Seekers

Seekers, is about the characters that regularly frequent a Job Centre in the Essex town of Rayleigh. Be it the unfulfilled or aspirational staff that work there, or the mixture of jobless people from every walk of life, some desperate to get back to work, some trying their best to never have to work at all.

We listen into the mundane, pointless and sometimes bewildering conversations, the petty arguments and pointless rivalries that people involve themselves in just to relieve the boredom in the sterile, air conditioned building, they all have to return to day after day.

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0101The New Seeker2013100320160316 (BBC7)

Seekers, is about the characters that regularly frequent a Job Centre in the Essex town of Rayleigh. Be it the unfulfilled or aspirational staff that work there, or the mixture of jobless people from every walk of life, some desperate to get back to work, some trying their best to never have to work at all.

We listen into the mundane, pointless and sometimes bewildering conversations, the petty arguments and pointless rivalries that people involve themselves in just to relieve the boredom in the sterile, air conditioned building, they all have to return to day after day.

Stuart (Mathew Horne) an employee of the job centre who is made redundant and is faced with the belittling scenario of returning to the place where he worked to find employment through people he's pretty sure he can do the job better than. He didn't really care about the job very much, but he was happy, well, not happy, he was content to work there, especially because of Senior Job Seeker Advisor, Nicola (Zahra Ahmadi) who he had a one night stand with during half time of the England Vs. Portugal game in 2006 and still holds out for a relationship to blossom even though it's been over seven years and she has shown no sign of wanting to.

Now stuck on the other side of the desk with the unemployed, Stuart is reunited with Joe (Daniel Mays) and Terry (Tony Way) two old school friends that Stuart outgrew eons ago.

Episode One: The New Seeker

Written by Steven Burge

Produced by Katie Tyrrell.

Stuart, an employee of the job centre, is made redundant and is faced with the belittling scenario of returning to the place where he worked to find employment through people he's pretty sure he can do the job better than. He didn't really care about the job very much, but he was happy, well, not happy, he was content to work there, especially because of Senior Job Seeker Advisor, Nicola who he had a one night stand with during half time of the England Vs. Portugal game in 2006 and still holds out for a relationship to blossom even though it's been over seven years and she has shown no sign of wanting to.

Now stuck on the other side of the desk with the unemployed, Stuart is reunited with Joe and Terry two old school friends that Stuart outgrew eons ago.

0102The Diary2013101020160323 (BBC7)

Comedy set in an Essex Job Centre.

Stuart is concerned that the gift he left Nicola in her desk drawer could be misinterpreted. In fact, it's the worst gift in the history of gifts. Joe, uncharacteristically, offers to help and retrieve the gift (during a diversion created by Gary Probert). Joe only manages to make matters worse - or does he? Stuart could actually be finally getting somewhere with Nicola.

Episode Two: The Diary

Written by Steven Burge

Produced by Katie Tyrrell.

Stuart is concerned that the gift he left Nicola in her desk drawer could be misinterpreted. In fact, it's the worst gift in the history of gifts. Joe, uncharacteristically, offers to help and retrieve the gift (during a diversion created by Gary Probert). Joe only manages to make matters worse - or does he? Stuart could actually be finally getting somewhere with Nicola.

0103That Bloke Keeps Looking At Us2013101720160330 (BBC7)

There's a bloke sitting at the other end of the Job Centre waiting room. Joe, Terry and Stuart try and work out who he is. He starts giving the three lads, evil looks. Joe becomes adamant that he is a hitman sent by the Food Standards Agency. Terry thinks it might be a bloke from Benefits fraud. Whoever he is they're determined not to be intimidated and return the evil looks.

Episode Three: That Bloke Keeps Looking At Us

Written by Steven Burge

Produced by Katie Tyrrell.

There's a bloke sitting at the other end of the Job Centre waiting room. Joe, Terry and Stuart try and work out who he is. He starts giving the three lads, evil looks. Joe becomes adamant that he is a hitman sent by the Food Standards Agency. Terry thinks it might be a bloke from Benefits fraud. Whoever he is they're determined not to be intimidated and return the evil looks.

0104The Scratchcard2013102420160406 (BBC7)

Episode 4: The Scratchcard

Comedy set in an Essex Job Centre.

Joe and Terry replace Stuart with new best friend Janice. She's never worked - except as a human guinea pig for pharmaceutical trials and she drinks during the day - she is officially the bestest person they've ever met.

As well as being usurped by Janice, Stuart is usurped by Gary Probert who has unbelievably and appallingly taken over his job at the Job Centre and is working very closely with Nicola.

Episode Four: The Scratchcard

Written by Steven Burge

Produced by Katie Tyrrell.

Joe and Terry replace Stuart with new best friend Janice. She's never worked - except as a human guinea pig for pharmaceutical trials and she drinks during the day - she is officially the bestest person they've ever met.

As well as being usurped by Janice, Stuart is usurped by Gary Probert who has unbelievably and appallingly taken over his job at the Job Centre and is working very closely with Nicola.

0105The Baby2013103120160413 (BBC7)

EPISODE 5: THE BABY

Someone's left a baby under Terry's seat. When the owner doesn't come back, Stuart, Joe and Terry have to look after it. They argue about if they were in Three Men and a Baby, which character they'd be. Obviously, all three of them want to be Tom Selleck.

Stuart has a brainwave and uses the baby to show Nicola how mature and grown up he is, and in a moment of inspiration he claims it's his adopted child. This moment of inspiration turns out to be a moment of stupidity when Stuart is challenged by the incensed mother who returns to find her baby in a papoose strapped to Stuart. She blames the father. Who is the father?

Someone's left a baby under Terry's seat. When the owner doesn't come back, Stuart, Joe and Terry have to look after it. They argue about if they were in Three Men and a Baby, which character they'd be. Obviously, all three of them want to be Tom Selleck.

Stuart has a brainwave and uses the baby to show Nicola how mature and grown up he is, and in a moment of inspiration he claims it's his adopted child. This moment of inspiration turns out to be a moment of stupidity when Stuart is challenged by the incensed mother who returns to find her baby in a papoose strapped to Stuart. She blames the father. Who is the father?

0106 LASTSeek Hard2013110720160420 (BBC7)

It's an unusual day in the Job Centre when armed robbers, having been cornered by police after doing a bank job across the road, take everyone hostage. This could be Stuart's chance to prove to Nicola he's a hero. He needs to do something spectacular to compete with her past boyfriend who Joe claims was none other than Christian Bale.

EPISODE 6: SEEK HARD

Written by Steven Burge

Produced by Katie Tyrrell.

0201So What Did I Miss?20150604

Return of the comedy by Steven Burge set in an Essex job centre.

0202The Wedding Crushers20150611

Matthew Horne, Daniel Mays, Tony Way and Zahra Ahmadi star in a sitcom set in a jobcentre. Stuart and Vanessa are keen to plan their wedding, but not everyone is happy for them.

Written by Steve Burge.

Produced by Victoria Lloyd

0203I Kissed A Bear And I Liked It20150618

Matthew Horne, Daniel Mays, Tony Way and Zahra Ahmadi star in a sitcom set in a jobcentre. Stuart needs to bond with Vanessa's parents, and Joe and Terry raise an egg.

Written by Steve Burge.

Produced by Victoria Lloyd

0204Stu's Birthday20150625

Matthew Horne, Daniel Mays, Tony Way and Zahra Ahmadi star in a sitcom set in a jobcentre. It's Stuart's birthday, and Joe and Terry want to throw him a party. Meanwhile Nicola meets a very handsome man.

Written by Steve Burge.

Produced by Victoria Lloyd

0205The Eight-letter Word20150702

Matthew Horne, Daniel Mays, Tony Way and Zahra Ahmadi star in the sitcom set in a jobcentre. Stuart says something very silly, and Nicola tries to impress Vanessa to gain her confidence.

Written by Steve Burge.

Produced by Victoria Lloyd

0206 LASTThe Boy With The Wogan Tattoo20150709

Matthew Horne, Daniel Mays, Tony Way and Zahra Ahmadi star in the sitcom set in a jobcentre. It's the morning after Stuart's stag night, his back hurts, and Mr Big is looking for him.

Written by Steve Burge.

Produced by Victoria Lloyd.