02 April, 2009
I was going to begin by mentioning the parlous state of British sitcoms but actually we've got several good shows at the moment including Moving Wallpaper, The Old Guys, The IT Crowd, FM, Gavin and Stacey, No Heroics, Peep Show, Free Agents and The Inbetweeners - which returns for a second series tonight.
The Inbetweeners is created and written by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris who are veteran comedy producers. In fact I was in contact with Morris when he was comedy commissioning editor at Channel 4. He wanted to produce my sitcom but wasn't prepared to up his offer so I turned him down.
The show is about teenage boys on the cusp of adulthood. The first series was seen through the eyes of Will McKenzie who was new to the school and ends up accidentally becoming friends with three other lads. It takes risks, it's confident but most importantly it's laugh out loud funny.
In the first episode of the show one of the characters has an Australian fake ID in the name of "Bret Clement". Co-incidentally one of the best episodes of the second series of Flight of the Conchords, featuring Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement, was written by them.
The Inbetweeners, E4, Thursdays, 10:00pm