The Spa (TV series)
|Created by||Derren Litten|
|Written by||Derren Litten|
|Directed by||Sandy Johnson|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||30mins (inc. adverts)|
|Production company(s)||Tiger Aspect Productions|
|Original network||Sky Living|
|Picture format||16:9 (HDTV 1080i)|
|Original release||7 February – 27 December 2013|
The Spa is a sitcom created, written and starring Derren Litten. It is set in a health spa in Hertfordshire and follows the daily goings-on of the business. The first series consisted of seven episodes and aired between February and March 2013. A New Year Special concluded the series on 27 December 2013.
The Spa follows the daily running of a health club where a run in with the staff can be deadly. The spa is run by bossy manageress Alison Crabbe, who is confident she can turn the spa into a successful business, despite a series of unfortunate accidents and terrible customer service. Alison is joined by an eccentric and inept group of employees who find themselves in strange and bizarre situations as a matter of routine.
- Alison Crabbe (Rebecca Front) – The bolshy, staff and customer-hating manager of The Spa.
- Marcus Wells (Derren Litten) – The wheelchair-bound aerobics instructor.
- Eric Lofthouse (Tim Healy) – The Spa's well-endowed and forgetful handyman.
- Davina Stewart (Debbie Chazen) – The Spa's complementary physio and spiritual therapist.
- Veronica (Vron) Hendry (Nadine Marshall) – The hyper-fit and hyper-aggressive weights instructor, who is not opposed to conning patrons out of money.
- Sally Skinner (Niky Wardley) – Well-meaning but dim receptionist.
- Rose Cearney (Vilma Hollingbery) – The elderly and suicidal cleaner.
- Bolek (Chris Geere) – Newly hired Polish chef at The Spa, formerly a plumber.
- Costas Kleovolou (Ramin Karimloo) – His family own The Spa and his wealth has been handed on a plate
- Bergita Wylde (Cheryl Fergison) – The often-insulted guest at The Spa, who under hypnotherapy is revealed to possibly be the reincarnation of Hitler.
- Virginia (Ginny) Trench (Frances Barber) – Alison's best friend.
- Stephanie (Stephen) (Tony Maudsley) - Marcus's blind date and "lover".
|Episode||Title||Directed by||Written by||Ratings||Original air date|
|1||"High Anxiety"||Sandy Johnson||Derren Litten||532,000||7 February 2013|
|It's a typically abnormal day at The Spa as Rose goes to great heights to get noticed and Sally suffers the consequences of upsetting fussy regular Ms Begita Wylde.|
|2||"No Place Like Home"||Sandy Johnson||Derren Litten||378,000||14 February 2013|
|Alison secretly moves into the health centre when her boiler at home breaks down, but it's far from a relaxing stay.|
|3||"A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose"||Sandy Johnson||Derren Litten||320,000||21 February 2013|
|Marcus suspects his boss is to blame for his injury and although Alison has tried to put him off the scent, he's on the hunt for evidence.|
|4||"Love Is A Losing Game"||Sandy Johnson||Derren Litten||318,000||28 February 2013|
|Peter Kelly, a swindler from Alison's past, uses his smooth-yet-slimy talking gets the manageress on board with his latest scheme to break into the PR world.|
|5||"Wedding Belles"||Sandy Johnson||Derren Litten||241,000||7 March 2013|
|Both wedding and alarm bells sound as manageress Alison gets her registrar licence.|
|6||"Mr Right"||Sandy Johnson||Derren Litten||255,000||14 March 2013|
|Davina confides in Vron about her crush on Marcus, only to receive some surprising information in return. Meanwhile Alison is looking for love.|
|7||"Guilty Until Proven Innocent"||Sandy Johnson||Derren Litten||225,000||21 March 2013|
|The first series of the comedy concludes with Marcus and Alison's long-awaited showdown. Chesney Hawkes guest stars.|
|8||"Strangers In The Night"||Sandy Johnson||Derren Litten||Under 121,000||27 December 2013|
|Its New Year's Eve and staff are hoping to be dismissed early. There's no such luck, unfortunately, due to a freak snow storm.|
The complete first seven episodes of the series was released onto DVD on 25 March 2013.