The aim
To give service staff an appreciation of the skills required to satisfy customers and represent the business in a professional light. About the program
Charlie, a service repair man, is called out to a number of typical service scenarios, but on each occasion he manages to criticize everything that's important to his business - the products he services, his customer, the salesperson they originally dealt with and his organization itself. The realistic scenes are not only amusing and highly watchable, but make some clear points about the role that service staff should be undertaking.

When repairing a couple's washing machine, Charlie shows no compassion that they are knee-deep in water, and just compounds their distress by criticizing the product's design and safety features. Next he is faced with a broken photocopier which a business needs urgently repaired, but just blames the organization for not looking after it correctly and for not calling him sooner.

At a computer centre a hi-tech machine has failed and needs a new part, but Charlie's call to head office gives the customer the impression that his company is inefficient and unable to help. Finally, when looking at a householder's faulty burglar alarm, he criticizes the engineer and salesperson before him, leaving the customer confused and unhappy.

When Charlie sees the light, viewers will appreciate that his role is as a trouble-shooter not a trouble-maker. He visits a restaurant to repair an oven and leaves the chef delighted with the service, taking out a new service contract and an order for a kitchen upgrade. The benefits
  • Engaging video with 25-year pedigree for achieving excellent results
  • Realistic scenarios valuable for all staff in a service role
  • Complements any training in customer-care skills, and is ideal for both new starters and as a refresher
Related training issues:
Face-to-face customer service Information:
A Video Arts production featuring Hugh Laurie, Tim McInnerny, Patsy Byrne and Alphonsia Emmanuel. Release date: 1997
After-sales service
Release Date
Nov 1, 1997
Video Running Time (minutes)
Video Arts Ltd.
Featured Talent
Patsy Byrne
Hugh Laurie
Tim McInnerny
Presentation Style
Humorous drama
Course ID