American executive Todd Margaret (David Cross) arrives in the UK to take over a company selling power drinks only to find Dave (Russell Tovey) is his only employee sent by head office.
Down to the local pub first.
Dave gives Todd a crash course in selling power drinks to the Brits by taking Todd to a series of pubs. Todd ends up on the floor of a pub, punched out by a lady.
Not one to point the finger Dave encourages Todd to show how he would sell the drinks by using his American sales techniques. Dave takes Todd to a local cafeteria.
Dave asks Todd to use a Brit accent rather than his American one.
Dave encourages Todd to drink more than 6 cans of his power drink while selling it to a conservative cafeteria crowd. Todd is so hyped up it's embarrassing.
Todd discovers his sales team consists of one unhelpful Brit called Dave (Russell Tovey), and he has less than a week to shift dozens of drinks crates before his uselessness is exposed. Sharon Horgan plays the waitress at the cafe where Todd first meets the locals.
Less a comedy pilot, more the first act of a low-budget British indie made by calling in favours with American talent, The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret "the concept" just wasn't particularly funny enough to sustain a full series. David Cross laying on the floor urinating in his pants was the last shot the punters saw and it wasn't particularly endearing.
As usual Russell Tovey plays himself - friendly, upbeat, positive - not too silly - just right!
Posted on Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 by Brendon Connelly