|Alan Davies as Roland.|
It makes for a complex situation. Roland relies heavily on Bib, his sous chef and only friend. His cuisine creativity--already at low ebb--is stifled by the hotel's melodramatic owner. And he pines for the hotel manager, Caroline, whose dull boyfriend seems more interested in piglets than her.
A half-hour comedy, Whites debuted on the BBC in 2010 and ran for a single season of six episodes. The BBC's decision to not go forward with a second season is puzzling, because Whites is a sharply-written, well-acted show that mixes laughs with a dash of drama. The latter is typically a result of Roland's poor decision-making, such as when he selfishly sabotages Bib's chance at running his own restaurant in Australia.
Star Alan Davies began his career as a stand-up comic, first earning fame on television as the star of the mystery series Jonathan Creek. American viewers may know him best from the long-running, pseudo quiz show QI hosted by Stephen Fry (it's available on Acorn TV).
|Katherine Parkinson as Caroline.|
|Darren Boyd as Bib.|
There are various reasons given for the quick cancellation of Whites. Some sources claim that the BBC thought it was too expensive to continue production. In a 2013 interview, Alan Davies said he thought the BBC may have canceled it because he was still doing QI: "I asked, ‘Is that a factor? Can anyone give me a straight answer on that? If it is a factor, I’d rather quit QI.' Will I get cast as anything else?"
Still, six very funny episodes make a memorable season and a good reason to still watch Whites.
Whites is currently streaming on Acorn TV.