The Spa (TV series)

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The Spa
Genre Sitcom
Created by Derren Litten
Written by Derren Litten
Directed by Sandy Johnson
Starring Rebecca Front
Derren Litten
Tim Healy
Debbie Chazen
Nadine Marshall
Niky Wardley
Vilma Hollingbery
Chris Geere
Ramin Karimloo
Cheryl Fergison
Frances Barber
Composer(s) Howard Goodall
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 8 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 30mins (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) Tiger Aspect Productions
Distributor Endemol UK
Broadcast
Original channel Sky Living
Picture format 16:9 (HDTV 1080i)
Original run 7 February 2013 (2013-02-07) – present
External links
Website

The Spa is a sitcom created, written and starring Derren Litten. It is set in a health spa in Hertfordshire and follows the daily goings-on of the business. The first series consisted of seven episodes and aired between February and March 2013. A New Year Special concluded the series on 27th December 2013.

Background[edit]

The Spa follows the daily running of a health club where a run in with the staff can be deadly. The spa is run by bossy manageress Alison Crabbe, who is confident she can turn the spa into a successful business, despite a series of unfortunate accidents and terrible customer service. Alison is joined by an eccentric and inept group of employees who find themselves in strange and bizarre situations as a matter of routine.

Main characters[edit]

  • Alison Crabbe (Rebecca Front) – The bolshy, staff and customer-hating manager of The Spa.
  • Marcus Wells (Derren Litten) – The wheelchair-bound aerobics instructor.
  • Eric Lofthouse (Tim Healy) – The Spa's well-endowed and forgetful handyman.
  • Davina Stewart (Debbie Chazen) – The Spa's complementary physio and spiritual therapist.
  • Veronica (Vron) Hendry (Nadine Marshall) – The hyper-fit and hyper-aggressive weights instructor, who is not opposed to conning patrons out of money.
  • Sally Skinner (Niky Wardley) – Well-meaning but dim receptionist.
  • Rose Cearney (Vilma Hollingbery) – The elderly and suicidal cleaner.
  • Bolek (Chris Geere) – Newly hired Polish chef at The Spa, formerly a plumber.
  • Costas Kleovolou (Ramin Karimloo) – His family own The Spa and his wealth has been handed on a plate
  • Bergita Wylde (Cheryl Fergison) – The often-insulted guest at The Spa, who under hypnotherapy is revealed to possibly be the reincarnation of Hitler.
  • Virginia (Ginny) Trench (Frances Barber) – Alison's best friend.
  • Stephanie (Stephen) (Tony Maudsley) - Marcus's blind date and "lover".

Episodes[edit]

Episode Title Directed by Written by Ratings[1] Original air date
1 "High Anxiety" Sandy Johnson Derren Litten 532,000 7 February 2013 (2013-02-07)
It's a typically abnormal day at The Spa as Rose goes to great heights to get noticed and Sally suffers the consequences of upsetting fussy regular Ms Begita Wylde.
2 "No Place Like Home" Sandy Johnson Derren Litten 378,000 14 February 2013 (2013-02-14)
Alison secretly moves into the health centre when her boiler at home breaks down, but it's far from a relaxing stay.
3 "A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose" Sandy Johnson Derren Litten 320,000 21 February 2013 (2013-02-21)
Marcus suspects his boss is to blame for his injury and although Alison has tried to put him off the scent, he's on the hunt for evidence.
4 "Love Is A Losing Game" Sandy Johnson Derren Litten 318,000 28 February 2013 (2013-02-28)
Peter Kelly, a swindler from Alison's past, uses his smooth-yet-slimy talking gets the manageress on board with his latest scheme to break into the PR world.
5 "Wedding Belles" Sandy Johnson Derren Litten 241,000 7 March 2013 (2013-03-07)
Both wedding and alarm bells sound as manageress Alison gets her registrar licence.
6 "Mr Right" Sandy Johnson Derren Litten 255,000 14 March 2013 (2013-03-14)
Davina confides in Vron about her crush on Marcus, only to receive some surprising information in return. Meanwhile Alison is looking for love.
7 "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" Sandy Johnson Derren Litten 225,000 21 March 2013 (2013-03-21)
The first series of the comedy concludes with Marcus and Alison's long-awaited showdown. Chesney Hawkes guest stars.
8 "Strangers In The Night" Sandy Johnson Derren Litten Under 121,000 27 December 2013 (2013-12-27)
Its New Year's Eve and staff are hoping to be dismissed early. There's no such luck, unfortunately, due to a freak snow storm.

DVD Release[edit]

The complete first seven episodes of the series was released onto DVD on 25th March 2013.

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