Love Island’s Iain Stirling writes about life as a singleton in new sitcom Buffering
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As the voice of Love Island, Iain Stirling provides the comedy narrative, giving a humorous take on the dumpings, fire pit chats and coupling up in the reality show.
Now, in his first acting role, Iain turns to the drama in his own life to find the laughs.
This new sitcom is based on his days as a single man and kids’ TV host and the ups and downs of his twenties, before marriage and parenthood with Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore.
“I play a character called Iain, who is a children’s TV presenter,” says the comedian, who was nominated for a BAFTA for his work on the CBBC channel.
“On paper his life is sort of quite good. But something deep down is bothering him. He’s not got the social skills to articulate that misery so it manifests itself in bizarre behaviour.”
The six-part series also looks at how Iain’s friends are adjusting to adult life. Buffering was co-written with his pal, Steve Bugeja.
Steve said: “We realised we wanted to have loads of different stories and not just Iain’s. So we made it an ensemble, showing that bit of life when you’re in your mid-twenties and too old to go out partying. You are stuck in limbo. The cast are amazing and took it to a new level.
“And Iain can act – which is a bonus,” he laughs.
Iain and Laura secretly got married last year and recently welcomed their baby daughter.
Meet the cast
Paul G Raymond who plays best friend Greg said: “I play Iain’s best friend and he’s a bit awkward, very good-hearted and sharp as a tack.”
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He's joined by Rosa Robson and Janine Harouni who play Iain's housemates, Ashley and Thalia.
Rosa said: “Ashley is pretty stuck. She’s in a job she isn’t sure about and in a relationship she’s not sure about, but nothing is so bad she wants to make a change. So she’s treading water and involving herself in other people’s relationships.”
Janine added: “Thalia likes to wear a lot of leather, a lot of black – hard on the outside soft on the inside. I think she probably has one or two concealed weapons with her at all times.”
Ashley's former flame Robbie also lives with them and is played by Sean Sagar. “Robbie is a cool cat. He's doing well in life but now he's thinking about reuniting with Ashley and deciding that’s what he wants.”
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Completing the cast of housemates is Jessie Cave, who plays Rosie.
"She is the landlord of the house they live in and she’s slightly odd. And fun. And kind," Jessie explains. "But she lives in another world really and is content to be that way. She loves everybody and is a fun person.”
Elena Saurel stars as Iain's on-screen love interest, television producer Olivia.
When asked about her role, she explained: “I’m essentially their boss at the TV company they work for, which is an incredibly frustrating job in real life – and on set as well. She’s similar to a lot of women in my life. She’s at that age when she’s trying to figure out when to start a family. She’s good at her job and good at managing everyone else’s life – but her personal life is a mess.”
Buffering begins Thursday 5 August at 10pm on ITV2. Or, stream all episodes on ITV Hub.
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