Excalet

Self-Storage

Series 1

1. Break-Up

Dave heads to the storage unit where he will be storing his belongings after breaking up with his wife Sarah and moving out. He meets a neighbouring storage unit renter, Geoff, who appears to be the complete opposite of himself. Sister Judy visits and questions whether he is planning on living at the storage unit and offers some sympathy. At work, he is then fired after missing a meeting. As night approaches he runs through an inventory of everything in the unit before closing the door to settle in for the night.

2. Househunting

Having been caught on CCTV, Dave has been told he can only stay in the storage unit temporarily. Starting to look through adverts for a proper home, his sister Judy arrives and he accidentally gives away that he is living in the storage unit. She offers him a place to stay in the shed at the bottom of her garden, which he rejects citing the storage unit as a better option. Dave later attends a party with a number of other 'residents' in another storage unit though only three people turn up.

3. Jobhunting

Dave is on the search for a job and contemplates getting his old job back. His neighbour Geoff rings his former company and tries to convince his old boss to hire him again – eventually talking him into it with the promise of a architectural building designs worth millions. Realising his mistake of such grand promises, Geoff suggests working the storage unit reception desk instead and tests Dave with a difficult German visitor. Calling his former boss, Dave comes clean and is still left with no employment.

4. Family

Resorting to counting floor and ceiling tiles, Dave realises that he has lost his motivation. At the suggestion of taking up jogging, he sets off and begins to have disastrous thoughts about injuring himself. Upon returning to the storage building, his father arrives to see him, and turns out to be relatively impressed with his setup. While discussing his relationship breakdown with his father, Dave finds out that both his parents had affairs but managed to resolve their differences. Spending the remainder of the day playing petanque, his father leaves with their relations somewhat repaired.

5. Dating

While playing a game of chess, Dave is still struggling to come to terms with his relationship breakdown. Sister Judy arrives and begins an attempt to freshen up Dave’s wardrobe in preparation for a date Dave has arranged. Facing an evening in with neighbour Geoff, he decides to go however just as he is heading out, ex-wife Sarah arrives. Requesting the guide book for where they went on their honeymoon, she reveals she is taking another man to the same place. Date Liz arrives and Dave heads out with some renewed confidence.

6. Leaving

Dave is grumpy after spending a sleepless night in his storage unit. Becoming irritated by Ron and Geoff during breakfast, Judy offers him a place to stay at hers which leaves Ron and Geoff somewhat distraught. As he prepares to move out, Judy tells him he will have to pay rent which he can’t afford leaving him uncertain again. At his leaving meal, Dave finds that Judy’s partner is angry at the suggestion of Dave not paying rent, and Dave comes to the conclusion that he does actually enjoy staying in the storage unit. Judy has also moved in temporarily due to her relationship problems.

Series 2

Episodes in the second series did not use titles.

Episode 1

Judy has had a restless night and is pondering whether her relationship is over, which leads Dave to find out that she was only with Mickey for the past ten years after an astrologer was bribed to say they should be together. Mickey turns up at the storage unit with an offer of reconciliation, and Dave sets about helping him set things straight. The situation has him recalling meeting Sarah, before Judy and Mickey end up in a blazing argument. With the relationship on the brink as Judy decides she has had enough, she discovers that he is attempting to change with the promise of dauphinoise potatoes.

Episode 2

Dave has had a word put in for him to boring artist Sue who he dislikes, leaving him irritated when Judy reveals she has invited her over to the storage unit. Worrying about what he is going to talk about while they watch a movie, Geoff takes to helping him rehearse conversation. Sue is told about Dave's living situation by Judy, but is disappointed to find he isn't living in the warehouse artist commune she imagined. Nevertheless, still interested, Dave has a crisis of confidence that Sue could never be interested in him.

Episode 3

Planning on staying in on a Sunday night, Dave laments his current situation as his birthday has also arrived unforgotten until Judy brings him a card. Geoff decides on creating the "Storage Garden Supper Club", while Ron contemplates what to get him. Disappointed at his presents, he is taken to task by Judy about resolving his situation. With the birthday party going badly, the sprinkler system is activated by the charred remains of the trifle Ron was attempting to cook.

Episode 4

Dave has a bad haircut just before a job interview and has to take comfort from Geoff and Ron who try to provide encouragement while Judy takes to questioning his planned clothing choices. His life crises also compound when he receives a letter from mum and dad to paint their house, and believes he needs to do something with his life for fear of time running out. He soon receives a visit from ex-boss Des who offers him a job in consulting on pod-living, but turns down the opportunity.

Episode 5

Lamenting the state of technology while working from home for his new job. However, he finds Geoff is proving irritating and considers finally moving out to go back to live with his parents. When his father comes to visit at the storage unit, his suggestion of moving back in does not go as he hoped when his father offers him money to keep him out of the house after only just getting rid of all signs that Dave and Judy lived there as children. Dave also makes an attempt to ask colleague Lisa out and manages to get a date which goes well in the end.

Episode 6

Lisa asks Dave to move in with her after just a few months, and the news becomes worse for Geoff when Ron reveals he may also be moving on as the reception is being computerised. Taking to sorting out the storage unit, and intending on grabbing the opportunity with both hands, he recall events from his relationship with Sarah who turns up with news she has broken up with her boyfriend. Geoff takes to trying to convince Phil to become his new neighbour in an attempt to stave off loneliness. Lisa turns up in the van, and Dave makes the choice of his future.