Episode 5

Wednesday, 25 March 2009, 10:30PM on ITV2

Starring, Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd, Under The Blue Sky), Kevin Bishop (The Kevin Bishop Show, Star Stories, Fat Pig) and Nina Sosanya (Teachers, Casanova, Love’s Labours Lost), FM is a brand new comedy series for ITV2. Written by Oliver Lansley and Ian Curtis and produced by ITV Studios, FM is set in a hip London radio station. The series follows a group of fame-hungry friends who run a daily indie-inspired show.

Show host Lindsay Carol (O’Dowd) bumbles his way passionately through each show regaling his loyal listeners with a mixture of cutting edge tunes and stories of his totally misguided personal life. Sharp and witty on-air, off-air he’s all at sea in the world of hip bands and celebrity and constantly upstaged by fellow radio host and cool urban DJ, Topher Kiepher (O-T Fagbenle). Lindsay’s dipsy yet too-cool-for-rock school co-host Dom Cox (Bishop) manages to piss off their music guests on a daily basis, usually through excessive partying, his tardy antics and his general inability to take his job seriously. Lyndsay’s producer, Jane Edwards (Sosanya) is suppose to keep the hosts under control and running to schedules, but she very rarely achieves this herself. Like Lindsay and Dom, Jane is an eternal singleton and they all revel in each others dating disasters. Together they make for a very motley radio crew.

Each episode will see a performance from a top band “live” in the FM studio, such as The Charlatans, The Wombats, Guillemots, Ladyhawke, The Subways and Sway. As well as celebrity guest appearances including Justin Hawkins, Marianne Faithfull, Toyah Wilcox, Jamie Theakston, Konnie Huq and Tim Westwood.

The series follows the three radio musketeers as they attempt to pull together a daily show. They come face to face with demanding managers, pushy new bands, unreliable recording artists, Dom’s relentless partying and boy band past, Jane’s shambolic love life, as well as Lindsay’s constant failure to pull, be cool or look hot in skinny jeans.

Other regular characters include Daisy (Ophelia Lovibond), FM’s wide-eyed receptionist, surly runner Ades (Daniel Kaluuya – Skins) and the station’s nerdy sound engineer, Neil (Oliver Lansley).

In episode five Lindsay returns from holiday with a beard, which the FM team can’t quite get used to. This week Dom is focusing on the annual radio pub quiz and is determined to beat his arch nemesis Tim Westwood, and retain his John Peel statue. However, with Sarah Champion and Richard Bacon on Westwood’s team, who will emerge victorious? Also, this week Lindsay attempts a career in music television and Jane struggles with Ades having a crush on her.

The studio guest this week is urban artist Sway, with Jamie Theakston hosting the radio pub quiz.


 

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