1 9 9 8 – 2 0 0 3 (UK)
16 x 50 minute episodes
This BBC comedy series by John Sullivan (creator of Only Fools and Horses) starred Robert Daws as Sam Mountjoy, the harassed boss of a down-at-heel Camden-based minicab firm called Cresta Cabs.
Keith Allen was terrific as his partner Dexter, who was trying to recover from a nervous breakdown. The state of Dexter’s nerves was not improved by his Barbie-clone wife, Tina (Barbara Durkin of I’m Alan Partridge fame) who, as Sam so kindly put it, was captain of Stupid United.
Sam couldn’t handle the new radio communications equipment – or anything else – without the help of his right-hand woman, Reen (Pippa Guard).
The motley crew of drivers included Nigerian driver Henry (Jude Akuwudike), who kept getting lost, Phil (Philip Glenister), who’d rather be a rock star, and cabbie-cum-postman, Baz (David Ross) who haunted his local dating agency.
The one-hour pilot originally aired in 1997, with the series debuting on Thursday 8 January 1998.
Even Quasimodo Pulled | I Used to Be a Superb Rugby Player | Socks with Little Tennis Players on Them | There Are No Minicabs in Heaven | Some Get the Magic, Some Get the Tragic | The Day the Music Died || Welcome to Responsibilityville | Every Victim Wishes He’d Kept His Clothes On | Sometimes It’s Hard to Be a Man | Ask the 1975 Millwall Defence | I’m Not a Little Baby and Daddy Hasn’t Gone to Japan | Too Much Wine, Too Many Stars | Love Rules the Heart, Money Takes the Soul || Play It Again, Sam | Thank God It Wasn’t Boat Race Day | Freedom’s Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose