Makeover experts Trinny and Susannah prove themselves adept as actors in this partly improvised web-only mockumentary.
Notionally, they’re playing themselves, but in the parallel world of What They Did Next, the pair are down on their luck: fired by their agent, dumped as the faces of a leading cleaning product and resorting to flogging their wares at a golf and tennis trade show.
Clearly inspired by Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage - in a cameo, Neil Fox likens their agent (Nathan Barley’s Nicholas Burns) to Ari Gold - the duo show few signs of holding back in the 16 x 6-minute series.
Drinking like fishes, exposing bits of their bodies, bitching about each other and swearing like squaddies - this isn’t the slick TV presenting team viewers are used to, and we’re invited to guess where reality ends and fiction begins. It’s all an in-joke and risks accusations of a vanity project, but T5M Studios is aiming high: after four weeks on NBC-owned ivillage.co.uk, it’s releasing the mockumentary worldwide and has made it available on iTunes.
Producer T5M Studios
Writers Matthew Leys (Shooting Stars) and Martin Trenaman (8 Out Of 10 Cats, Never Mind The Buzzcocks)
Producer Dan Hine
Executive producers Charlie Muirhead, J R DeLeon
Director Chris Faith