Jerk follows the life of acclaimed stand up Tim Renkow, who plays a heightened version of himself; an American art school dropout who needs to get a visa to stay in the UK. The only problem is that Tim has cerebral palsy. This means that people judge him… all the time. Although usually they judge him wrongly, because what they don’t realise is that inside that severely disabled, vulnerable body is an incurable joker.
Tim knows he makes people uncomfortable – he knows it because he does it on purpose. He knows that having cerebral palsy means he can get away with saying what others can’t. But that’s his issue: time spent taking aim at life’s easier targets means Tim takes his eye of it’s bigger prizes:the job, the relationship and the visa.
JERK broadcasts Mondays on BBC 1 at 11pm from 4th March 2019.
GUARDIAN REVIEW ★★★★
"Tim Renkow has created a Larry David for a new generation"