The Security Men

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The Security Men
Genre Comedy
Developed by Bryan Fuller
Written by Caroline Aherne
Jeff Pope
Directed by David Drury
Starring Dean Andrews
Bobby Ball
Ben-Ryan Davies
Denice Hope
Archie Kelly
Paddy McGuinness
Brendan O'Carroll
Peter Wight
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 1
Production
Producer(s) Saurabh Kakkar
Location(s) Salford Shopping Centre
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) ITV
Release
Original network ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format HDTV
Audio format Surround
Original release 12 April 2013 (2013-04-12)
Website www.itv.com/presscentre/ep1week15/security-men

The Security Men is a British television comedy pilot, written by BAFTA-award winning comedian Caroline Aherne and Jeff Pope, that first broadcast on ITV on 12 April 2013. The pilot, written as a precursor to a planned four-part series, follows a group of night security guards working at the fictional Whittington shopping centre in Greater Manchester, who create an elaborate scheme to hide a robbery that has taken place on their watch. The pilot, which was filmed in 2011, remained shelved whilst writing on a planned four-part series, which promised to "follow the characters home to meet their friends and families", was written. Although the series did not materialise, for reasons undisclosed, the pilot was finally broadcast in 2013 as part of ITV's new "primetime comedy" season.[1]

Produced by ITV Studios, the pilot starred Brendan O'Carroll, Bobby Ball, Dean Andrews and Peter Wight as "security men" Jimmy, Duckers, Ray and Kenneth. Archie Kelly and Paddy McGuinness also starred as police constables Clarke and Greaves.[2] The pilot received an advance broadcast in Northern Ireland, being shown on 5 April 2011 prior to the broadcast of a new documentary series on RTÉ following the lives of real life "security men". The pilot was critically panned, with The Telegraph stating that it was "unfunny" and "full of rancid sexism."[3]

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