Almost forgotten Channel Five sitcom Angelo’s is given a new lease of life next month, with the release of the complete series on dvd.
The show ran for one six-episode series in 2007, and was written by and starred Sharon Horgan – a name which should be familiar to the discerning peeler. Frequently collaborating with Alice Lowe, Horgan co-starred with Alice in Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive and in 2009 became the voice of Lifespam after Lowe was unable to squeeze in a physical part for her. This association continued with Jackal Films projects last year – returning to narrate the Lifespam spin-off My Old Baby, and guest starring in the demonic Bretheren.
Horgan also co-starred in Free Agents – a Channel 4 sitcom featuring Matthew Holness, but of course is best known for her BBC sitcom Pulling.which featured guest appearances by Alice Lowe and Gareth Tunley. She also played Chris O’Dowd‘s mother in his Little Cracker for Sky One last Christmas – so her TVO credentials are sound! With her star in the ascendant, Horgan recently hosted an edition of Have I Got News For You?, and was recently announced in the role of Homily Clock alongside Christopher Eccleston, Stephen Fry and Victoria Wood in a new BBC adaptation of The Borrowers set to air over Christmas.
It is perhaps, no surprise then that Angelo’s – a show which was previously somewhat ignored by the channel and audiences alike – is being revisited now for a dvd release. And if Horgan’s own links to the world of Booshdom were not enough – the cast also boasts Alice Lowe, Shelly Longworth and Simon Farnaby amongst its regulars, alongside Lifespam‘s Steve Brody, plus Paul Garner, Kim Wall, Javone Prince, Hyperdrive‘s Miranda Hart and Mongrels‘ star Paul Kaye! There’s even a blink and you’ll miss it appearance from Colin Hoult!
The dvd features a making of documentary, as well as audio commentaries by Horgan, producer Damon Beesley and director Chloe Thomas, plus the original short that inspired the show, Trafalgar Square and Angelo’s Taster Tape. Priced at only £7.99, you can pre-order it from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store now – with a release date of July 12th.
Until then, here’s a clip of Simon Farnaby as rubbish street-artist Kris, to whet your appetite…