White Gold (TV series)

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White Gold
White Gold - Title Card Screenshot.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created byDamon Beesley
Written byChris Neil[1]
Damon Beesley
Joe Thomas
Directed byDamon Beesley
StarringEd Westwick
James Buckley
Joe Thomas
Rachel Shenton
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series2
No. of episodes12
Production
Producer(s)Phil Gilbert
Editor(s)William Webb
Production company(s)Fudge Park Productions[2][3]
Release
Original networkBBC Two
Original release28 May 2017 (2017-05-28) –
present (present)
External links
Website

White Gold is a British television sitcom, featuring a group of UPVC window salesmen in mid-1980s Corringham, Essex. It stars Ed Westwick as Vincent, the head of a double-glazed windows sales team, with former Inbetweeners cast members Joe Thomas and James Buckley.[4][5][6] BBC Two announced that series two of the show would air on 6 March 2019.[7] Series 1 was released internationally by Netflix on 11 August 2017.[8] Series 2 was released internationally by Netflix on 17 May 2019.[9]

Production[edit]

Production of series 2 was suspended until further notice in November 2017 following allegations of sexual assault against Ed Westwick.[10] Filming recommenced in November 2018.[11]

Inbetweeners writer Damon Beesley acted as showrunner and executive producer writing four out of the six episodes of the first series and five out of the six of the following. Joe Thomas wrote two episodes while Chris Neil wrote one himself.

Characters[edit]

  • Ed Westwick as Vincent Swan, the head salesman at Cachet Windows (Series 1-)
  • James Buckley as Brian Fitzpatrick, a junior salesman (Series 1-)
  • Joe Thomas as Martin Lavender, a junior salesman (Series 1-)
  • Nigel Lindsay as Tony Walsh, the owner of Cachet Windows (Series 1-)
  • Linzey Cocker as Sam Swan, Vincent's wife (Series 1-)
  • Lauren O'Rourke as Carol, the secretary at Cachet Windows (Series 1-)
  • Lee Ross as Ronnie Farrell, a gangster who pretends to be an antiquities dealer (Series 1-)
  • Rachel Shenton as Jo Scott, a motivational spokeswoman turned head saleswoman for W-Windows (Series 2-)

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1628 May 2017 (2017-05-28)28 June 2017 (2017-06-28)
266 March 2019 (2019-03-06)10 April 2019 (2019-04-10)

Series 1 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions)
11"Salesmen Are Like Vampires"Damon BeesleyDamon Beesley28 May 2017 (2017-05-28)1.94
Vincent Swan, a successful double-glazing salesman, tries to convince an old colleague to join the double-glazing business. His team at Cachet Windows in Corringham include Brian Fitzpatrick, a smarmy reprobate who can charm the life savings out of anyone, and Martin Lavender, a failed musician whose politeness and moral backbone have a habit of getting in the way of a sale. The two take a bet on whether Fitzpatrick can 'sell ice to the Eskimos'.
22"Sexy Rollercoaster"Damon BeesleyDamon Beesley & Joe Thomas4 June 2017 (2017-06-04)1.36
When Vincent, Fitzpatrick and Lavender meet a group of men from a local publishing company, alpha male hackles are raised - not only do these men get an expense account, but they each have a company car. When Cachet boss Tony Walsh rejects Vincent's request to match these perks, Vincent starts to think that maybe he is in the wrong business. Meanwhile, in a bid to save face, Fitzpatrick puts faith in his comprehensive knowledge of Cachet's home turf - with potentially dangerous consequences. In the showroom, receptionist Carol tries to get to grips with the new office computer.
33"Close Encounters"Damon BeesleyDamon Beesley11 June 2017 (2017-06-11)N/A
When Vincent receives a visit from a tax inspector pursuing him for unpaid tax, he decides that now would be a good time to get out of the showroom and spend more time with the family. A trip to Southend does not go as planned, but he still wins brownie points from the wife and kids. Fitzpatrick and Lavender clash over the ethics of Page 3 when an opportunity to photograph Brendan the fitter's daughter for a competition in The Sun arises. Meanwhile, Vincent's side-business - pirating copies of E.T. on VHS in the backroom of the showroom - is still rolling out in his absence.
44"The Widow Maker"Damon BeesleyDamon Beesley14 June 2017 (2017-06-14)N/A
When Vincent and Lavender discover that Fitzpatrick is a CB radio enthusiast, they go undercover to dupe him. However, when the prank goes spectacularly wrong, it reveals a side to Fitzpatrick that his Cachet colleagues have never seen before. Meanwhile, Vincent receives some unexpected but exciting news - he has been nominated for entrepreneur of the year in the Essex Business Awards. Vincent immediately splashes out on a table for the company, so that the team can see him take the prize that is surely his. Before that, though, he must face his wife, Sam, who has discovered that her her husband is having an affair with their son's primary school teacher.
55"Smell the Weakness"Damon BeesleyDamon Beesley & Chris Niel21 June 2017 (2017-06-21)0.88
Vincent's life has taken a turn for the worse - kicked out of the family home, in debt to the Inland Revenue by £50,000, and worst of all, he has lost his sales mojo. Splitting his time between a prostitute's flat and the Cachet sofa, Vincent is gently sliding into the abyss - but absolution appears in the most dangerous of forms. Lavender, having his own career crisis, is drawn back into the world of rock and roll, and invites Sam along to a gig. Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick has a new career selling diet pills - at least, that is what the label on the bottle says.
66"The Secret of Sales"Damon BeesleyDamon Beesley28 June 2017 (2017-06-28)N/A
In a bid to regain everything that he has lost - his marriage, his livelihood, his self-worth - Vincent concocts a spectacular plot to return to success. With local gangster Ronnie Farrell on side, he has Walshy's business in his sights. Before that, though, he has to pay off his massive tax bill - getting the cash is one thing, but delivering it to the Inland Revenue turns out to be much more complicated. When Carol makes a simple mistake, Fitzpatrick and Lavender must help save the day. What follows is a break-neck race against time as Vincent desperately scrambles to get back on top.

Series 2 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected by [12]Written by [12]Original air date [13]UK viewers
(millions)
71"The Past Does Not Equal the Future"Damon BeesleyDamon Beesley6 March 2019 (2019-03-06)[7]N/A

It is 1985: 8 months have passed since Vincent teamed up with Ronnie to get Walshy to sell Cachet Windows to them for a pound. Vincent's mounting problems are added to by a local competitor, Walshy's new company, W-Windows, taking a lot of Cachet's business. Their head of sales, Jo Scott, is attractive and ruthless.

Fitzpatrick's wife Maureen has left him for a woman; he is now living in the shed. He and Carol go on a date to a restaurant. Their conversation does not go well, but she decides that they should have sex to test their sexual compatibility. She finds it completely unsatisfying and rejects his suggestion to have sex together again.
82"Take One for the Team"Damon BeesleyJoe Thomas13 March 2019 (2019-03-13)N/A
Vincent is forced by Ronnie to employ his inexperienced, dimwitted, arrogant, obnoxious, selfish son Ronnie Junior. He is a liability - playing Stratego when he should be working and saying inappropriate things to potential customers - further complicating Vincent's efforts to keep the business afloat. Vincent convinces Lavender to seduce his sales rival Jo who works for W-Windows, as a way to gain information on her successful business tactics - but she does not give away any relevant information. The problems continue at Cachet, however, when the team’s plot to use local teenage Page 3 model Donna Donnelly as advertising bait fails when RJ has the flyers printed wrongly and Walshy uses their idea to use Donna to promote W-Windows. RJ brings Steve Davis to the showroom, but that brings little interest because Davis is boring.
93"The Essex Illuminati"Damon BeesleyChris Niel20 March 2019 (2019-03-20)N/A

Vincent, Lavender and Fitzpatrick infiltrate the local Masons and use the opportunity to drum up new business. The trio are expelled for bringing strippers to the lodge.

Some customers are angry with the fact that the conservatories which Cachet fitted are leaking badly. One disgruntled customer handcuffs herself to the showroom's front door.

Lavender and Jo continue their unlikely relationship, though he insists they go on a restaurant date when he senses Jo is only interested in hearing about Cachet’s new business leads and being sex buddies. Vincent and Sam go on a date at the same restaurant, and Jo invites them to join them in a double date. Jo suspects Sam to be the married woman whom Lavender said he had an affair with. Lavender tells Vincent that he is not going to see Jo any more.

Ronnie hires Jo to co-showroom manage alongside Vincent, who is annoyed at having to share the position with her.
104"Small Victories"Damon BeesleyDamon Beesley27 March 2019 (2019-03-27)N/A
Jo now co-manages Cachet Windows and tells Lavender and Fitzpatrick that until they recover windows or their value from an Irish Traveller who stole them using an implausible scam, she will recover their cost by taking it out of their commission. Fitzpatrick quits and is employed by Walshy for £20,000 basic salary, 7% commission and a company car. Fitzpatrick hires RJ, without authorisation for Walshy. RJ phones W Windows from a phonebox next to a caravan site, saying that he has made a £50,000 deal. Sam attends a trade conference and is subject to frequent sexist jokes from one of the company’s top clients, which she replies to by joking about his 15-year-old daughter. Sam's boss Andrew tries to persuade her to leave Vincent for him. She refuses, so he tells her that he has to reduce his staff and that he can no longer employ her. Jo tells Vincent about Lavender's affair with Sam. Jo and Vincent have sex, then she threatens to tell Sam about it if she does not let her be the boss. Unable to find a solution after Jo gains the upper hand, Vincent goes to Ronnie who has a job for him - take £250,000 of his undeclared cash to Malta. Vincent suggests to Sam that they go on holiday to Malta together.
115"Capturing the Flag"Damon BeesleyDamon Beesley3 April 2019 (2019-04-03)N/A
Vincent takes Sam, their daughter Nat and their son Robbie to Malta for a few days, unaware that he is carrying £250,000 cash. Vincent hands the cash to Ronnie's associate Roland, who takes Vincent and Sam onto his yacht, where Roland and his business partner Alan offer Vincent a job selling timeshares in Marbella. Vincent is keen to take the job, and Sam wants to move with him, but Vincent is concerned that Ronnie will not let him. Lavender tells Jo that he is taking a few days off, which she objects to. Jo gives Carol a trial as a saleswoman; Carol is successful at selling to people in their homes. However, she cannot sleep due to guilt over lying to customers, so she returns to her position as secretary. Lavender flies from Southend Airport to Malta and surprises Sam, which she is annoyed about; his feet are later severely sunburnt. Jo phones Vincent to tells him that he has to decide whether to accept her as his boss or she will tell Sam that they had sex recently. Vincent and Jo have phone sex. Vincent sees Sam talking to Lavender and confronts them. In front of Vincent, Lavender asks Sam to leave Vincent for him. Sam finds out from Vincent that he was informed by Jo of Sam's affair with Lavender. Sam rejects Lavender and he goes home. At work, RJ is concerned that Ronnie appears to have gone missing. Vincent receives a call from Roland to tell him that Ronnie has been dealt with.
126"Winning Isn't Everything"Damon BeesleyDamon Beesley10 April 2019 (2019-04-10)N/A

Fitzpatrick walks in on Maureen and RJ having sex in her bed. Both men hate the dog, Nigel, so RJ drugs Nigel using Valium and the pair abandon Nigel in the woods. Carol tells Fitzpatrick that they should have sex again.

Lavender is taken to Basildon Hospital after suffering scalding caused by a potential customer's dog knocking a hot drink onto his sunburnt feet. Sam visits him there and kisses him. They tell each other that they want to become a couple. He later receives a letter from her, rejecting him.

The staff at Cachet think it likely that Ronnie is dead. Sam does not want to move to Spain because Robbie has failed his eleven-plus. Vincent asks Jo to move to Spain with him instead; she agrees and they resign together. Walshy buys Cachet from Ronnie's wife Lizzie and RJ. Ronnie walks into Cachet; he had been given a week-long party in Marbella in order to allow Vincent to leave Cachet and take the timeshare job. Sam deliberately drives her Volkswagen Golf through the conservatory of Patricia, a neighbour whom she hates and who hates her. Vincent brings Natalie and Robbie to pick up Sam in his Mercedes and drives them to Southend Airport. He tells Jo that he is leaving with Sam and the kids, which she is angry with him about.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "White Gold', Series 1: 5. Smell the Weakness @ 28.39". BBC iPlayer. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  2. ^ "BBC - BBC Comedy and Fudge Park announce White Gold - Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (15 February 2017). "Fudge Park Revs Up TV Slate With BBC Comedy 'Ill Behaviour' From 'Peep Show' Scribe Sam Bain". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ Taylor, Frances. "Beesley has gone solo, without writing partner Iain Morris. He has, however, teamed up with half of his Inbetweeners actors in Joe Thomas and James Buckley for the first TV show he's created since". radiotimes.co.uk. Radio Times. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ Dyke, Peter; Gleave, Ed (16 May 2017). "Inbetweeners pair star in new BBC Two sitcom White Gold". dailystar.co.uk. Daily Star. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  6. ^ Frost, Caroline (22 May 2017). "'White Gold' Star Joe Thomas Explains Why There Won't Be Any More Of 'The InBetweeners'". huffingtonpost.co.uk. Huffington Post UK. Retrieved 1 January 2018. However, there is a reunion of sorts already on the cards, because Damon has penned, singlehandedly, a comedy drama called ‘White Gold’ that begins tomorrow on BBC Two, and didn’t look further than Joe and James Buckley as two aspiring double glazing salesmen, along with former ‘Gossip Girl’ star Ed Westwick
  7. ^ a b Wright, Minnie (8 June 2017). "White Gold season 2 CONFIRMED as BBC renew comedy with a HUGE twist". Daily Express. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  8. ^ Epstein, Zach (27 July 2017). "Netflix has 20 new original shows and movies coming in August – here's the full list". Boy Genius Report. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  9. ^ Tyeson, Cam (24 April 2019). "Netflix Has Dropped Its May Releases & Zac Efron's Ted Bundy Is Coming". By Cam Tyeson. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
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  11. ^ "Ed Westwick returns to filming on White Gold". BBC News. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
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