Country of origin
First episode date
4 August 2011
Anne Marie O'Connor Paul Doolan Ash Atalla
Paul Doolan Chris Haywood Anne Marie O'Connor Nat Saunders Julie Rutterford Ben Edwards Stuart Farrell Rachael New Adrian Poynton Abigail Wilson
Paul Walker Jonathan Gershfield Paul Murphy Paul Harrison
See Cast and characters
Paul Walker, Jonathan Gershfield
Jason Watkins, Jane Horrocks, Faye McKeever, Carl Rice, Beverly Rudd
Trollied is a British sitcom about employees in a fictional supermarket named "Valco", which debuted on Sky 1 on 4 August 2011. The series was filmed in a purpose-built replica supermarket in the Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol throughout April and May 2011 for the first series with the second series being filmed in June and July 2012.
At the conclusion of series 1, Sky 1 confirmed that the series had been recommissioned for two additional series of 13 episodes each, and a Christmas Special in 2012. The third series began airing from 22 August 2013 and ended on 7 November 2013. A second Christmas Special for 2013 aired on 24 December 2013. On 20 March 2014 it was announced that Sky had commissioned a fourth series of Trollied which aired in October 2014. The fourth series started filming in Bristol in June 2014 and began transmission on 3 November 2014 and concluded on 22 December 2014. A fifth series began airing on 2 November 2015 and ended on 14 December 2015. A Christmas special aired in December 2015. In April 2016, Jason Watkins confirmed that a sixth series had been commissioned, with filming to begin in June. A sixth series began airing on 7 November 2016, ending with a Christmas special on 19 December 2016.
The show takes place in the fictional supermarket of Valco in Warrington, where the hapless staff deal with the everyday problems of running a value supermarket in the north west of England. The show explores the relationships between the staff, customers and managers as romances and rivalries blossom on the shop floor, along with a realistic supermarket atmosphere that customers and store employees in reality can relate to. This includes customer stereotypes and rivalries with other store branches such as Valco in Wigan.
Following the debut of Trollied, Ian Richardson, manager of Morrisons supermarket in Thornbury, wrote an article in The Guardian newspaper, saying the show was the topic of the discussion in the staff canteen and that he felt the attention to detail on the set was excellent, making a realistic setting. In Mr Richardson’s article he commented that the show portrayed many similarities with his supermarket, but he could not relate to the use of bad language on the shop floor or poor customer service levels. He felt that it was a shame there was not more customer interaction.
The first five series of Trollied are currently available on DVD on Region 2 in the United Kingdom. From 2011 to 2015, distribution rights to the series were held by FremantleMedia International, for which they released series one to four, and a set containing the first three series. After which, rights to the series were acquired by Network who commenced releasing from series five in 2016. Network will release series six in 2017, and a box set consisting of series one to five will also be made available in 2017.
The series was filmed on a set built by Sky TV at the Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol, UK. After filming on the location had completed and the set was ordered struck, BBC2 motoring entertainment show Top Gear destroyed much of the set by driving through it with three 1980's era hatchbacks. The segment aired on Top Gear Series 21, Episode 1.