it is about time.
British producer/star of the time-travel romp “Timewasters” Daniel Lawrence Taylor was inspired by the fact that most period dramas feature homogenous actors.
“One of the important things about ‘timewasters’ is that you rarely get to see black people in period pieces. And that was so exciting to me — writing myself and other young black actors as well, and making it And bringing us all on screen together,” Taylor told The Post from her home in London.
Premiering Friday (11 June), the half-hour comedy originally aired on ITV2 in the UK and landed here on IMDb TV (Amazon’s free streamer). Set in London, the series follows four friends in a jazz quartet who discover an elevator that magically brings them from the present day to the 1920s. There, they find that members of high society embrace them, as jazz is all the rage.
“those days [that I created the show] I was randomly learning to play the trumpet – and I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to make a jazz band?’ And also, there were a lot of shows in the UK at the time like ‘The Inbetweener’ and ‘Drifters’ about a group of dudes going around doing crazy stuff,” Taylor said. “So, I thought, ‘What Wouldn’t it be nice if it was an all-black’ [friend] The show… Time Travel added a whole new layer to allowing me to satire a little and push the boundaries, which I’ve always enjoyed doing in my comedy. “
Taylor, who has also been on “Tracey Ullman’s Show,” said she added a personal touch to the “timewasters.” The jazz quartet is made up of Nick (Taylor), Jason (Cadiff Kirwan), Lauren (Adeleo Adedeo) and Horace (Samson Kayo).
“All the characters are named after my siblings,” he said. “Of course everyone finds their family funny, but I find my family quite funny. One of my siblings isn’t named after only one, it’s Horace. And the only reason for that was a joke that got cut. Gaya. So my brother Dominic is not happy with it. But I told him that [Horace’s] Middle name is Dominic.”
Although this is the first show that Taylor has created and starred in, balancing duties in front of and behind the camera wasn’t hard, he said — although it did have some challenges.
“I like both elements because they work on different sides of the brain. But it is always quite difficult to write something down and know that you are going to do it later,” he said. [scene] Where I go completely naked. And I remember writing, ‘Why am I writing this knowing I have to be naked?’ And then I think, ‘It’s okay; Before we do that, I’ll workout and look great!’ And obviously you don’t do those things.
“But the fun side is that you get to create the roles for yourself.”