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Channel 4


 1 x 30 minutes
Transmitted November 2007

A Century Films
production for First Cut
Channel 4

Photography
Adrian O'Toole
Composer
Lucy Rivers
Assistant producer
Kathryn Tregidgo
Producer
Elodie Gornall
Editor
Gareth Heal
Executive Producer
Ruth Pitt
Produced & Directed by
Tim Wardle

 

In Search Of Mr Average (2007)

According to statistics, the average Briton drinks 1,000 cups of tea a year, goes to the toilet six times a day, believes in God, hates brussel sprouts, is caught on camera 300 times a day, has 14 friends, spends 19 minutes preparing their dinner, and has sex eight times a month. But who exactly this average person? What do they look like? Where do they live?

This quirky and entertaining film follows director Tim Wardle's search for Britain's Most Average Person - the ordinary everyman or woman who epitomises the nation's habits, opinions and behaviour. Using a combination of humorous, telling and eye-opening stats, Tim journeys the length and breadth of the UK, gradually narrowing down his search for Britain's ultimate Mr or Ms Average until there is only one person left.

Can Tim find this definitive J Bloggs? And if so, what can he or she tell us about state of contemporary Britain? This compelling and humorous documentary follows Tim's extraordinary journey into the rarely seen world of the incredibly average.


"An amusing and informative film by a first time director"
Jacqui Stephens, Daily Mail

"A quirky little lozenge of a film... paints some touching vignettes of ordinary Brits"
David Butcher, Radio Times

"an amusing documentary... With a wry eye for the mundane Tim Wardle travels the the country in search of Britain's most average person. The resulting film is a welcome celebration of the ultra-ordinary"
Robert Collins, Daily Telegraph

"Tim Wardle directs and presents his debut, and comes across as fiendishly clever, but his basic idea is enchantingly simple."
Mail on Sunday

"Wardle's conclusion is profound... It is only when you are content with you lot that you can ever hope to be happy. Well said."
Stephen Pile, Telegraph