Toast of London

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Toast of London
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Title card
Format Comedy
Created by
Directed by Michael Cumming
Opening theme "Take My Hand"
by Matt Berry
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 7
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Objective Productions
Original channel Channel 4
Original run 20 October 2013 – present
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Toast of London is a British comedy series following Steven Toast (played by former The IT Crowd and Garth Marenghi's Darkplace actor Matt Berry), an eccentric middle-aged actor with a chequered past who spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on it. The show has been renewed for a second series in 2014.[1]



Pilot episode (2012)[edit]

Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date
Pilot "The Unspeakable Play" Michael Cumming Arthur Matthews and Matt Berry 20 August 2012 (2012-08-20)
In the pilot episode Toast is asked to audition for long-running television series 'Summer Time Murders'. However, the producer has been imprisoned for racial chanting on the set of his own production, so Toast has to audition for the part of a gay corrupt detective during prisoners' visiting time.[2]

Series 1 (2013)[edit]

Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Addictive Personality" Michael Cumming Arthur Matthews and Matt Berry 20 October 2013 (2013-10-20)
Things are looking up for Steven. His agent Jane Plough gives him some exciting news: he's won a 'Best Actor' award from trendy Bra'z' Magazine. He is also getting more than a bit of attention from the ladies; celebrity journalist Susan Random and the beautiful, but slightly unhinged, Jemima Gina. Meanwhile, Toast's flatmate Ed Howzer-Black has invited his old friend Kikini Bamalam to stay while she recovers from her latest botched cosmetic surgery procedure.
2 "Afternoon Tea" Michael Cumming Arthur Matthews and Matt Berry 27 October 2013 (2013-10-27)
Toast's excitement at winning a part in a new play is tempered by two facts. One, his nemesis Ray Purchase (Harry Peacock), is also in it. Two, there's a rumour his director, Acker Herron (Geoffrey McGivern), has a history of murdering difficult actors.
3 "Vanity Project" Michael Cumming Arthur Matthews and Matt Berry 3 November 2013 (2013-11-03)
Toast is caught in the middle of an acrimonious and expensive divorce so he needs to find a lot of cash, fast. Given two potential solutions, a starring role in a new feature film being made by a rich Arab billionaire or a laxative ad, he plumps for the former, despite the protestations of his agent, Jane Plough. But given the content of the movie, has Toast made the right decision?
4 "Submission" Michael Cumming Arthur Matthews and Matt Berry 10 November 2013 (2013-11-10)
Toast's new girlfriend, the aristocratic Portia de Coogan, thinks it's about time Toast met her father, Lord Fotheringham. To make the best impression, it's vital Toast works on his non-existent sense of humour. Professionally, some voiceover work for the Royal Navy leads to a terrifying visit to the launch of their latest submarine - The Penetrator.
5 "End" Michael Cumming Arthur Matthews and Matt Berry 17 November 2013 (2013-11-17)
Toast is tired of doing crummy voice overs and appearing every night in his terrible play. With the help of a new agent, Brooke Hooberman, he tries his hand at a new career; an author of erotic literature. He also finds himself a glamorous new lady friend, Kate Khan, who would be perfect if she didn't have her deaf, dumb and blind aunt constantly in tow.
6 "Bonus Ball" Michael Cumming Matt Berry and Arthur Matthews 24 November 2013 (2013-11-24)
Having lost a lot of money to Andrew Lloyd Webber in a celebrity poker game, Toast resorts to desperate measures, and ends up in a life or death showdown with Ray Purchase and Webber's enforcer, Michael Ball.


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