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A BritCom in which Creator/MattBerry plays Steven Toast, a LargeHam middle aged actor who spends more time dealing with his bizarre life and problems off stage than performing on it. Toast constantly struggles to hold down a job due to his self-centeredness and obliviousness, which lead to frequent gaffes and mishaps that upset those around him. He sustains himself by starring in a universally-reviled play and doing humiliating dubbing work, but spends most of his time arguing with his agent Janet Plough ([[ItsPronouncedTropay pronounced "pluff"]]), chatting with his eccentric, permanently dressing gowned flatmate, and facing off against his arch enemy and rival actor Ray Purchase. He also hangs out at [[SmokyGentlemensClub The Colonial Club]] and wrestles with his complicated love life, which involves dealing with his ex-wife, sleeping with Mrs. Purchase, and frequently a GirlOfTheWeek.

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A BritCom in which written by [[Series/FatherTed Arthur Matthews]] and Creator/MattBerry in which the latter plays Steven Toast, a LargeHam middle aged actor who spends more time dealing with his bizarre life and problems off stage than performing on it. Toast constantly struggles to hold down a job due to his self-centeredness and obliviousness, which lead to frequent gaffes and mishaps that upset those around him. He sustains himself by starring in a universally-reviled play and doing humiliating dubbing work, but spends most of his time arguing with his agent Janet Plough ([[ItsPronouncedTropay pronounced "pluff"]]), chatting with his eccentric, permanently dressing gowned flatmate, and facing off against his arch enemy and rival actor Ray Purchase. He also hangs out at [[SmokyGentlemensClub The Colonial Club]] and wrestles with his complicated love life, which involves dealing with his ex-wife, sleeping with Mrs. Purchase, and frequently a GirlOfTheWeek.


A BritCom in which Creator/MattBerry plays Steven Toast, a LargeHam middle aged actor who spends more time dealing with his bizarre life and problems off stage than performing on it. Toast constantly struggles to hold down a job due to his self-centeredness and obliviousness, which lead to frequent gaffes and mishaps that upset those around him. While he sustains himself by starring in a universally-reviled play and doing humiliating dubbing work, but he spends most of his time arguing with his agent Janet Plough ([[ItsPronouncedTropay pronounced "pluff"]]), chatting with his eccentric, permanently dressing gowned flatmate, and facing off against his arch enemy and rival actor Ray Purchase. He also hangs out at [[SmokyGentlemensClub The Colonial Club]] and wrestles with his complicated love life, which involves dealing with his ex-wife, sleeping with Mrs. Purchase, and frequently a GirlOfTheWeek.

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A BritCom in which Creator/MattBerry plays Steven Toast, a LargeHam middle aged actor who spends more time dealing with his bizarre life and problems off stage than performing on it. Toast constantly struggles to hold down a job due to his self-centeredness and obliviousness, which lead to frequent gaffes and mishaps that upset those around him. While he He sustains himself by starring in a universally-reviled play and doing humiliating dubbing work, but he spends most of his time arguing with his agent Janet Plough ([[ItsPronouncedTropay pronounced "pluff"]]), chatting with his eccentric, permanently dressing gowned flatmate, and facing off against his arch enemy and rival actor Ray Purchase. He also hangs out at [[SmokyGentlemensClub The Colonial Club]] and wrestles with his complicated love life, which involves dealing with his ex-wife, sleeping with Mrs. Purchase, and frequently a GirlOfTheWeek.


A BritCom in which Creator/MattBerry plays Steven Toast, a LargeHam middle aged actor who spends more time dealing with his bizarre life and problems off stage than performing on it. Toast constantly struggles to hold down a job due to his self-centeredness and obliviousness, which lead to frequent gaffes and mishaps that upset those around him. While he sustains himself by starring in a universally-reviled play and doing humiliating dubbing work, but he spends most of his time arguing with his agent Janet Plough ([[ItsPronouncedTropay pronounced "pluff"]]), chatting with his eccentric, permanently dressing gowned flatmate, and facing off against his arch enemy and rival actor Ray Purchase. He also hangs out at [[SmokyGentlemensClub The Colonial Club]] and deals with his complicated love life, which involves dealing with his ex-wife, sleeping with Mrs. Purchase, and frequently a GirlOfTheWeek.

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A BritCom in which Creator/MattBerry plays Steven Toast, a LargeHam middle aged actor who spends more time dealing with his bizarre life and problems off stage than performing on it. Toast constantly struggles to hold down a job due to his self-centeredness and obliviousness, which lead to frequent gaffes and mishaps that upset those around him. While he sustains himself by starring in a universally-reviled play and doing humiliating dubbing work, but he spends most of his time arguing with his agent Janet Plough ([[ItsPronouncedTropay pronounced "pluff"]]), chatting with his eccentric, permanently dressing gowned flatmate, and facing off against his arch enemy and rival actor Ray Purchase. He also hangs out at [[SmokyGentlemensClub The Colonial Club]] and deals wrestles with his complicated love life, which involves dealing with his ex-wife, sleeping with Mrs. Purchase, and frequently a GirlOfTheWeek.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Janet Plough is very good agent and generally a serious, no-nonsense person. Except for the times when her LSD addiction, love of male strippers, and occasional bouts of paranoia kick in.


** In :Beauty Calls," an extra dressed as Baker's incarnation of [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]] can be seen in the background, drinking gin and smoking a fag.
** "In Match Fit," Toast takes part in a Prostitutes and Celebrities Blow Football Tournament for the charity organisation "The River Rats", based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Order_of_Water_Rats The Grand Order of Water Rats]].

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** In :Beauty "Beauty Calls," an extra dressed as Baker's incarnation of [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]] can be seen in the background, drinking gin and smoking a fag.
** "In Match In "Match Fit," Toast takes part in a Prostitutes and Celebrities Blow Football Tournament for the charity organisation "The River Rats", based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Order_of_Water_Rats The Grand Order of Water Rats]].



* HollywoodMidlifeCrisis: After seeming to be quite sane during his first two appearances, in ''Beauty Calls'', Creator/PeterDavison seems to be going through one of these. He's got himself a much younger girlfriend (who is very foul-mouthed), causing his wife to have thrown him out of their home. He is now living with Toast and Ed, and is now wearing vaguely ridiculous-looking clothing, getting drunk with his girlfriend, and throwing childish tantrums whenever he's asked to do chores round the flat.

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* HollywoodMidlifeCrisis: After seeming to be quite sane during his first two appearances, in ''Beauty Calls'', Creator/PeterDavison seems to be going through one of these. He's got himself a much younger girlfriend (who is very foul-mouthed), causing his wife to have thrown him out of their home. He is now starts living with Toast and Ed, and is now wearing vaguely ridiculous-looking clothing, getting drunk with his girlfriend, and throwing childish tantrums whenever he's asked to do chores round the flat.



** To a lesser extent, Clem Fandango as well. He seems to enjoy trolling Toast, and Toast can't stand him, though Toast doesn't try to humiliate Clem Fandango as much as he does Ray Purchse. He also slept with Toast's wife ''during Toast's wedding''.

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** To a lesser extent, Clem Fandango as well. He seems to enjoy trolling Toast, and Toast can't stand him, though Toast doesn't try to humiliate Clem Fandango as much as he does Ray Purchse. He Purchase. Clem also slept with Toast's wife ''during Toast's wedding''.



* {{Spoiler}}: While being interviews on the radio, Toast lets slip the identity of the killer in long-running play "The Moose Trap". Once everyone knows that [[spoiler: the chauffeur did it]], people stop coming to the play.

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* {{Spoiler}}: While being interviews interviewed on the radio, Toast lets slip the identity of the killer in long-running play "The Moose Trap". Once everyone knows that [[spoiler: the chauffeur did it]], people stop coming to the play.



* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Ray Purchase's wife is always called Mrs. Purchase. Even in the prostitute's cards she leaves in phone boxes.

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* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Ray Purchase's wife is always called Mrs. Purchase. Even in on the prostitute's cards she leaves in phone boxes.


* BuriedAlive: In one episode, Toast gets put in a coffin and buried underground as part of a movie he's shooting. Unfortunately the director goes insane and the crew scatters before he can be exhumed, leading to him spending all day trapped in the coffin slowly running out of air as he tries to call someone to rescue him on his new cell phone, to no avail.



* PunnyName: In 'Vanity Project', Alan Ford plays a cabbie named (only [[AllThereInTheManual in the credits]]) Mick Carriage. Put another way? Paddy Wagon. Also qualifies as a StealthPun and a MeaningfulName. Pretty much everyone in has a surname that's a slightly silly real word (Steven Toast, Ray Purchase, Janet Plough, Clem Fandango, etc etc.).

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* PunnyName: PunnyName:
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In 'Vanity Project', Alan Ford plays a cabbie named (only [[AllThereInTheManual in the credits]]) Mick Carriage. Put another way? Paddy Wagon. Also qualifies as a StealthPun and a MeaningfulName.
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Pretty much everyone in the show has a surname that's a slightly silly real word (Steven Toast, Ray Purchase, Janet Plough, Clem Fandango, etc etc.).



* RescueRomance: Toast spends most of an episode chasing after a comely female admiral, who won't put up with his nonsense. After he accidentally ends up stopping a crazed sailor from launching nuclear bombs from a submarine and helping rescue her from a kidnapper, she expresses interest him at the end.



* SetBehindTheScenes: Given that Toast is an actor, a good portion of the show involves him working on various acting jobs, notably the notorious play and various voice projects directed by Clem Fandango.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Ray bloody Purchase... although he is more genuinely dangerous than most examples, having tried to murder Toast several times.

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* SetBehindTheScenes: Given that Toast is an actor, a good portion of the show involves him working on various acting jobs, notably the notorious play and various voice projects directed by Clem Fandango.
* SitcomArchNemesis: SitcomArchNemesis:
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Ray bloody Purchase... although he is more genuinely dangerous than most examples, having tried to murder Toast several times.times.
** To a lesser extent, Clem Fandango as well. He seems to enjoy trolling Toast, and Toast can't stand him, though Toast doesn't try to humiliate Clem Fandango as much as he does Ray Purchse. He also slept with Toast's wife ''during Toast's wedding''.


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* SuperCellReception: Toast's cell phone works great while he's buried alive underground, which is lampshaded by other characters but justified by the giant, deluxe model.


* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: [[http://youtu.be/Je_pJ_-5HIM Listen]] to Toast pronounce "[[Music/BonJovi BonjovIIIII]]" or "[[Music/LadyGaga Madame GuGAAA]]".

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* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: [[http://youtu.AccentUponTheWrongSyllable:
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be/Je_pJ_-5HIM Listen]] to Toast pronounce "[[Music/BonJovi BonjovIIIII]]" or "[[Music/LadyGaga Madame GuGAAA]]".



* AsHimself: [[Series/MidsomerMurders John Nettles]], now down on his luck and resorting to poaching, then marching into people's houses to try and sell them the animals he's killed.

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* AsHimself: [[Series/MidsomerMurders AsHimself:
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John Nettles]], Nettles of ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' is now down on his luck and resorting to poaching, then marching into people's houses to try and sell them the animals he's killed.



* FictionalCounterpart: Toast's regular haunt The Colonial Club is based upon [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Colony_Room The Colony Room]], a famous drinking den for theatrical and artistic types such as Creator/PeterOToole, Creator/TomBaker and Francis Bacon.
*** In ''Beauty Calls'', an extra dressed as Baker's incarnation of [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]] can be seen in the background, drinking gin and smoking a fag.
** ''In Match Fit'', Toast takes part in a Prostitutes and Celebrities Blow Football Tournament for the charity organisation "The River Rats", based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Order_of_Water_Rats The Grand Order of Water Rats]].
** In ''The Moose Trap'', the titular play takes the place of Theatre/TheMousetrap.

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* FictionalCounterpart: FictionalCounterpart:
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Toast's regular haunt The Colonial Club is based upon [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Colony_Room The Colony Room]], a famous drinking den for theatrical and artistic types such as Creator/PeterOToole, Creator/TomBaker and Francis Bacon.
*** ** In ''Beauty Calls'', :Beauty Calls," an extra dressed as Baker's incarnation of [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]] can be seen in the background, drinking gin and smoking a fag.
** ''In "In Match Fit'', Fit," Toast takes part in a Prostitutes and Celebrities Blow Football Tournament for the charity organisation "The River Rats", based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Order_of_Water_Rats The Grand Order of Water Rats]].
** In ''The "The Moose Trap'', Trap," the titular play takes the place of Theatre/TheMousetrap.''Theatre/TheMousetrap''.



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Wendy Nook is initially unwilling to participate in the Prostitutes and Celebrities Blow Football Tournament, until she finds out that it's in aid of homeless ponies. She is incredibly moved that some ponies are homeless and agrees to take part.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: HookerWithAHeartOfGold:
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Wendy Nook is initially unwilling to participate in the Prostitutes and Celebrities Blow Football Tournament, until she finds out that it's in aid of homeless ponies. She is incredibly moved that some ponies are homeless and agrees to take part.



* IgnoreTheDisability: When Toast is introduced to Kikini Bamalam (see CelebrityResemblance) he is instructed to avoid ''any'' mention of Bruce Forsyth for fear of upsetting her. Sadly, he can't help himself and ends up spouting a load of Brucie's [[CatchPhrase catchphrases]] on an involuntary loop.

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* IgnoreTheDisability: IgnoreTheDisability:
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When Toast is introduced to Kikini Bamalam (see CelebrityResemblance) he is instructed to avoid ''any'' mention of Bruce Forsyth for fear of upsetting her. Sadly, he can't help himself and ends up spouting a load of Brucie's [[CatchPhrase catchphrases]] on an involuntary loop.


** In the first series, various actors of influence being ruined by Operation Yewtree, usually with the refrain that "the 70's were a different time".
** "Yes I can hear you, Clem Fandango."

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** In Whenever the first series, various actors of influence being ruined by Operation Yewtree, usually with the refrain that "the 70's were vocal director wants to chime in during a different time".
** "Yes
recording, he will say, "Hello Steven, this is Clem Fandango. Can you hear me?" to which Toast will always snap, "Yes, I can hear you, [[FullNameBasis Clem Fandango."Fandango]]!"



* SkunkStripe: Toast has one of these. He got it by falling out of a tree.
** As does Wendy Nook. Who also got it by falling out of a tree.

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* SkunkStripe: Toast has one of these. He got it by falling out of a tree.
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tree. As does Wendy Nook. Who also got it by falling out of a tree.



A BritCom in which Creator/MattBerry plays Steven Toast, a LargeHam middle aged actor who spends more time dealing with his bizarre life and problems off stage than performing on it. It is broadcast by {{Creator/Channel4}}.

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\n-> "Hi Steven, this is Clem Fandango, can you hear me?"\\
"Yes I can hear you, Clem Fandango."
--> --[[OnceAnEpisode Every Episode]]
A BritCom in which Creator/MattBerry plays Steven Toast, a LargeHam middle aged actor who spends more time dealing with his bizarre life and problems off stage than performing on it. Toast constantly struggles to hold down a job due to his self-centeredness and obliviousness, which lead to frequent gaffes and mishaps that upset those around him. While he sustains himself by starring in a universally-reviled play and doing humiliating dubbing work, but he spends most of his time arguing with his agent Janet Plough ([[ItsPronouncedTropay pronounced "pluff"]]), chatting with his eccentric, permanently dressing gowned flatmate, and facing off against his arch enemy and rival actor Ray Purchase. He also hangs out at [[SmokyGentlemensClub The Colonial Club]] and deals with his complicated love life, which involves dealing with his ex-wife, sleeping with Mrs. Purchase, and frequently a GirlOfTheWeek.

It is broadcast by {{Creator/Channel4}}.



* PunnyName: In 'Vanity Project', Alan Ford plays a cabbie named (only [[AllThereInTheManual in the credits]]) Mick Carriage. Put another way? Paddy Wagon. Also qualifies as a StealthPun and a MeaningfulName.

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* PunnyName: In 'Vanity Project', Alan Ford plays a cabbie named (only [[AllThereInTheManual in the credits]]) Mick Carriage. Put another way? Paddy Wagon. Also qualifies as a StealthPun and a MeaningfulName. Pretty much everyone in has a surname that's a slightly silly real word (Steven Toast, Ray Purchase, Janet Plough, Clem Fandango, etc etc.).


* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Protagonist Toast isn't a particularly pleasant man. He's generally angry, rude, selfish, impatient, bitter, and doesn't really respect anyone. Although this is mitigated by the [[ButtMonkey sheer amount of crap he puts up with]] and the fact that there are [[BlackAndGrayMorality far worse people around him]], like Ray Purchase.

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* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Protagonist Toast isn't a particularly pleasant man. He's generally angry, rude, selfish, impatient, bitter, and doesn't really respect anyone. Although this is mitigated by the [[ButtMonkey sheer amount of crap he puts up with]] and the fact that there are [[BlackAndGrayMorality far worse people around him]], like Ray Purchase.

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* RealPersonFic: Toast's novel is essentially erotic fanfiction featuring the [[invoked]] CrackPairing of UsefulNotes/HenryVIII and a real life contemporary journalist.


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* SetBehindTheScenes: Given that Toast is an actor, a good portion of the show involves him working on various acting jobs, notably the notorious play and various voice projects directed by Clem Fandango.

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* ObfuscatingDisability: [[spoiler: Aunt Deepa turns out not to be blind and deaf at all, and really could see all of Toast's sex sessions.]] She used to be, but was [[ThrowingOffTheDisability cured miraculously]] and concealed this so she could keep getting disability benefits.

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* OneSteveLimit: Lampshaded. Clem Fandango briefly goes by the name "Clem H. Fandango" to avoid confusion with a *different* Clem Fandango. Toast is unimpressed.


* {{Jerkass}}: Toast isn't a particularly pleasant man. He's generally angry, rude, selfish, impatient, bitter, and doesn't really respect anyone. Although this is mitigated by the [[ButtMonkey sheer amount of crap he puts up with]] and the fact that there are [[BlackAndGrayMorality far worse people around him]], like Ray Purchase.


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* SoundEffectBleep: A RunningGag in the first episode is the name of Toast's play getting drowned out by a background noise whenever anyone says it, often in an unrealistically loud or improbably timed fashion.


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* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Protagonist Toast isn't a particularly pleasant man. He's generally angry, rude, selfish, impatient, bitter, and doesn't really respect anyone. Although this is mitigated by the [[ButtMonkey sheer amount of crap he puts up with]] and the fact that there are [[BlackAndGrayMorality far worse people around him]], like Ray Purchase.


* BiTheWay: Mrs. Purchase isn't adverse to bringing in a woman for a three-piece.

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