Nathan Barley is a great idea for a show – the piss-take of the Hoxtonesque/London media-luvvy-come ‘web designer’. But there are a couple of problems with it. It could be about 4 or 5 years too late – all the really trendy web designers left Clerkenwell years ago after the crash. (Or perhaps that’s the point – the best ones left way back then, leaving the dubious ones behind?)
But my other point is this. Nathan’s “online tramp racing” is not very original – in fact it appears to be based on a story I wrote in 2003 for the Irish Times.
My last point is that the Dan Ashcroft character is just a rip-off from The Life of Brian – bewildered sane man gets followed and revered by a bunch of idiots.