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A British sitcom starring comedian Kayvan Novak as the fun-loving, slightly insane Woodrow “Woody” Fairbanks Junior, an undercover journalist and private investigator exiled to a Spanish island after running afoul of a corrupt editor. Desperate, he throws himself on the mercy of his old mentor Brutus, played by Bradley Walsh. Brutus realizes that he make money by allowing Woody to investigate for fellow inhabitants on the island. He is occasionally aided in his sleuthing by Zorro (Jamie Demetriou), a barman working for Brutus, Lorenza (Diana Payan), another of Brutus’ employees and Melody (Emma Pierson), a fellow grifter recently married to the local villain Donald Hammer (Alan Williams).


This show contains examples of:

  • Ambiguously Brown: Woody uses his vague ethnicity to pretend to be people from all over the world (Kayvan Novak is of mixed British and Iranian decent).
  • Atrocious Alias: Many of Woody’s aliases (i.e Doctor Shwami Wami and Hans Free-dialling/A-Piz-arête) along with some of Melody’s (i.e Nicola Tickla).
  • The Bartender: Zorro.
  • Berserk Button: Zorro can take a lot of punishment, but insulting his country is crossing the line.
  • Big Bad: Señor Big.
  • Big Eater: Brutus.
  • Bloodless Carnage: In the first episode, Woody gets viciously mauled by a large bird of prey and manages to survive with little more than a torn shirt.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer:
    Brutus: As well as being the most annoying person you will ever meet, he is the best investigator I have ever worked with. Much as I hate to say it, Woody is your man.
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  • Butt-Monkey: Zorro.
  • Catchphrase:
    Woody: I love this place.
    Woody: If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s…(insert bizarre task here)…that's if there's one thing I'm good at; and trust me, if there is, it's…(insert bizarre task here).
    Brutus: Yum! Yum!
    Donald: MELODY!
  • The Chessmaster: Maria.
  • Cliffhanger: The first season ends with Woody being chased along the beach by the authorities.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Woody clearly lives in his own little world where nothing can be taken seriously and anything can happen as long as he talks about it enough and covers all the bases.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Zorro to Elton Juan and Señor Big in Episode 5
  • Confusion Fu: Woody is an expert at bewildering people and ultimately defeats Señor Big by infuriating him into a having a heart attack.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Woody’s former employer.
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  • Department of Redundancy Department: Woody could be the chairman. Just one of his many examples:
    Woody: Trust me, if there's one thing I'm good at, it's finding parrots; that's if there's one thing I'm good at; and trust me, if there is, it's finding parrots.
  • Disguised in Drag: Woody in Episode 4.
  • The Ditz: Brutus is ‘very’ easy to outsmart.
    • Second Zorro is barely conscious as she sleepwalks her way through her shift. It’s no wonder she is repeatedly getting fired.
  • The Don: Donald and Señor Big. This also applies to Jimmy the Ferret and The Gamberos Brothers.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": "Zorro" is actually a catch-all name Brutus gives to his bartenders because he can't be bothered to remember their real ones.
  • Faking the Dead: Brutus’ way of escaping from his ex-wife…twice.
  • Fantasy Sequence: Woody slips into this in Episode 4 while attempting to understand gambling rules.
  • Femme Fatale: Melody.
  • Fingertip Drug Analysis: How Brutus tests a packet of white powder Woody gave him. Except instead of a finger, Brutus sticks his entire tongue in instead! It's actually talcum powder.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": Episode 2 gives Woody a chance to slag off Brutus by pretending to be his grieving relative at a pretend funeral. For added comedy effect, Brutus is lying in the coffin next to him pretending to be dead and calls him on the mobile mid-eulogy.
  • Funny Foreigner: Zorro is believed by everyone to be this, even though he is an almost completely flat character.
  • Gold Digger: Melody and Coco.
  • Heroic Willpower: Episode 3 culminates in two hypnotists trying to manipulate Woody into killing each other. Fortunately, Woody has so many different personas and is so familiar with all of them, that the control only lasts for a few seconds.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Zorro, as the bartender at least. He's usually seen reading a book or zoned out but then suddenly produces drinks seemingly out of thin air.
  • Hypno Fool: Episode 3 has Brutus being hypnotized repeatedly.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Janice/Susan
  • Master of Disguise: Woody, obviously.
  • Narcissist: Señor Big and Elton Juan (Haviet).
  • Never Mess with Granny: You don’t want to pick a fight with Lorenza.
  • No Name Given: Brutus is incapable of remembering the names of his employees. For this reason, all of his bartenders are called ‘Zorro’ and the only recurring one is always interrupted before his real name can be given.
    • Melody is suspected to be using a pseudonym, based on the fact that she used to be called “Christina”.
  • Not in Front of the Parrot: Donald’s reasons for recapturing his pet parrot Wally.
  • Only Sane Man: Zorro is usually this.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: There are occasions when Woody DOES take things seriously; that’s when you KNOW things are bad.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Woody’s “plucky”ness is off the charts and frequently lands him in trouble.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Brutus’ ex-wife.
  • Sanity Slippage: Señor Big wasn’t completely sane to begin with and repeated exposure to Woody’s antics only makes him worse.
  • Shoddy Knock Off Product: Elton Juan, Senor Big's newest "star".
  • Smug Snake: Señor Big.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    Woody: What happened to him? (Melody’s previous criminal husband)
    Melody: He died…in mysterious circumstances.
  • Talkative Loon: Woody is regarded In-Universe as the most annoying person you will ever meet and can induce a cardiac arrest in an adversary simply by refusing to shut up.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Episode 6 is loaded with it.
  • Theme Tune:
    I could be wilder than the wind
    A-hundred-and-ninety miles an hour
    I'm in a whole other dimension
    Dancing doubles on the floor
    You think I'm crazy
    A little bit hazy
    But I'm stone-cold.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Señor Big experiences this after Woody exposes him as a murderer.