Toast of London

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Toast of London
Toast of London title card.png
Created by
Directed by Michael Cumming
Starring
Opening theme "Take My Hand"
by Matt Berry
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 19 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Kate Daughton
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) Objective Media Group
Distributor All3Media
Release
Original network Channel 4
First shown in 20 August 2012 (2012-08-20)
Original release 20 October 2013 (2013-10-20) – 2015
External links
Website

Toast of London is a British comedy television series created by Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry and starring Berry as Steven Toast, an eccentric, middle-aged actor with a chequered past who spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on it. Three seasons were broadcast on Channel 4, all directed by Michael Cumming. Series 2 and 3 were shot at West London Film Studios.

In November 2017, after reports of a fourth series, Berry clarified that 'Toast will return in some form at some point', but nothing was currently being written.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Matt Berry as Steven Gonville Toast, the central character of the series. A bumbling, self-important actor, an unsuccessful ladies' man and often the bearer of bad fortune. However, Toast considers himself a success despite his obviously failing career.
    • Berry also portrays a younger version of Steven's father, Colonel Gonville Toast, in the series 3 episode "Beauty Calls".
  • Doon Mackichan as Jane Plough (which she pronounces "pluff" /plʌf/), Toast's unhelpful agent. Prim and posh, she sees herself as superior to Toast, despite her failure to provide him with decent work. She was played by Fiona Mollison in the pilot.
  • Robert Bathurst as Ed Howzer-Black, Toast's landlord and an idle retired actor.
    • Bathurst also portrays Ed's father, Rupert Howzer-Black, in the series 3 episode "Beauty Calls".
  • Harry Peacock as Ray Purchase, Toast's fellow actor and rival, and a virulent homophobe. The two hate each other with a vengeance and are constantly in competition. While Purchase often seems to have the upper hand, Toast is still sometimes able to come out on top.
    • Peacock also portrays Ray's albino twin brother, Bill Purchase, in the series 3 episode "Man of Sex".
  • Tim Downie as Danny Bear, a sound recordist and stereotypical hipster who regularly hires Toast for voiceover work in a London studio.
  • Shazad Latif as Clem Fandango, another hipster who is doing work experience in the recording studio. Clem routinely says to Toast "Hello Steven, this is Clem Fandango, can you hear me?" to which Toast is forced to reply with some variation of "Yes, I can hear you Clem Fandango."
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Mrs. Purchase, the wife of Ray Purchase and a prostitute who is having an affair with Toast. Despite being a prostitute, the only person she ever charges for sex is her husband.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Adrian Lukis as Colonel Blair Toast, Steven's eccentric older brother. An army veteran, he lost his hand in the Falklands War and now uses a stuffed rubber glove as a replacement.
  • Amanda Donohoe as Ellen, Toast's abusive and volatile ex-wife. Despite her poor treatment of him, Toast continues to have feelings for her.
  • Alan Ford as Alan, who is both a hypnotist and a homeopath. Ford also appeared as a taxi driver called "Mick Carriage"
  • Peter Davison plays a fictional version of himself in several episodes.
  • Morgana Robinson has made one appearance in each of the three series, each time as a different character. She portrayed Jemima Gina in "Addictive Personality", Lorna Wynde in "Fool in Love", and Emma in "Beauty Calls".
  • Geoffrey McGivern appeared as three separate one-off characters, all of whom were temperamental directors working with Toast. He portrayed Cliff Promise in "The Unspeakable Play", Acker Herron in "Afternoon Tea", and Norris Flipjack in "Desperate Measures".

Episodes[edit]

Pilot episode (2012)[edit]

Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date
Pilot "The Unspeakable Play" Michael Cumming Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry 20 August 2012 (2012-08-20)
Guest starring: Geoffrey McGivern, Fiona Mollison

Series 1 (2013)[edit]

Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Addictive Personality" Michael Cumming Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry 20 October 2013 (2013-10-20)
Toast is informed that he will be the recipient of an acting award. Meanwhile, the daughter of the Nigerian Ambassador has been the victim of some unscrupulous plastic surgery, so Ed invites her to stay at the flat to recuperate. Guest starring: Emma Fryer, Morgana Robinson
2 "Afternoon Tea" Michael Cumming Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry 27 October 2013 (2013-10-27)
Toast is cast in a new play, and the director has a dark and dangerous past. Guest starring: Geoffrey McGivern, Emily Bruni
3 "Vanity Project" Michael Cumming Arthur Mathews 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. Guest starring: Alan Ford, John Guerrasio, Stanley Townsend, Alison Pargeter, Daisy Ridley
4 "Submission" Michael Cumming Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry 10 November 2013 (2013-11-10)
After helping the Royal Navy on a recent project, Toast is invited to the launch of their new nuclear submarine, the "Penetrator". Guest starring: Lisa Jackson, Rachel Shelley
5 "The End" Michael Cumming Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry 17 November 2013 (2013-11-17)
Toast is tired of doing crummy voiceovers and appearing every night in his bad play. With the help of a new agent, Brooke Hooberman, he tries his hand at a new career: an author of erotic literature. Guest starring: Carol Cleveland, Sally Dexter
6 "Bonus Ball" Michael Cumming Matt Berry and Arthur Mathews 24 November 2013 (2013-11-24)
After losing £20,000 to Andrew Lloyd Webber in a celebrity poker game, Toast finds himself hunted by musical superstar and part-time theatre-land enforcer Michael Ball

Series 2 (2014)[edit]

Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Match Fit" Michael Cumming Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry 3 November 2014 (2014-11-03)
Toast accepts Ed's invitation to the Celebrities and Prostitutes Blow Football Tournament and becomes obsessed with winning. Guest starring: Trevor Laird, Louise Jameson
2 "Desperate Measures" Michael Cumming Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry 10 November 2014 (2014-11-10)
After Ray Purchase snitches on him to the 'Tax People', Toast receives a massive tax bill, and is forced to take on some unappealing jobs to pay off the debt. Guest starring: Paul Darrow, Trevor Laird, John Nettles, Geoffrey McGivern
3 "The Moosetrap" Michael Cumming Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry 17 November 2014 (2014-11-17)
A return to the West End stage in the legendary 'whodunnit' play The Moose Trap is seriously jeopardised when Toast reveals the killer's identity in a radio interview. Guest starring: Peter Davison, Terry Mynott
4 "High Winds Actor" Michael Cumming Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry 24 November 2014 (2014-11-24)
After the tragic death of his friend Axel Jacklin, Britain's finest exponent of acting in high winds, Toast finds himself in demand for dramatic roles. Guest starring: Terry Mynott, Stephen Boxer, Peter Davison
5 "Buried Alive!" Michael Cumming Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry 1 December 2014 (2014-12-01)
Toast is very excited to land a major role in a big movie, but when his co-star, Max Gland, has an accident on set, it has terrifying consequences for Toast's role. Guest starring: Matthew Holness
6 "Fool in Love" Michael Cumming Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry 8 December 2014 (2014-12-08)
An old heartbreaker flame of Toast's, Lorna Wynde, turns up in London, but is she still in love with him, or is she trying to make her husband, Josh Homme, jealous? Guest starring: Morgana Robinson, Josh Homme, Alan Ford, Steve Pemberton (as Francis Bacon)

Series 3 (2015)[edit]

Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Over the Moon" Michael Cumming Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry 18 November 2015 (2015-11-18)
A tipsy Toast appears on Lorraine chat show and tells a story from his past that could bring down the U.S. government. Later, he suffers stage fright ahead of his starring role in Macbeth. Guest starring: Alan Ford, Charlotte Cornwell, Lorraine Kelly
2 "Beauty Calls" Michael Cumming Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry 25 November 2015 (2015-11-25)
Ed is dating former beauty queen Penvelope - and Toast hooks up with her friend Clancy Moped. However, their romances are jeopardized when the guys are invited to judge a beauty contest. Guest starring: Paul Whitehouse, Vic Reeves, Morgana Robinson, Peter Davison
3 "Hamm on Toast" Michael Cumming Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry 2 December 2015 (2015-12-02)
Toast experiences the charisma of Mad Men star Jon Hamm. Toast's father dies. Guest starring: Jon Hamm, Brian Blessed
4 "Bob a Job" Michael Cumming Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry 9 December 2015 (2015-12-09)
Toast and Purchase perform the "sand dance" at Royal Variety Performance, hosted by Bob Monkhouse. Toast pulls a trap door, killing Monkhouse. Danny has sex reassignment surgery. Guest starring: Bob Mortimer, Pat Shortt
5 "Man of Sex" Michael Cumming Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry 16 December 2015 (2015-12-16)
When appearing in a play called "Man of Sex", Toast's co star is taken to rehab. Replacing him is the albino twin brother of Ray Purchase, Bill Purchase. Toast collapses whilst performing on stage, and is taken to hospital. Guest starring: Timothy West, Sinead Matthews
6 "Global Warming" Michael Cumming Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry 23 December 2015 (2015-12-23)
Toast is set to appear in a production of Twelfth Night at the Globe Theatre. He thinks that he will gain recognition by acting there, but is ridiculed because he will be in a cast consisting mostly of dogs. He burns down the theatre with a pipe before the performance is due to take place. Guest starring: Steve Furst, Sebastian Armesto; Celebrity cameos: Lindsay Duncan, Martin Freeman, Sheila Hancock, Jude Law, Sam Mendes, Tim Pigott-Smith, John Simm

Book[edit]

In 2015, Matt Berry and Arthur Mathews published Toast on Toast: Cautionary tales and candid advice, a spoof autobiography of Steven Toast. It was also released as an audio book read by Matt Berry.

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