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Sunday 21 December 2014

Tovey welcomes Office comparisons

Russell Tovey plays a Jobcentre worker in The Job Lot
Russell Tovey plays a Jobcentre worker in The Job Lot

Russell Tovey has admitted he would be thrilled if his new TV show is compared to The Office.

The Him And Her star plays an unhappily employed Jobcentre worker in new ITV sitcom The Job Lot and said he would welcome comparisons with Ricky Gervais' "iconic" series.

"It would be amazing if the show got compared to The Office," he said. "The Office is massively iconic but we're looking at that, referencing that kind of world and going forward with our own unique take on the office environment.

"The Jobcentre is a very different world to the office because you have the recurring characters of people seeking work."

Set in a busy West Midlands Jobcentre, the series observes the daily lives of the centre's workers and their interactions with the jobseekers.

While being unemployed doesn't scream "funny", Russell thinks there will be plenty of welcome light relief in the show.

"Everyone wants to laugh at the moment," said the actor. "TV is becoming the new film. People are watching it more, our weather's so rubbish that we're buying box-sets and staying in. Film stars are doing TV in the States and it's getting that way here."

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

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