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1[[quoteright:350:]] ''[=PhoneShop=]'' is a [[BritCom British sitcom]] first broadcast on Creator/Channel4 as part of the channel's 2009 Comedy Showcase season of comedy pilots. This was followed by a six-episode series on E4 that started on 7 October 2010. ²²The show is set in a mobile phone shop, filmed in Sutton, London and follows a graduate called Christopher (played by Tom Bennett) during a one-day trial and his subsequent employment. ''[=PhoneShop=]'' is created and written by Phil Bowker, comedy editor at the production company behind the show, [=TalkBack=] Thames. It was script edited by Ricky Gervais. The programme had been commissioned as a full series on digital channel E4 before the pilot was broadcast.²²----²!!Tropes present in this series include;²²* AmbulanceCut: After the "meet & greet" guy goes out to beat up the Sax Man. Combined with a GilliganCut, since [[FightUnscene it turns out]] the Sax Man won the fight.²* AxCrazy: Little Gary Patel²* BadJobWorseUniform: In one episode, Christopher has to don the mascot costume to drum up sales.²* BewareTheNiceOnes: Amanda ultimately turns out to be the ''both'' of the {{Psycho Ex Girlfriend}}s the guys had mentioned earlier in the episode - she just keeps changing her name.²* BewareTheQuietOnes: Janine spends most of her time as an ExtremeDoormat, but is quietly extremely ambitious, and pulls out the occasional LetsGetDangerous moment.²* BiggerIsBetterInBed: "Now we know why man's called 'Lance'..."²* BingeMontage: Showing the effects of KlatchianCoffee, with flashes of CaffeineBulletTime, and people drinking espresso like tequila slammers. ²* TheBlindLeadingTheBlind: Christopher pulls the classic sitcom asking-your-mates-for-dating-advice error, which goes predictably badly. Subverted when it turns out that by their own admission, that strategy doesn't work on girls from a particular "aspirational demographic"... and he didn't tell them she works in ''Waterstones.'' ²* BriefAccentImitation: Don doesn't like people imitating his Scottish accent, and Jez doesn't like people doing an Irish accent. The latter mostly because he's actually Welsh.²* CallBack: ²** "What did I tell you about running?"²** "A ''hour?''" "A ''hour.''"²* ChekhovsGun: The one-touch voice recorder on Christopher's phone.²* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: After a teenager tries and fails to rob the shop, Jerwayne strips him to his underwear and puts him in the cage in the back room. Apparently, Little Gary used to do this a lot.²* CountryMatters[=/=]CurseCutShort: Almost once an episode, someone gets called a "cunnnn-"²* CringeComedy: has its moments.²* DiscriminateAndSwitch: Janine isn't ineligible for Salesman of the Month because she's a woman. It's because she sells Pay As You Go.²** The company's come a long way since 2008.²* Facecam: Chris' coffee-fuelled FreakOut.²* FishOutOfWater²* HardWorkMontage: Super Sales Wednesday²* HypocriticalHumor: Chris makes a RousingSpeech entreating the other salespeople to stop using underhanded lies and confidence tricks to make sales... at the end of which, a little old lady comes along and congratulates him, saying he'll make a fine human rights lawyer once he finishes his exams.²* KlatchianCoffee²-->'''Jerwayne:''' "What we're working with is under-the-counter quad-shot ristretto. This shit here? [[BannedInChina Banned in Milan]]. It killed a ''priest''"²* TheNapoleon: "Little" Gary Patel, AxCrazy super-salesman.²* [[NewMeat New Man]]²* NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat - "Not being gay myself but simultaneously not having a problem with the lifestyle choices of others..."²* OnlySaneMan: Poor, poor Christopher.²* PointyHairedBoss: Lance²* ShownTheirWork: The way that Jerwayne and Ashley speak is accurate, up-to-date London street slang.²* ShrineToTheFallen: To Little Gary, who isn't dead - just in prison. ²* SitcomArchNemesis: Pretty much every character has one, mostly competitors whose business rivalry has been inflated in their heads into a blood feud. The shop as a whole has the Croydon Branch.²* StupidSexyFlanders: Lance's bike shorts certainly have an effect on Christopher.²* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: "Is this about the hoax call earlier? B-because there wasn't one and it wasn't me"²* TakeAThirdOption: When the staff need to buckle down and get things done, they get a ludicrous amount of extra-strong coffee. Christopher asks how they could afford it all, and Ashley explains about the loyalty cards in coffee shops, which get ink-stamped 8 times before you get a free coffee. Christopher assumes they just have a load of loyalty cards saved up, but Ashley explains the secret: they've got the stamp.²* VomitIndiscretionShot: When Janine gets drunk with Shelley.²* YouDidntAsk: Lance to his wife, on his... [[SensualSpandex revealing]] bike shorts.²----


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