Furore over Scumbags TV show set in Basildon

Furore over Scumbags TV show set in Basildon

Furore over Scumbags TV show set in Basildon

First published in Echo News

A NEW sitcom set in Basildon and entitled Scumbags has been dubbed the “Shameless of the south".

Scriptwriter Chris Windle believes he has created the “complete anti-Christ” to Towie by exploring the socalled new underclass of the uneducated and unemployed.

Shameless, set on a Manchester estate, featured TV’s most dysfunctional family.

Mr Windle hopes a company like Channel 4 will be interested in commissioning episodes of the gritty Scumbags – which promises no fake tan, just plenty of dodgy birds and geezers.

The 29-year-old, of Leigh, said: “We are not saying everybody in Basildon is a scumbag. The type of people depicted are likely to be viewed by others as scumbags.

“If anything they are misunderstood.

To tell you the truth, it is there to grab people’s attention. If I had called it the Wandsworth estate, it wouldn’t attract as much attention.

“You could probably say it is the Shameless of the south.

There are other areas of economic depression. I could have used Grays, Southend or Tilbury, but Basildon just felt right, having worked there myself.” Mr Windle funded the pilot, which cost him about £600 and took nine months to make.

He believes as the series progresses viewers will come to love the characters. He acknowledges that while the show aims to represent the out-of-work man, it is an exaggeration which uses humour to make a point.

Katie Parsons, 25, of Benfleet, plays lead character Jay Jay, a security guard who grew up with a drug addict mum and is trying to make it in a man’s world.

The former Appleton and Seevic pupil said: “It is not a reflection on the people of Basildon. Being born and raised in Basildon, I know it is not the town but society that makes such characters.’’ Mr Windle has released the 26-minute pilot on the Gherkin TV Youtube channel, where it has had more than 350 views.

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9:12am Tue 2 Sep 14

Robin Reliant says...

Sounds great, best of luck with it.
Sounds great, best of luck with it. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 17

9:21am Tue 2 Sep 14

Democrat says...

350 views on Gherkin TV? Wow! This show is going places - in the bin.
350 views on Gherkin TV? Wow! This show is going places - in the bin. Democrat
  • Score: 37

9:31am Tue 2 Sep 14

warrior_of_keys says...

“It is not a reflection on the people of Basildon. Being born and raised in Basildon, I know it is not the town but society that makes such characters.’’

Paradox?
“It is not a reflection on the people of Basildon. Being born and raised in Basildon, I know it is not the town but society that makes such characters.’’ Paradox? warrior_of_keys
  • Score: 17

9:56am Tue 2 Sep 14

Robin Reliant says...

Democrat wrote:
350 views on Gherkin TV? Wow! This show is going places - in the bin.
almost 1000 now, just watched it, the girl Jay Jay has something and is fairly natural and she would not look out of place on a BBC3 funny ,the fake polish bloke is poor as is the brass ok i know they are not pro actors but, is it a comedy or drama.? and i note the pints of water didn't look so good, but a fair attempt with £600 i suppose, something to work on with a big budget if a production company saw something in it, think it needs a clever comedy script writer, and to go a bit chavtastic.

and the thing is i didn't see Jay jay as a scumbag or her dopey mate who couldnt use a urinal.
[quote][p][bold]Democrat[/bold] wrote: 350 views on Gherkin TV? Wow! This show is going places - in the bin.[/p][/quote]almost 1000 now, just watched it, the girl Jay Jay has something and is fairly natural and she would not look out of place on a BBC3 funny ,the fake polish bloke is poor as is the brass ok i know they are not pro actors but, is it a comedy or drama.? and i note the pints of water didn't look so good, but a fair attempt with £600 i suppose, something to work on with a big budget if a production company saw something in it, think it needs a clever comedy script writer, and to go a bit chavtastic. and the thing is i didn't see Jay jay as a scumbag or her dopey mate who couldnt use a urinal. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 0

10:00am Tue 2 Sep 14

Nebs says...

Should have gone down to Canvey last weekend, could have filmed an episode in Labworth Park.
Should have gone down to Canvey last weekend, could have filmed an episode in Labworth Park. Nebs
  • Score: 41

10:13am Tue 2 Sep 14

supermadmax says...

He should be careful, they will just pinch his idea if they like it.

That's what happened with towie, the brian guy from big brother did a promo (like this) and they just cut him out the loop.
He should be careful, they will just pinch his idea if they like it. That's what happened with towie, the brian guy from big brother did a promo (like this) and they just cut him out the loop. supermadmax
  • Score: 19

10:28am Tue 2 Sep 14

shoess3 says...

There are other areas of economic depression. I could have used Grays, Southend or Tilbury, but Basildon just felt right, having worked there myself.”

You could have used Leigh too; the place is a s**t dump. Derelict buildings, wannabe TOWIEs. It could have been so entertaining...

The arrogance of some is unbelievable; just because people are poor that does not make them bad. To make someone who has less money analogous to a 'scumbag' isn't inventive, it's just someone playing on stereotypes to get hits / likes / views. What ever happened to innovative thinking!
There are other areas of economic depression. I could have used Grays, Southend or Tilbury, but Basildon just felt right, having worked there myself.” You could have used Leigh too; the place is a s**t dump. Derelict buildings, wannabe TOWIEs. It could have been so entertaining... The arrogance of some is unbelievable; just because people are poor that does not make them bad. To make someone who has less money analogous to a 'scumbag' isn't inventive, it's just someone playing on stereotypes to get hits / likes / views. What ever happened to innovative thinking! shoess3
  • Score: 41

10:32am Tue 2 Sep 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

shoess3 wrote:
There are other areas of economic depression. I could have used Grays, Southend or Tilbury, but Basildon just felt right, having worked there myself.”

You could have used Leigh too; the place is a s**t dump. Derelict buildings, wannabe TOWIEs. It could have been so entertaining...

The arrogance of some is unbelievable; just because people are poor that does not make them bad. To make someone who has less money analogous to a 'scumbag' isn't inventive, it's just someone playing on stereotypes to get hits / likes / views. What ever happened to innovative thinking!
Could have used Basildon too. Whole thing was filmed in South London.

Looks great what I saw of it though.
[quote][p][bold]shoess3[/bold] wrote: There are other areas of economic depression. I could have used Grays, Southend or Tilbury, but Basildon just felt right, having worked there myself.” You could have used Leigh too; the place is a s**t dump. Derelict buildings, wannabe TOWIEs. It could have been so entertaining... The arrogance of some is unbelievable; just because people are poor that does not make them bad. To make someone who has less money analogous to a 'scumbag' isn't inventive, it's just someone playing on stereotypes to get hits / likes / views. What ever happened to innovative thinking![/p][/quote]Could have used Basildon too. Whole thing was filmed in South London. Looks great what I saw of it though. Richy don't shine shoes no more
  • Score: -3

10:47am Tue 2 Sep 14

Eric the Red says...

Scumbags - sounds a bit up-market for Basildon. Will they include all the (Non) Travellers?
Scumbags - sounds a bit up-market for Basildon. Will they include all the (Non) Travellers? Eric the Red
  • Score: 18

12:16pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Howard Cháse says...

Some upwardly mobile residents of parts of Basildon aspire to be elevated to the rank of scumbag.....
Some upwardly mobile residents of parts of Basildon aspire to be elevated to the rank of scumbag..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

12:44pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Swifty07 says...

An interesting view to say the very least. would like to ask the creator why it has taken so long for him to make a cheap copy of lock stock and two smoking barrels?

a complete copy from the film but this time with poor water drinking people off the street, an south London street at that.
An interesting view to say the very least. would like to ask the creator why it has taken so long for him to make a cheap copy of lock stock and two smoking barrels? a complete copy from the film but this time with poor water drinking people off the street, an south London street at that. Swifty07
  • Score: 1

4:53pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Jackanbeanstalk says...

Democrat wrote:
350 views on Gherkin TV? Wow! This show is going places - in the bin.
Can someone post the link to
This video I can not find anything of it on google
[quote][p][bold]Democrat[/bold] wrote: 350 views on Gherkin TV? Wow! This show is going places - in the bin.[/p][/quote]Can someone post the link to This video I can not find anything of it on google Jackanbeanstalk
  • Score: 0

4:57pm Tue 2 Sep 14

pulsew says...

i think its makes the area look a lot better than actually is and people a bit more intelligent than the ones i have seen about
i think its makes the area look a lot better than actually is and people a bit more intelligent than the ones i have seen about pulsew
  • Score: -2

6:09pm Tue 2 Sep 14

GeeUpFred says...

Shame it was not filmed in Basildon.
Shame it was not filmed in Basildon. GeeUpFred
  • Score: 2

6:16pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Biker One says...

Jackanbeanstalk wrote:
Democrat wrote:
350 views on Gherkin TV? Wow! This show is going places - in the bin.
Can someone post the link to
This video I can not find anything of it on google
https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=mlfhAjQg
GlU
[quote][p][bold]Jackanbeanstalk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Democrat[/bold] wrote: 350 views on Gherkin TV? Wow! This show is going places - in the bin.[/p][/quote]Can someone post the link to This video I can not find anything of it on google[/p][/quote]https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=mlfhAjQg GlU Biker One
  • Score: 2

7:11pm Tue 2 Sep 14

cairoqueen says...

What will people think of next?, it is pathetic. Get a life who apart from a bunch of brain dead morons would be interested in this drivel.
What will people think of next?, it is pathetic. Get a life who apart from a bunch of brain dead morons would be interested in this drivel. cairoqueen
  • Score: 10

7:15pm Tue 2 Sep 14

cairoqueen says...

shoess3 wrote:
There are other areas of economic depression. I could have used Grays, Southend or Tilbury, but Basildon just felt right, having worked there myself.”

You could have used Leigh too; the place is a s**t dump. Derelict buildings, wannabe TOWIEs. It could have been so entertaining...

The arrogance of some is unbelievable; just because people are poor that does not make them bad. To make someone who has less money analogous to a 'scumbag' isn't inventive, it's just someone playing on stereotypes to get hits / likes / views. What ever happened to innovative thinking!
Leigh is nothing like your description, it is a popular town with decent people and old Leigh Is steeped in history
[quote][p][bold]shoess3[/bold] wrote: There are other areas of economic depression. I could have used Grays, Southend or Tilbury, but Basildon just felt right, having worked there myself.” You could have used Leigh too; the place is a s**t dump. Derelict buildings, wannabe TOWIEs. It could have been so entertaining... The arrogance of some is unbelievable; just because people are poor that does not make them bad. To make someone who has less money analogous to a 'scumbag' isn't inventive, it's just someone playing on stereotypes to get hits / likes / views. What ever happened to innovative thinking![/p][/quote]Leigh is nothing like your description, it is a popular town with decent people and old Leigh Is steeped in history cairoqueen
  • Score: -17

8:58pm Tue 2 Sep 14

telboy71 says...

Chris Windle this pilot is the dogs dangly bits mate bloody good effort and that's from a proper geezer
Chris Windle this pilot is the dogs dangly bits mate bloody good effort and that's from a proper geezer telboy71
  • Score: -4

10:11pm Tue 2 Sep 14

the25man says...

It will be a cheap form of entertainment like most reality shows
It will be a cheap form of entertainment like most reality shows the25man
  • Score: 3

7:45am Wed 3 Sep 14

Robin Reliant says...

cairoqueen wrote:
What will people think of next?, it is pathetic. Get a life who apart from a bunch of brain dead morons would be interested in this drivel.
thats what they said about the first Coronation St.


but your advice should have been taken on board by the BBC when someone made the first Eastenders.
[quote][p][bold]cairoqueen[/bold] wrote: What will people think of next?, it is pathetic. Get a life who apart from a bunch of brain dead morons would be interested in this drivel.[/p][/quote]thats what they said about the first Coronation St. but your advice should have been taken on board by the BBC when someone made the first Eastenders. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 2

8:53am Wed 3 Sep 14

RWARD1976 says...

This is absolutely the worst acting and layout I have ever seen. The writing is shockingly bad and almost childlike, bordering on something that would get you a D grade at secondary school.

I really wouldn't worry about this hitting the TV as it is so poor even the back-end SKY channels would pick this up. In the meantime I would recommend that Mr. Windle pops back to college to resit his GCSE English exams before trying pen something that even resembles grown up television.
This is absolutely the worst acting and layout I have ever seen. The writing is shockingly bad and almost childlike, bordering on something that would get you a D grade at secondary school. I really wouldn't worry about this hitting the TV as it is so poor even the back-end SKY channels would pick this up. In the meantime I would recommend that Mr. Windle pops back to college to resit his GCSE English exams before trying pen something that even resembles grown up television. RWARD1976
  • Score: 6

10:04am Wed 3 Sep 14

supermadmax says...

RWARD1976 wrote:
This is absolutely the worst acting and layout I have ever seen. The writing is shockingly bad and almost childlike, bordering on something that would get you a D grade at secondary school.

I really wouldn't worry about this hitting the TV as it is so poor even the back-end SKY channels would pick this up. In the meantime I would recommend that Mr. Windle pops back to college to resit his GCSE English exams before trying pen something that even resembles grown up television.
Aside from blatantly stealing the plot, I thought it was quite good.

As least he is doing something he likes and being productive with his time. You sound like a bitter failed wannba director / screen writer, who has never had the get up to do something yourself.
[quote][p][bold]RWARD1976[/bold] wrote: This is absolutely the worst acting and layout I have ever seen. The writing is shockingly bad and almost childlike, bordering on something that would get you a D grade at secondary school. I really wouldn't worry about this hitting the TV as it is so poor even the back-end SKY channels would pick this up. In the meantime I would recommend that Mr. Windle pops back to college to resit his GCSE English exams before trying pen something that even resembles grown up television.[/p][/quote]Aside from blatantly stealing the plot, I thought it was quite good. As least he is doing something he likes and being productive with his time. You sound like a bitter failed wannba director / screen writer, who has never had the get up to do something yourself. supermadmax
  • Score: -2

11:27am Wed 3 Sep 14

RWARD1976 says...

supermadmax wrote:
RWARD1976 wrote:
This is absolutely the worst acting and layout I have ever seen. The writing is shockingly bad and almost childlike, bordering on something that would get you a D grade at secondary school.

I really wouldn't worry about this hitting the TV as it is so poor even the back-end SKY channels would pick this up. In the meantime I would recommend that Mr. Windle pops back to college to resit his GCSE English exams before trying pen something that even resembles grown up television.
Aside from blatantly stealing the plot, I thought it was quite good.

As least he is doing something he likes and being productive with his time. You sound like a bitter failed wannba director / screen writer, who has never had the get up to do something yourself.
No you make a good point mate, maybe I was bit harsh. I hadn't had my coffee this morning when I posted it.

The plot is by the by and yes it is ripped straight out of a Guy Richie film, so tell me then how taking 6-9 months to record your mates badly acting out the storyline written by someone else and then adapted to a video that clearly no one likes equates to "being productive with his time".

I'm not a writer, and have no aspirations to be, but then I don't stand in the Echo having my photo taken for publicity, telling my fellow Basildonians that they are Scumbags and I'm making that into a broadcast for the rest of the World see.

I get up in the morning and go to work for my family so my kids have a good life and grow up to be respectable, like most of the other good honest people in do in Basildon, that's what I like to call "being productive with my time".
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RWARD1976[/bold] wrote: This is absolutely the worst acting and layout I have ever seen. The writing is shockingly bad and almost childlike, bordering on something that would get you a D grade at secondary school. I really wouldn't worry about this hitting the TV as it is so poor even the back-end SKY channels would pick this up. In the meantime I would recommend that Mr. Windle pops back to college to resit his GCSE English exams before trying pen something that even resembles grown up television.[/p][/quote]Aside from blatantly stealing the plot, I thought it was quite good. As least he is doing something he likes and being productive with his time. You sound like a bitter failed wannba director / screen writer, who has never had the get up to do something yourself.[/p][/quote]No you make a good point mate, maybe I was bit harsh. I hadn't had my coffee this morning when I posted it. The plot is by the by and yes it is ripped straight out of a Guy Richie film, so tell me then how taking 6-9 months to record your mates badly acting out the storyline written by someone else and then adapted to a video that clearly no one likes equates to "being productive with his time". I'm not a writer, and have no aspirations to be, but then I don't stand in the Echo having my photo taken for publicity, telling my fellow Basildonians that they are Scumbags and I'm making that into a broadcast for the rest of the World see. I get up in the morning and go to work for my family so my kids have a good life and grow up to be respectable, like most of the other good honest people in do in Basildon, that's what I like to call "being productive with my time". RWARD1976
  • Score: 13

3:41pm Wed 3 Sep 14

barneydrop says...

Sometimes the truth can hurtl.
I would have thought it summed up the area perfectly judging by the attack in Basildon on elderly man as reported on this site.
Sometimes the truth can hurtl. I would have thought it summed up the area perfectly judging by the attack in Basildon on elderly man as reported on this site. barneydrop
  • Score: -2

5:55pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Sensible Man says...

Maybe this matter should be raised with PCC Mr. Alston when he appears before the public on 10 September on Canvey. Please also ask him about his statements regarding the "Traveller" incident last weekend. WAS HE SERIOUS????
Maybe this matter should be raised with PCC Mr. Alston when he appears before the public on 10 September on Canvey. Please also ask him about his statements regarding the "Traveller" incident last weekend. WAS HE SERIOUS???? Sensible Man
  • Score: 5

6:16pm Thu 4 Sep 14

LexyGirl says...

I was going to say I think this type of show stereotypes people unfairly. A bit like how us Essex girls are viewed now. Just because I live here doesn't mean I am orange, wear dresses up to my arm pits and use the phrases innit, babe, well jel and drop me out.
I was going to say I think this type of show stereotypes people unfairly. A bit like how us Essex girls are viewed now. Just because I live here doesn't mean I am orange, wear dresses up to my arm pits and use the phrases innit, babe, well jel and drop me out. LexyGirl
  • Score: 6

4:28pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Audioman says...

Everyone that lives in Basildon is a SCUMBAG.
Not a nice place at all to live.
Everyone that lives in Basildon is a SCUMBAG. Not a nice place at all to live. Audioman
  • Score: -10

7:56pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Eric the Red says...

Strange - about a third of the posts have gone missing - those that involved ThisYear.
Strange - about a third of the posts have gone missing - those that involved ThisYear. Eric the Red
  • Score: 5
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