Billed as a TV pilot of the long-running BBC Radio Wales sitcom, Bravo Two Charlies, made its debut on Monday as part of BBC Wales’ Festival of Funny season. At around 11 minutes long it is more of a series of quick sketches than a sitcom but has all the ingredients to be successful in a 30 minute format. There’s plenty of scope for character development, and as it’s been on the radio for years there are no doubt plenty of backstories on which to draw.
Written by Matt Leys and Martin Trenaman, who also stars, it follows the day-to-day lives of the North Wales Traffic Police. In this all too short pilot episode, the force is on a clamp down on illegal vehicles. PC Dennis Babb (Trenaman) and PC Lee Cushion’s (Rhys ap Trefor) day gets disrupted as a firmware update to the patrol vehicle’s computerised system causes a malfunction, leaving the officers trapped inside with no apparent means of escape.
There’s enough in this short to leave you wanting more. It’s well worth a watch on iPlayer now.