TV Comedy 6 x 30 Min
Under Offer started life as a controversial online viral series: a mock-documentary revealing the sleazy underbelly of West London estate agents who deal in high-end, luxury property.
The only part of the economy that’s been virtually unaffected due to overseas buyers.
Launched straight-faced, with video clips exposing the ‘worst estate agents ever’, the public were outraged – as popular newspapers (including The Sun, Mail on Sunday, The Times and Metro) and their readerships gloated at the outrageous antics of Charlotte and James.
Even after the reveal (which admitted the campaign had been a subversive promotion for an established estate agent) some people refused to believe it was a setup, and still do!
The Under Offer comedy story gives rise to the new fictional London agency of Harris and Kavanagh, an upmarket residential multi branch agency situated in Chelsea where Charlotte is still the manager – all drive with the subtlety of the proverbial brick, her obsessive nature verges on paranoia, while James is still skiving on fake ‘viewings’ and trying to sleep with anything in a skirt. His laid back attitude to work irritates the controlling Charlotte who despairs of his irresponsible nature. The universe expands with new characters such as the lettings manager Lucy – the only member of staff who didn’t attend public school and a hard working single mum. Poppy, a career minded, ruthless young women who admires Charlotte but acknowledges there is only one way to go, up, over the bodies of the other agents. She treads nimbly over the carcass of our young trainee, Will, whose naivety and good nature continually leaves him exposed to James’s dodgy deals and the manipulations of his other colleagues.
The estate agency branch constantly reacts to H & K’s egomaniacal boss, T.C. Kavanagh, a charming tyrant forever falling over his own ambition to innovate. Explosive when he’s upset and beguiling in his perceived easy approach with staff, he eagerly steals other people’s good ideas as his own whilst scape-goating his more wayward ventures onto his nearest team members.
The staff are constantly driven by the weekly sales ‘stats’ and the encouraged perception of beating each other and their rivals at any cost. These not only include other companies but branches within their own establishment.
The comedy TV show will be presented in the slick style of edited reality, humorously exploiting documentary sensibilities. As the series progresses, so will the character’s familiarity with the camera – and the resultant fame of starring in ‘reality TV’.
In the rarified property bubble which is London, with a lack of available property and the estate agents who capture those sought after homes are King and the rewards many.
Will the firms flamboyant sales initiatives enable them prosper or will T.C‘s ever more outlandish ideas to gain new homes to sell drive them to destruction, allowing the top crown to reside firmly on their competitor’s, Connaught’s, heads.
The five series outline structure of the comedy lends itself to a comedy not studio comedy with locations in some of the most exotic, weird and luxury properties available in central London.
‘Harris & Kavanagh’ was created and written by
L.M Helliar & F. Tamburin