I’m writing this post to have a little fun. This blog hasn’t been known for much fun as of late and I hadn’t thought much about potential entertainment projects as of late. Especially as I did months ago on this blog, depict yours truly getting fired from “Gotham Bank” and moving on to “Fresh Foods”. Not the most interesting idea, however, there is some artistry I’d like to use to make it more interesting.
So what if I depicted “Fresh” as not much different than the old British TV series Are You Being Served. The show is set in the clothing department of a British department store ran by two elderly brothers. We also see interactions between the dept and other personnel in the store especially with ownership & mgmt. Of course if I am to depict a grocery store it has to be somewhat different than a clothing dept.
So let’s say in my own Americanized version this takes place in say the deli/hot foods dept of a grocery store. Let’s say the elderly bros who own the store on the series would be represented by store mgmt as “Fresh” is essentially a publicly traded fortune 500 company. It is not a family owned business although I could always turn around and do a version that’s set at “The Show” which is family owned.
Since the characters work in a specific dept at a grocery store then the main characters work in this dept. Perhaps we can start with the assistant mgrs and supervisors and then to the rest of the team. Perhaps the main supporting character who we’ll see the most of is the dept mgr and I can envision creating a version of “Ruthless Roger” as a Mr. Rumbold. In real life I worked under several dept mgr but I could come up with an interesting storyline where Rumbold comes in “rises to his level of incompetence” and then he’s gone!
The easiest one to characterize in Mr. Humphries. On my former team there literally was an effeminate man who worked with us. His voice was a manufactured high pitch voice and I could never imagine with a deep voice and would be taken aback if he used it. Although for this individual in real life unlike the character his sexuality is not ambiguous.
Captain Peacock could be an assistant mgr in real life it’s possible you’ll see a assistant mgr on the floor. They may have to run to the back to handle dept business, however, they’ll be seen on the floor instead of the dept mgr. A dept mgr or a Mr. Rumbold will less frequently come to the floor. So it’s not like they’ll always remain in the back and do dept mgr things. They may help out in the dept on occasion when it’s necessary.
Supervisors well we have Mr. Slocombe, Mr. Grainger, and others who we’ll also see more frequently in the dept in addition to the Capt. Peacock character. It’ll be interesting to see how they’d interact with characters like Mr. Humphries and others who are just regular employees. Both of these characters will have distinct personalities one is flirtatious the other just cranky. Though both very good at their jobs so you can respect them.
Of course you have a Ms. Brahms or Mr. Lucas and others who round out the characters. Brahms is a young woman whom all the men have a crush on. Lucas could be a charming young man who tries his luck with all the women he works with. Let’s say to turn this into a sitcom there has to be a degree of sexual tension or unusual situations that prove to be very hilarious. Some of those situations can include customers.
Think about situations involving incompetent bosses or rude and stupid customers. Imagine the storyline where one of the main characters gets unexpectedly fired by “Ruthless Roger” Rumbold. Or better yet Rumbold basically loses his job and one of the main characters returns to his old job. And just think I got one more for you.
The Grace Bros store of the series has been depicted as a struggling store. The owners have little clue that it’s actually beginning to decline. We could depict this “Fresh” store the same way. Or more accurately this dept might have been undergoing a decline which accelerated under the naive and incompetent regime of Rumbold. Perhaps when Rumbold gets demoted Peacock becomes dept mgr finally as it was what he was angling for.
As for a TV theme, why not an updated and adapted version of the Are You Being Served? theme. It depicted a bustling dept store and now the theme should depict a bustling grocery store. Yes the percussion of cash registers with perhaps announcements heard over a PA system. And I can only imagine the set design…
I feel like this program could be a winner! Alas my comedy chops isn’t that good, however, I’m sure I can develop this series with the right comedy writers. Perhaps make almost the same types of jokes known from the British series. Perhaps it’s time to take a class on comedy writing.