This is a British comedy spoof documentary about characters trying to improve their status. Dave Benson Phillips plays a version of himself as a man who dabbles in a number of projects. The character Ryan Marten is trying to claw back his lost internet fame. Work experience boy Darren wants to become a full time employee. They are trapped together by contractual arrangement and because they need each other to try and get anywhere.
Dave manages a vlogger, Ryan who soon plummets in popularity after misspeaking at an awards ceremony. The series is really about their dynamic with work experience boy Darren in the background trying to impress them both.
I have based in on a lot of the media coverage of Dave over the years which has often been of a tone but from Dave’s live show we participated in during the Edinburgh Festival in 2015, he jokes about lot of it on stage and so I felt confident writing to that. He is someone with a great sense of humour and so we play up gently on the media coverage of him – for example in response to lists about what he does, we have an ongoing gag of various companies he does.
I didn’t want it to be in anyway cynical – which is the sort of thing that’s been done before and done well. He isn’t playing himself – it’s not his real house, it’s not his real job and he’s most definitely a character. Sadly Dave has been targeted by internet trolls (with people saying he had died etc) and we reference that, I hope in a positive light.