Sitcom Hapless launched by Netflix


Netflix has acquired UK and Ireland rights and streams Hapless from Monday November 1st 2021

The 6×30” episodes follow Paul Green (Tim Downie), a frustrated journalist for the UK’s fourth most successful Jewish newspaper, as he tries to find boring stories to please his narrow-minded antisemitism-obsessed editor.

With a super-sweary sister always on his case, played by Lucy Montgomery (Tracey Ullman’s Show, The Armstrong and Miller Show), a neurotic and desperately single best friend getting in the way, played by Josh Howie (Call Me Alvy), and a teasing father behaving like a big brother, played by Geoffrey McGivern (Little Dorrit, Ghosts, Plebs), a day of calamity is only ever just around in this fresh satirical comedy series.

Writer and creator Gary Sinyor said: “I’m delighted, over-the-moon and ecstatic that it will be on Netflix. It’s where it belongs. Netflix has proven that out and out funny still works on this side of the pond.”

“My favourite comedy is about big laughs rather than wry smiles, so the series is occasionally close to the bone. Paul gets himself into arguments incredibly easily – whether its flavoured condoms, speed limits, mint shower gel or the sensitivity of a circumcised penis, Paul’s logic is often very flawed but it’s always understandable. Hapless is a satirical comedic attempt to laugh at all of our confusions and gripes whatever our background.”

The series was originally called The Jewish Enquirer until TV Head Honcho Ben Frow pointed out that it sounded like a David Baddiel documentary.

“I changed the title on the spot” said Sinyor

Gary Sinyor is an English film and television director, writer and producer, who studied at the National Film and Television School.

Having co-written, co-produced and co-directed the 1992 film Leon The Pig Farmer, he won the FIPRESCI International Critics’ Prize at that year’s Venice Film Festival, going on to win the Most Promising Newcomer at the 1994 Evening Standard British Film Awards. He also co-wrote and directed Stiff Upper Lips with Peter Ustinov and Prunella Scales.

In 1999 he directed Chris O’Donnell/Renee Zellweger film The Bachelor, and in 2017, he wrote, directed and produced psychological thriller The Unseen starring BBC Archers actress Jasmine Hyde.

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