Beaver Falls (TV series)

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Beaver Falls
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Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Iain Hollands
Starring Sam Robertson
John Dagleish
Arsher Ali
Natasha Loring
Kristen Gutoskie
Jon Cor
Todd Boyce
Alison Doody
Opening theme "Billionaires" by Your Twenties
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) George Faber
Charles Pattinson
Producer(s) Mat Chaplin
Location(s) South Africa
Camera setup Single camera
Running time 44-48 minutes
Production company(s) Company Pictures
Distributor All3Media
Broadcast
Original channel E4
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Surround
Original run 27 July 2011 (2011-07-27) – 10 September 2012 (2012-09-10)
External links
Website

Beaver Falls is a British comedy-drama that follows a trio of Oxford Brookes University graduates who managed to deceitfully get jobs at Beaver Falls, an elitist American summer camp for the beautiful teenage offspring of California's rich and powerful. The first episode aired on E4 at 27 July 2011. The show was renewed for a second series, which aired on Monday 6 August, also on E4. [1]

On 22 September 2012, it was reported that E4 had cancelled Beaver Falls.[2]

Plot[edit]

Series One

Flynn, Barry and Adil (A-Rab) fly out to a summer camp in California hoping for two months of sun, booze, and gorgeous horny women. But their dream turns into what seems to be a nightmare when they're appointed to look after a cabin full of social misfits. Generally known as the 'Chunk Bunk' their cabin is terrorized by the jock cabin. Flynn's mission is to sleep with every woman that he can without getting caught, A-Rab wants to get over the girl of his dreams, and Barry just wants to meet a girl. Unbeknownst to A-Rab and Barry, Flynn is actually in America because he has Motor Neurone Disease (the same disease that affected Stephen Hawking) and is aware that he may not have long to live.

By the end of the series, A-Rab has successfully left his ex-girlfriend in the past, and instead fallen for Rachael, the camp's guidance counsellor, but is let down regardless after discovering that she sympathetically slept with Flynn after he confessed his condition to her. Kimberley leaves Jake in Barry's favour, and has sex with him during the last night at the camp. Flynn contemplates suicide when he realises that he has betrayed A-Rab, and because he is afraid of how far his condition will take him, but ultimately chooses to face up to his future, and reconciles with A-Rab (after accepting a punch in the face).

Series Two

The trio return to Beaver Falls, hoping for another relaxed summer as Flynn's time ticks by, having now lost the use of his right arm to his condition. Flynn begins to fall for PJ, the camp-owners' daughter, Barry is thrilled to find that Kimberley is looking for a full relationship with him as long as he is in the country, and A-Rab attempts to reconcile with Rachael, only to learn that she is now married to the bumbling but well-meaning Mac. A rift is formed between the trio when A-Rab challenges Barry over his unreliable nature after Barry drunkenly rats A-Rab out to the police in the wake of a petty crime, and A-Rab instead comes to rely on Hope, a lively and cheerful - but completely untrustworthy - girl who only worsens the matter when she reveals Flynn's condition to the entire camp.

By the end of the series, Barry has learned to take more responsibility for his actions after he was mistakenly led to believe that Kimberley was pregnant. However, Jake, despite initially returning to the camp with a considerably more benevolent outlook on life, ultimately attempts to steal Kimberley back from Barry; though she rejects Jake, Barry chooses to stay as just a friend to her when he realises that she isn't ready for a serious commitment. Mac comes out as gay after a deep conversation with Barry, leading A-Rab and Rachael to reconcile; although this at first provokes a psychotic rampage from Hope, who has become obsessed with A-Rab, she eventually calms down when she realises that A-Rab has no interest in her, but, continues to try and ensure Beaver Falls is closed down. Flynn and PJ fall in love and impulsively decide to marry at the camp, with Flynn vowing to stay in America with her rather than return to Britain, and although the wedding is abruptly halted when Flynn confesses that he had slept with her mother the year before, the couple are ultimately married.

The show ends with Flynn and PJ driving off as the newly married couple. Barry, A-Rab, Rachel, Mac, and Kimberly swim in the lake - Mac decides to return to England with Barry and A-Rab - while Barry suggests they crash Flynn's honeymoon.

Episodes[edit]

Cast and characters[edit]

The main cast of Season 1. Bottom row from left to right: Natasha Loring as Kimberley, John Dagleish as Barry, Jon Cor as Jake, Arsher Ali as A-Rab and Kristen Gutoskie as Rachael. Top row from left to right: Todd Boyce as Bobby, Sam Robertson as Flynn, and Alison Doody as Pam.

Main cast

Actor Character Series
Sam Robertson Flynn/Andrew Spencer Series 1-2
John Dagleish Barry/David Fletcher Series 1-2
Arsher Ali A-Rab/Adil Hussain Series 1-2
Natasha Loring Kimberley Series 1-2
Kristen Gutoskie Rachael Series 1-2
Jon Cor Jake Series 1-2
Todd Boyce Bobby Series 1-2
Alison Doody Pam Series 1-2
Alex Wall Thurston Series 1-2
Jacob Chapman Brandon Series 1-2
Joshua Warner-Campbell Smallie/Hilary Series 1-2
Ben Hawkey Rick Jr Series 1
Wesley Lerwill Jizz Series 1
Clive Holloway Maurice Series 2
Tom Austen Mac Series 2
Emer Kenny Hope Series 2
Scarlett Alice Johnson PJ Series 2
Kamogelo Legote Clarissa Series 2
Nathan Robert Gus Series 1-2
Andrei Damane Buzz Series 1-2


Recurring cast

Actor Character Season(s)
Scarlett Rose Patterson Lily Series 1
Anjli Mohindra Saima Series 1
Bianca Meyer Penn Series 1

Productions[edit]

Filming began in February 2011 in South Africa.[3] John Dagleish stated that Beaver Falls was like The O.C. but with British humour. He also talked about fellow E4 show The Inbetweeners, "The Inbetweeners is great and it was a massive success so if we can replicate that we'll be really happy. If we can get half the success they get we'll be chuffed."[4] A second series was confirmed in October 2011.[5]

Broadcast[edit]

The first series underperformed only averaging 400,000 viewers an episode.[6] However, it was the third most popular title on 4oD in August 2011 with 1.4m views.[6] The second series premiered to 281,000 viewers, failing to match E4’s slot average of 355k (1.94%), in the face of stiff competition from the BBC’s Olympics coverage.[7]

Series Timeslot (GMT) # Ep. Premiered Ended Viewers
Date Premiere
Viewers
Date Finale
Viewers
1
Wednesday 10:00PM
6
27 July 2011
740,000
31 August 2011
430,000 400,000
2
Monday 10:00PM
6
6 August 2012
281,000
10 September 2012
TBA TBA

Reception[edit]

Critical reception has been mixed, with critics comparing Beaver Falls to The Inbetweeners, but stating that it falls some way short of comical brilliance.[8] Christopher Hooton of Metro felt that it was the usual teen comedy; the irresistible ladies man, the awkward virgin, the high school jock, the fat kid, the hot woman. Hooton also added "Beaver Falls is essentially a textbook covered in pencil-drawn penises, it was funny once upon a time but that time has passed."[9] Rachel Tarley of Metro stated: "Beaver Falls is shaping up to be a silly, lewd and pretty juvenile series, but with so much heart at its core, it's hard not to warm to these hapless characters and their stories."[10]

DVD releases[edit]

Name Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Discs
Series One N/A 13 August 2012[11] N/A 1
Series Two N/A N/A N/A N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beaver Falls series 2 E4 air date". Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Munn, Patrick (22 September 2012). "E4 Cancels Dramedy Series ‘Beaver Falls’". TVWise. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Friday, 11 February 2011, 13:03 GMT (2011-02-11). "E4 announces new drama 'Beaver Falls' - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  4. ^ "Newsbeat - Beaver Falls stars set for show debut on TV channel E4". BBC. 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  5. ^ "'Fresh Meat', 'Beaver Falls' renewed by Channel 4". Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Channel 4's 4oD sees August usage increase". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Beaver Falls struggles on E4 return". Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Beaver Falls - Falls Short". TV Pixie. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  9. ^ "Beaver Falls - season 1 - episode 1 - TV review". Metro.co.uk. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  10. ^ "Beaver Falls, series 1, episode 2: TV review". Metro.co.uk. 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  11. ^ "TV comedy DVDs coming soon". Retrieved 2 August 2012. 

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