Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Television-Trevor's World of Sport

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Television-Trevor's World of Sport

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Byline: GLYN GEORGE

Comedy is found in the most unlikely places, but the hidden corridors and alleyways stalked by sports agents must have presented a particular problem. What we know of these murky figures is mostly confined to the sports pages, where they appear to provide an invaluable although invisible interface between sports people and sports bosses for generating mind-boggling amounts of cash, much of which ends up in their own pockets.

Every now and then, uproar bursts from the sports pages and spreads to the grownup sections, as some piece of particularly audacious wheelerdealing is held up for scrutiny. The problem for a comedy writer is a simple one: where are the gags?

Andy Hamilton, one half of the Drop The Dead Donkey writing partnership, has come up with an inspired, if not wholly convincing solution in his new comedy, Trevor's World Of Sport. The eponymous Trevor, played by Neil Pearson (right), is wracked by moral and ethical dilemmas. We know instantly that his world of sport is not some version of offshore banking with added muscles when we catch him in midnightmare. At an awards ceremony, he suddenly finds himself on stage under the beaming gaze of David Seaman, both stark naked and sitting on a lavatory bowl. Needless to say, he wakes up in a bit of a state.

It's not actually stated, but it probably had something to do with the ponytail.

As details of Trevor's life are gradually revealed, the underpinnings of this recurring nightmare are revealed. There is Mark, the Formula One racing driver, who is an inch away from the world championship and the same distance from a complete mental breakdown. And let us not forget Sammy, Trevor's business partner, whose scruples might comfortably be accommodated on the head of a pin.

Just to ensure that off-duty hours bring no respite, Trevor is estranged from his wife Meryl, who has taken to quoting him lines of poetry to correct his world view, lines written by her new friend Roger. Trends in comedy may come and go, but there is one certainty that endures, one rock of the genre that is never overwhelmed by the fickle tides of fashion: the name Roger is always applied to a character who is actually or potentially up to no good between the sheets. …

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