Original sitcom loses its way by season three

'Trollied' season three is out now on DVD
'Trollied' season three is out now on DVD

If you’ve not yet encountered ‘Trollied’, an under-the-radar sitcom about a supermarket that airs on Sky One, then you could be forgiven.

And if you have, then you could be forgiven for thinking that it has somehow lost its way after just three seasons.

Gavin (Jason Watkins), manager of Valco, and deputy manager Julie (Jane Horrocks) are horrified when youthful and ambitious director of strategy, Richard France (Chris Geere), takes charge.

“Big is the new small,” he professes and it transpires that Richard will oversee the transformation of the Warrington branch into a Valco Better superstore.

The tug of war between Richard and Gavin creates friction, reflected on the butcher counter where Andy (Mark Addy) makes a bold decision about his future that could also impact colleague Kieran (Nick Blood).

Fishmonger Ray (Adeel Akhtar) has to contend with an exuberant newcomer Dave (Danny Kirrane) at his station, while shelf stacker Colin (Carl Rice) and checkout girl Lisa (Beverly Rudd) excitedly plan their wedding.

Conversely, kiosk assistant Neville (Dominic Coleman) is coming to terms with divorce and Julie must grit her teeth to induct Gavin’s new Spanish girlfriend, Anna (Elizabeth Bower).

Sadly, third time is not a charm for ‘Trollied’, which debuted in 2011.

These 13 episodes, plus the festive special which was broadcast on Christmas Eve, indicate a series on its last legs, not least with the mid-season departure of Addy, who was one of the show’s shining stars.

New additions to the Valco ranks are largely irritating and tend to distract from the emotional core - the relationship between Watkins and Horrocks, both gifted comedy actors who deserve far better than any of these scripts deliver.

‘Trollied’ - Complete Series 3 (Cert 15, 334 mins, Fremantle Media, DVD £24.99, Comedy/Drama)

Starring: Jane Horrocks, Jason Watkins, Chris Geere, Mark Addy, Nick Blood, Carl Rice, Beverly Rudd, Adeel Akhtar, Danny Kirrane, Dominic Coleman, Elizabeth Bower

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