A new audience sketch show set in the world of call centres. It is Sailesh's first day as team leader working at Smile5, the catalogue company that sells anything and everything.
WELCOME TO SMILE5!
Smile5 is a mail order catalogue company selling everything from Rolex watches to lawnmowers, from financial products to phone and broadband, from holidays to health insurance. And somewhere in a brown-field wasteland miles from the nearest town, it runs one of the largest call centres operating in the UK. This is the world of The Headset Set.
Each episode features a host of sketches set in the call centre, eavesdropping on both sides of the bizarre, horrific and ludicrous business-customer relationship. While the bulk of each show is taken up with standalone sketches, there are linked scenes providing a gentle narrative curve to proceedings. These scenes feature four of the call centre's employees:
Sailesh - Officially the team leader, Sailesh has recently moved from Bangalore seemingly bringing a wealth of call-centre experience and an admirable work ethic lacking in his fellow Headsetters. However, Sailesh has a secret... was he headhunted or did he leave India under a cloud?
Bernie - As she's been here longer than anyone and she refuses to recognise Sailesh's authority. She also refuses to learn how to use anything more technologically advanced than a 1980s trim phone.
Aleesha - A self-loathing street-wise cynic who resents having to work at Smile 5. Or in fact, having to work at all.
Big Tony - Tony spends most of his time on the phone, but not necessarily on Smile 5 business. He's always running some sort of scam, like a minicab office from his desk.
There are also sketches featuring the HR department, who seem determined not to hire anyone and Smile5's head of training Ralph, who trains the most inept of the call centre staff, such as the child-like Bradley (Paul Sharma) who is too nervous to take calls.
This is a team written sketch show originated by Stephen Carlin and James Kettle. Established sketch writers such as Stephen Carlin, James Kettle, Jon Hunter and Colin Hoult are joined by the best writers to have emerged from recent 'open door' radio shows, such as Recorded for Training Purposes and Newsjack. All tied together by script editors James Kettle and Dan Tetsell.
Aleesha and other characters - Chizzy Akudolu
Bernie and other characters - Margaret-Cabourn Smith
Big Tony, Ralph and other characters - Colin Hoult
Sailesh, Bradley and other characters - Paul sharma
Various - Philip Fox
Writers - James kettle, Stephen Carlin, Andy Wolton, Ben Partridge, Colin Hoult, Dan Tetsell, Dale Shaw, Kevin Core, Rob Gilroy, Tom Neenan
Script editor - Dan Tetsell
Producer - Tilusha Ghelani.