The BBC sitcom Whites just ended its six-show series this week, and apparently it’s been popular enough for people to start contacting the network begging for a second-series order. The Twitter buzz on the show alone has been outstanding.
This really should be a given, but due to some unfortunate scheduling against football matches on ITV, there’s some concern that the ratings weren’t high enough. Which, frankly, is hogwash considering the stories have really just gotten started. If Channel 4 could manage to wait out three series of Peep Show until the ratings finally kicked in and then ended up winning BAFTA’s for it, then the BBC should keep the faith. The cast alone is good enough to justify it.
But if they need any more persuading, here’s a few reasons why viewers deserve to see more Whites:
1) More Kiki. Any character who inspires their own trending Twitter hashtag – #KikiQuotes – is worth watching. I already knew Isy Suttie was great from the last two series of Peep Show, but this show has really given her a chance to shine as the incredibly daft but sweet server who even manages to redeem the conniving Skoose (who finally gets a heart in the last episode of the series.) Between her brainstorm of “a pie made out of fish”, getting utterly confused when sous chef Bib proclaims that a celebrity chef’s book is his bible, asking Bib what exactly a steak is, and her hidden “talents” with a trumpet, she’s just a joy to watch.
2) Will Roland ever get his s*** together? Basically Roland White is determined that he’s going to be the next celebrity chef with a book or a TV show or anything and that he’s just biding his time at the White House. However, his reality is that his ego is far bigger than his motivation to actually prove himself enough as a chef to get his chance at stardom. And this manifests itself in very self-destructive ways. Whether it happens by giving the aforementioned celebrity chef (who had been his apprentice) food poisoning or pretending Bib was his Parkinson’s-stricken brother to catch a break from a health and safety inspector, he has few boundaries. But after almost losing Bib at the end and realizing how much he and the other people at the restaurant really mean at him, will he really mend his ways? And if not, what other hijinks can he pull?
3) Roland and Caroline are destined to hook up. Yes, hotel manager Caroline just got engaged to her farmer boyfriend, who seems like a perfect match on the surface – strong, stable and very boring. And yes, Roland spends half of every episode infuriating Caroline with his lazy and self-absorbed ways. But it’s clear, especially after the last episode, that Caroline’s chafing at the thought of being less important that fiance Robin’s farm and is desiring a little tumble in the kitchen with Roland. Half of the fun of the show is the obvious chemistry between Alan Davies and Katherine Parkinson. They are a terrific pairing.
4) Realistic kitchen humor. Anyone who has worked at a restaurant knows that you don’t really have to go out on a limb to find a lot of insane situations to mine humor from. And between egg-less omelets and the dicey meat vendor (played by co-creator and another Peep Show vet, Matt King) and the never-ending accidents and arguments that happen in the middle of a shift (“Why don’t you two just get naked and wrestle?” says Caroline after the millionth power play between Bib and Skoose) there’s a load here.
5) All of the funny bromantic moments between Roland and Bib. Roland has been a failure at all of his relationships and is quite proud of it. Bib is married, trying for a baby and is a Type-A control freak. It’s oil and water mix that slowly drives Bib to the breaking point through the series, but it’s clear that the two really can’t deal with being apart. And you really can’t beat Roland hijacking a sports car to get Bib to a fertility clinic before his sperm spoils for funny.
In short, make sure to show your support for Whites online, because there are people who are listening. And if you are British or have a DVD player that can play Region 2 discs, the DVD set is due in stores shortly.