tony Dow[11] 22 May 2001 (2001-05-22)[11]
Heather's father has been released on parole but Lee is uncertain as to whether he can be trusted.[11]

DVD[edit]

The complete first and only series was released on DVD on 12 November 2001.[12] It was sold as a two-disc set. The first was a double-sided disc (unusual for a BBC release) showing all eight episodes, with the second containing 30-minutes of outtakes and a documentary about Lee Evans.

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