Shown on ITV

series 1

series 1

Timewasters is a half-hour comedy about a struggling four-piece South London jazz band who travel back in time to the 1920s via a urine-sodden lift in a dilapidated block of flats.

Stuck in the past after their ‘time machine’ malfunctions, our gang decide to explore Edwardian London, before quickly discovering that being young and black in the Jazz Age is a lot less genteel and a lot shadier than Downton Abbey had led them to believe.

Aided and abetted by a pair of oddball twins and some 1920s luminaries, the band are forced to navigate the parties and pitfalls of the Roaring Twenties while searching for a way back home.

Cue our heroes getting thoroughly stuck into 1920s life: trying to become the first black Queen of England, joining a eugenics cult, potentially ruining the invention of television, repeatedly falling in love, getting married, and playing brilliant jazz versions of the 21st century’s greatest songs to an equal parts baffled and delighted 1920s crowd – from Back to Black to Hey Ya via Return of The Mack.

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