Mel Smith is best known for Not the Nine O'Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones. In this much loved 1980s BBC sitcom, the late comedian plays an aspiring writer stuck in a soul destroying day job.
Depressed Colin Watkins (Mel Smith) works for the British Rail Passenger Relations Office, otherwise known as the complaints department. He doesn't like his job much and has dreams of becoming a full-time writer, toiling late into the night trying to realise his ambitions. Distracting him are his girlfriend Jenny, best friend Des, and the obnoxiously happy couple Richard and Sarah. He takes a step towards achieving his ambition when one of his short stories is accepted for publication in The Langley Book of Horror. In Series 2, a famous film producer offers Colin the chance of adapting his short story for a film. Colin jumps at the chance but disruptions in various guises continue to derail him, and keep him tied to the desk job.