Mammoth – trailer for new BBC comedy

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Meet Tony Mammoth – a PE teacher out of time. 

Defrosting on April 17th, Mammoth is a new comedy co-written and starring Mike Bubbins.

It takes the frozen in time concept and applies it to a late 1970s PE teacher, like Captain America without the heroics – or a reverse Ashes to Ashes.

Here’s the synopsis:

Tony Mammoth is a blast from the past, a man out of time, literally. In 1979 he was a carefree bachelor, teaching PE and generally living la vida loca. Right up until an avalanche on a school ski trip swept him away to what was surely his untimely death. Except Mammoth didn’t die…

In 2024 Mammoth is miraculously found and brought back to life, a perfectly preserved middle-aged man. The world is his oyster, but Mammoth never really liked oysters, he’s more of a pint and a packet of crisps sort of bloke. So all that Mammoth wants is his old life back; the same job, the same car, the same friends. Things can’t have changed THAT much since the 70s, surely?

Mammoth: Sian Gibson, William Thomas, Mike Bubbins, Joseph Marcell & Joel Davison
Sian Gibson, William Thomas, Mike Bubbins, Joseph Marcell & Joel Davison (c) BBC Studios Comedy Productions

When Mammoth meets Mel, the pair don’t see eye to eye. She’s the mother of one of his pupils (Joel Davison). But little do they know they have a lot more in common than they think….

With Bubbins in the title role, the series also stars Sian Gibson (Car Share) as Mel Jones. Plus, Joseph Marcell (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air), Joel Davison and William Thomas.

The 3-part series is created by Mike Bubbins, who co-writes with Paul Doolan. The director is Simon Hynd (Ghosts). It lands on BBC Two and iPlayer at 10 pm on April 17th, 2024.

For more, you can find interviews with the cast here.