Trollied

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Trollied
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Genre Sitcom
Created by Anne Marie O'Connor
Paul Doolan
Ash Atalla
Written by Paul Doolan
Chris Haywood
Anne Marie O'Connor
Nat Saunders
Julie Rutterford
Ben Edwards
Stuart Farrell
Rachael New
Adrian Poynton
Abigail Wilson
Directed by Paul Walker (Series 1–2)
Jonathan Gershfield (Series 2–)
Paul Murphy (Series 2–)
Paul Harrison (Series 3–)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 44 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Sue Howells (Series 1)
Rachel Salter (Series 2)
Alexander Smith (Series 3–)
Editor(s) Mark Davies (Series 1)
Nick Ames (Series 1–2)
Tim Marchant (series 2–)
Nigel Cattle (Series 3–)
Running time 30 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) Roughcut TV
Release
Original channel Sky 1
Picture format 16:9 (1080i HDTV)
Original release 4 August 2011 (2011-08-04) – Present
External links
Official website

Trollied is a British sitcom about employees in a fictional supermarket named "Valco", which debuted on Sky 1 on 4 August 2011 at 9:00pm, and is the first sitcom made for Sky 1 since Time Gentlemen Please in 2002. The series was filmed in a purpose-built replica supermarket in the Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol throughout April and May 2011 for the first series with the second series being filmed in June and July 2012.[1][2]

At the conclusion of series 1, Sky 1 confirmed that the series had been recommissioned for two additional series of 13 episodes each, and a Christmas Special in 2012. The third series began airing from 22 August 2013 and ended on 7 November 2013. A second Christmas Special for 2013 aired on 24 December 2013.[3] On 20 March 2014 it was announced that Sky had commissioned a fourth series of Trollied which aired in October 2014.[4] The fourth series started filming in Bristol in June 2014 and began transmission on 3 November 2014 and concluded on 22 December 2014.[5] A fifth series was confirmed on 11 May 2015.[6]

Plot summary[edit]

The show takes place in the fictional supermarket of Valco in Warrington, where the hapless staff deal with the everyday problems of running a value supermarket in the north west of England. The show explores the relationships between the staff, customers and managers as romances and rivalries blossom on the shop floor, along with a realistic supermarket atmosphere that customers and store employees in reality can relate to. This includes customer stereotypes and rivalries with other store branches such as Valco in Wigan.

Characters[edit]

Character Portrayed by Position Duration Series
1 2 3 4
Julie Cook Jane Horrocks Deputy Store Manager 1.01–S.02
Andy Richmond Mark Addy Head Butcher 1.01–3.05
Gavin Strong Jason Watkins Store Manager 1.01–
Katie Chanel Cresswell Checkout Operator (1), Kiosk Assistant (2), Checkout Supervisor (3) 1.01–3.13
Kieran Nick Blood Butcher 1.01–3.13
Leighton Joel Fry Store Assistant 1.01–S.02
Colin Carl Rice Store Assistant 1.01–
Lisa Beverly Rudd Checkout Operator 1.01–
Margaret Rita May Deli counter assistant / Checkout operator (1–3), Pharmacy assistant 1.01–
Sue Lorraine Cheshire Customer Service Assistant 1.01–
Linda Faye McKeever Customer Service Assistant 1.01–
Lorraine Stephanie Beacham Store Manager 2.01–2.08
Sharon Jo Enright Head Baker 2.01–S.01
Ian Victor McGuire Security Guard 2.01–
Andrew Rory Nolan Checkout Operator 2.02–2.10
Neville Dominic Coleman Kiosk Assistant (2), Butcher 2.03–
Richard France Chris Geere Director of Strategy 3.01–3.13
Dave Danny Kirrane Fishmonger 3.01–S.02
Ray Adeel Akhtar Fishmonger 3.01–S.02
Anna Elizabeth Bower Checkout Operator 3.01–3.13
Harry Jack Carroll Checkout Operator 4.01–
Brian Stephen Tompkinson Pharmacist 4.01–
Rose Miriam Margolyes Checkout operator 4.01–
Daniel Samuel Anderson Assistant Store Manager 4.02–
Charlotte "Charlie" O'Connor Aisling Bea Store Assistant 4.02–
Brendan O’Connor Simon Delaney Valco Owner 4.02–

Reception[edit]

Following the debut of Trollied, Ian Richardson, manager of Morrisons supermarket in Thornbury, wrote an article in The Guardian newspaper, saying the show was the topic of the discussion in the staff canteen and that he felt the attention to detail on the set was excellent, making a realistic setting. In Mr Richardson’s article he commented that the show portrayed many similarities with his supermarket, but he could not relate to the use of bad language on the shop floor or poor customer service levels. He felt that it was a shame there was not more customer interaction.[7]

DVD releases[edit]

  • Series One was released as a 2 disc set on 17 October 2011.[8]
  • Series Two and The Christmas Special 2012 was released as a 2 disc set on 31 December 2012.[9]
  • Series Three and The Christmas Special 2013 was released as a 2 disc set on 30 December 2013.[10]
  • Series One, Two and Three was released as a 6 disc set on 6 October 2014.[11]
  • Series Four was released as a 2 disc set on 5 January 2015.[12]

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