The Inbetweeners

15 03 2011

My latest television fix is a British sitcom called “The Inbetweeners” (BBC Entertainment channel 120 on DSTV on Tuesday nights at 21h30.) It chronicles the lives of four 16 year olds at a British comprehensive school, and as the name suggests, the group of friends are not exactly what is considered to be “cool” but they are not too nerdy either.

I find it hilarious due to its sometime “toilet humour” but then my sense of humour falls into that department. The show’s writers, Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, have the wonderful ability to take the mundane everyday high school shenanigans of teenage boys and turn it into something outrageously funny. The delivery of each line is done in perfect comic timing, thanks to the acting skills of the main cast, Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison).

More importantly, it brings back all of those high school memories circa 1989 and 1990 especially. I was in Standard 8 and Standard 9 in those years (that’s Grade 10 and 11 to all those older than 35 like me!). My friends and I definitely fell into the nerdy category (do fellow scholars copying your homework fall into the geek compartment?) Despite this fact, I always had aspirations of being on the arm of the hottest combination of athlete and student, for the matric farewell. Sadly, that did not happen (a blog down memory lane for another day), but it was in the style of a true Hollywood teenage movie. No, not “Carrie”.

Anyway, thought you should see some clips of “The Inbetweeners” to tickle your funny bone, and to bring back some of YOUR high school memories. What a pity that they only made 6 episodes in series 1 and 2. Hopefully, we will get to see series 3 shortly (hint, hint DSTV/ BBC Entertainment).




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