What is it? Bottled up is a 6x30 min single camera sitcom. It is a format that allows us to tackle big science fiction concepts in the recognisable setting of a university campus. What’s it about? Midland University in Coventry offers a course that you will not find in the prospectus, a course that is unknown by students and lecturers alike. ‘BA Genie (Hons)’ is a qualification that all Genies need before they can practice professionally. It is a four-‐ year course covering all aspects of magic and wish management. Lectures take place secretly in jars, vases and lamps all over the university campus. It is forbidden for any undergraduate Genie to exit a lamp or bottle into the ‘Normal’ university. Most Genies wouldn’t dream of breaking this rule, but Jen is different. While most Genies are studious and reserved Jen is rambunctious, rebellious and urban. Think Tulisa Contostavlos. So when Jen hears rumours of a wild student party she entices an unwitting student, Daniel, to rub a bottle and release her from the confines of her ‘lamp’ for a night on the tiles.
Daniel is a socially awkward bookworm who dresses like a conservative MP. He lives in a typical student flat with Ade, a loudmouthed, good-‐for-‐nothing with a superiority complex and band t-‐shirts with food stains that date back several years. Jen recklessly uses her fledgling magical powers to grant wishes all night… but regrets it in the morning when she realises that she has been discovered and expelled. Now our trainee genie must get used to life in the real world. It is ‘Weird Science’ meets ‘Fresh Meat’. Genies? Boring! Yawn! Yuk! Fart! Some may think that genies and magic are elements belong to kids TV; this is not the case here. Our Genie is rude, vulgar, sexy and seriously badass… We will endeavour to appeal to a fresh, young, urban demographic. The genie mythology is old and stuffy, we won’t be dealing in puffs of smoke and magic carpets… our genie will be relevant to the digital age. Jen creates real life twitter feeds above the heads of other students so as Daniel can read their thoughts. Jen makes Ade famous by making him the focus of every TV show and magazine article on campus. Jen turns herself into a computer virus so as to enter the
university computer alter Daniel’s library fines… and grades. Jen creates folders on Ade’s computer containing the memories, thoughts and skills of everyone in his class… giving Ade the ability to swap, add and delete as he see’s fit. Ade wants to hold a 1940’s theme party so Jen opens a portal that leads to a world war two air raid bunker in 1943… this leads to a hip hop house party with the people of war torn Coventry.
THE CHARACTERS Daniel (19) Daniel feels trapped. He dreamed of going to a top university like Cambridge or Oxford where he would conduct intellectual conversation with like-‐ minded group of studious individuals… But he didn’t get the grades. Instead Daniel ended up in a division three ex-‐polly in Coventry where the students are more interested in TOWIE, Jaeger Bombs and collecting STD’s. Daniel is very middle class in his outlook. He embarrasses easily and seems uncomfortable in his own skin. Around women Daniel is shy and awkward, when around men Daniel always seems to be the butt of jokes. He is diligent and conscientious, he is bullied… he is a berk. His three wishes would be – To get a steady job with a pension scheme. To be able to do cryptic crosswords (these currently leave Daniel stumped) A to marry a nice, respectable girl. Sample lines 1. Intellect DANIEL I’m not exactly Einstein… I’m just more intelligent than you. DANIEL I just found Ade attacking his verrucca with our can opener. Its put me off using all of the kitchen appliances… he’s probably had our spice rack in his ear and the mug tree up his
bottom. The boy is an idiot. 2. On technology DANIEL All I’m saying is that fax machines are better than email. Technically it is the same principle but a fax comes on a piece of paper. Splendid. I refuse to switch. 3. Girls DANIEL I’m not good with women. I’m biding my time to get the divorcees on their second go around. When they realise they don’t want the ‘bad boys’ with their upside down hand shakes and complicated haircuts. ADE They’ll want you will they? ADANIEL Exactly. A sensible man who tucks his ironed shirt into his ironed pants and his ironed pants into his ironed socks. Then they’ll come begging, the fools. Think Jonny Sweet Ade (22) Ade feels trapped. This is the third time that Ade is sitting the first year of his course. The pass level for year one is ridiculously low, but Ade simply doesn’t do any work. Ade has always been content to
while away the days in the blind faith that he is will soon be catapulted to fame and fortune as an international rock star. Only recently has it dawned on Ade that he has absolutely no talent, in fact, he only knows two chords on the guitar. Suddenly Ade is older than all of his fellow students and he is starting to feel like a loser… only one solution, drink your beer and worry about it tomorrow. His three wishes would be Overnight stardom, he wants to be the next SuBo. To be left Mick Jaggers dick when he dies (Ade has sent letters, the police have told him to stop). A four in a bed romp with Kylie and Danni Minogue… and another Kylie Minogue. Think Nick Helm Sample lines 1. On housework ADE Daniel! Laundry question! DANIEL You’re doing laundry? That’s a first! ADE What setting on the tumble drier should I use to cook a chicken? The ovens bust. DANIEL Use the microwave. ADE Oh yeah. Good idea.
2. On getting a job. DANIEL There’s no such thing as a free lunch. ADE Yeah there is. I got a job as a pizza delivery boy, ordered my own pizza, delivered it late, ate my free garlic bread and quit. Free lunch and a two pound fifty wage. 3. On university work. ADE I always wear glasses when I revise. DANIEL Why? ADE Glasses make you smarter. Look at wise owls, they wear glasses and they are way smarter than shitty regular owls. ADE GOES BACK TO HIS BOOKS. SUDDENLY HE THROWS HIS PEN DOWN IN FRUSTRATION ADE Ah, this is too hard! I wish this uni did a degree in Mario cart. Question one, what do you do if you see a banana skin? Answer, swerve. First class honours nil problem-o. 4. On wishes. ADE ‘I’m going to wish for a pair of solid gold skinny jeans! They’re well sexy and when they get dirty you just give ‘em a wipe down with a chamois leather.’
Jen (The Genie) (21) Jen is a maelstrom. She is urban and streetwise with a nymph like youthful energy. She is extremely inquisitive and incredibly confident… with a liberal dash of mischief. Jen is spontaneous and hedonistic, she has no time for formality… she cant understand Daniel’s insistence that she doesn’t cause a scene. She is extremely tactile, and adored by everyone. She’s sexy too… But remember Jen isn’t cutesy, she is dangerous! Because Jen is in her first year of Genie training her skills are limited, she cannot grant big wishes (no £1,000,000,000, no world peace) only small ones, and only for a limited period of time. Think Tulisa Contostavlos. 1. On being a genie. JEN I bet you thought genies were blue and annoyin’. Screw that Robin Williams man, he bust up all our credibility. This is what a real genie looks like, believe. 2. On growing up. JEN Nah, I don’t live in no lamp, I ain’t Aladdin, I don’t live in no random, Arabian, jewel encrusted gravy boat. I grew up in a Smirnoff ice bottle, in a bottle bank in a Iceland carpark. I’m ghetto, you get me? ADE
Yeah, I get you. I grew up in South London, so, I’m pretty ghetto too. DANIEL Didn’t you grow up in Surrey? ADE Yeah… it’s very south South London. 3. On genie college. JEN It’s well strict. We’re not allowed out, ever… and there’s no Nando’s, no KFC, there’s not even a Chicken Cottage. When I lick my fingers it doesn’t taste of nuffink… NUFFINK!!!! That’s no life. That is bullshit.