GOOD sitcoms are hard to find. For every classic series like “Fawlty Towers” there are at least half a dozen abysmal offerings like “Allo, Allo”, “Oh, Dr Beeching!” or “You Rang, M’Lord?”. And even “Fawlty Towers” lasted only two seasons – a grand total of just 12 episodes.
So when a good, well-written comedy appears, grab it with both hands. That’s exactly what E4 have done with the brilliant “Inbetweeners”, now being repeated at various times of the week. If you haven’t seen it, it’s well worth investing in the DVD.
It follows four over-sexed teenage boys at an English comprehensive school, and their variously disastrous experiences with girls, cars, teachers, pubs and girls. The language is as coarse as I have ever heard on TV but it is hugely entertaining, largely thanks to the quality of the writing and the acting of the leading players. The four boys come across as vulnerable, insecure, confused, eager and very, very funny. In fact, pretty much like real teenagers. Oddly, given the filthy language, “Inbetweeners” is entirely charming and optimistic.
The point of all this enthusiasm is that I met an acquaintance recently who works for Channel 4, and when I told him how much I loved “Inbetweeners”, he told me that a second season has been commissioned. Excellent.
One word of advice: if you’re a teenager, don’t watch it with your parents in the same room. And if you’re the parent of teenagers, well, you get the picture.