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Watch the opening episode of The Support Group, the first ever online sitcom inspired by office-based football banter between four colleagues.

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Each episode will appear on site every Thursday and centres on football-obsessed work colleagues Geoff, Spencer, Ronnie and Martin as they tease, taunt and banter with each other in response to actual topical stories from the football world.

Created and produced by Chris Little (A League of Their Own, British Comedy Awards) and Jonathan M. Stern (I Want Candy, St Trinians) and produced by Bwark Productions, The Support Group team will script a brand new episode every Monday inspired directly by the hot football topics fresh from the weekend.

From March 14 onwards, fans will be able to watch new episodes online every Thursday from lunchtime until the end of the domestic and European football season.

Geoff is an Aston Villa fan and as such has had to learn to deal with disappointment in life. In fact he's come to expect it. He's smart and funny but a natural born cynic, worn down by his job and his colleagues. Like Villa there was once a time when he had the world at his feet but in recent years he has become stuck in a rut and those glory days seem ever more distant.

Spencer doesn't really like anything in life except for Chelsea Football Club. He hates Rafa, he hates Financial Fair Play and he hates pretty much every other football team and fan on the planet. He's a massive wind-up merchant but just because he dishes it out, doesn't mean he can take it. He has a tendency to explode when the boot is on the other foot.

Liverpool fan Ronnie is a Red born and bred. He's in his early twenties but you suspect still sleeps under a bright red This Is Anfield duvet. Unlike the cynical Geoff, Ronnie thinks football today is the best that it's ever been. He likes the bling, he likes the WAGs and he's always certain that this is the year that his beloved sleeping giant will wake up, pop in a pair of diamond stud earrings and trample its way back to the top of the Premier League.

Martin is a middle manager and supposedly a Manchester United fan - but it's pretty evident that he knows very little about football. What he does know is that it gives him something to talk to Geoff, Spencer and Ronnie about and that makes him feel accepted. Why he wants to be accepted by Geoff, Spencer and Ronnie is anyone's guess but it beats spending his entire time trying to get them to get a bit of work done and shut up about football.

The Support Group is sponsored by Domino's Pizza and you'll be able to watch each episode every Thursday afternoon in our Video section.

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