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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Tovey: Job Lot is very truthful

Russell Tovey said The Job Lot had to be respectful

Russell Tovey has revealed the writers of his new show about a Jobcentre were "terrified" of making it patronising about the unemployed.

The Him And Her actor plays an unhappily employed Jobcentre worker in The Job Lot, which observes the daily lives of the centre's workers and their interactions with the jobseekers.

And he said the people penning the ITV sitcom worked hard to make it honest and respectful.

"The Job Lot is very truthful," he said. "I think it has some really nice takes on a jobseeker. They're not just going, 'Oh my life is rubbish', they're actually just getting on with it, whereas I think the employees of the Jobcentre in the show are going, 'Oh my life is rubbish' and we're in full employment. There's that kind of comparison.

"It had to be completely respectful. It's making more fun of the people who work there and the writers did so much research and were terrified, because it comes back to them if anyone watching found it patronising or rude to those struggling to find work or money."

The comedy series also stars Downton Abbey actress Sophie McShera, Emma Rigby, Sarah Hadland, Angela Curran, Martin Marquez and Adeel Akhtar.

Laughter might be on the menu for viewers, but getting into the role is a serious business for Russell.

"I don't take notes on characters, so getting into character is a mental thing," he said.

"Otherwise you might look into the mirror and see what you look like when you cry. What? Does no-one else do that? Whoops! Busted!"

:: The Job Lot starts on ITV on Monday, April 29.

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