|Created by||Damon Beesley
|Written by||Damon Beesley
|Directed by||Gordon Anderson
|Narrated by||Simon Bird|
|Opening theme||Morning Runner – "Gone Up in Flames" (instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||18 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Bwark Productions|
|Picture format||16:9 (576i SDTV)|
|Original run||May 1, 2008– 2010(hiatus)|
|Related shows||Rock & Chips
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The Inbetweeners is a British sitcom which aired for three series from 2008 to 2010 on E4. Created and written by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, the show followed the life of suburban teenager Will McKenzie (Simon Bird), and three of his friends at the fictional Rudge Park Comprehensive. The episodes involved situations of school bullying, broken family life, indifferent school staff and largely failed sexual encounters.
The show has been nominated for 'Best Situation Comedy' at BAFTA twice, in 2009 and 2010. At the British Academy Television Awards 2010, it won the Audience Award, and in 2010 the show won the Best Sitcom award at the British Comedy Awards. In the 2011 British Comedy Awards, the show also won the award for Outstanding Contribution to British Comedy. The Inbetweeners Movie was released on 17 August 2011 and became the highest-grossing British comedy of all time.
Damon Beesley and Iain Morris met as producers on Channel 4's The 11 O'Clock Show. Following posts as commissioners at Channel 4, where Morris shepherded Peep Show, the two launched their own company, Bwark Productions, in 2004 and landed their first series with The Inbetweeners. A pilot for the show was produced in 2006 under the direction of James Bobin titled 'Baggy Trousers'.
E4 originally aired the first series in May 2008, and Channel 4 also broadcast it in November that year. The second series began screening in the UK on 2 April 2009 and finished on 7 May 2009. A third series was commissioned by E4, commencing on 1 September 2010 and ending on 18 October 2010. The first episode of the third series had the highest-ever audience for an E4 original commission. Following the conclusion of the third series, the cast and crew of the show indicated that a fourth series would be unlikely as the show had run its course, but that an Inbetweeners movie would be produced, set some time after the third series and following the cast on a holiday in Malia, Crete, Greece.
For Red Nose Day 2011, the stars of the show travelled around the UK in the yellow Fiat Cinquecento Hawaii featured in the show in a special named The Inbetweeners: Rude Road Trip. The aim was to try to find the 50 rudest place names in the country.
- Will McKenzie – Simon Bird
- Simon Cooper – Joe Thomas
- Neil Sutherland – Blake Harrison
- Jay Cartwright – James Buckley
- Carli D'Amato – Emily Head
- Mark Donovan – Henry Lloyd-Hughes
- Mr. Gilbert – Greg Davies
- Charlotte Hinchcliffe – Emily Atack
NOTE: 2011 means they appeared in the movie
Will is the show's principal character, with his voiceover introducing and concluding each episode. In the first episode he has transferred from a private school, after his parents' divorce, to Rudge Park Comprehensive, where he eventually befriends three other boys – Simon, Neil and Jay. He is an unconventional hero – although he is generally the wittiest and most level-headed of the group, he is prone to making bad choices and his sarcasm occasionally leads to his making outrageous and offensive remarks. Will is bright and focused; he is academically able, and eager to get into a good university. He is romantically frustrated, and pessimistic about his chances, being acutely aware of his lack of any kind of coolness. He also annoys the head of sixth form, Mr Gilbert, by enthusiastically suggesting ideas and schemes that will mean more work for him. He is also the most sceptical of the gang about Jay's tall stories. Will's mother is considered highly attractive by the other boys, among others. He objects to comments on the subject, to no avail. Everyone in the school – even the school bully, Mark Donovan, and Phil Gilbert think his mother is "fit". Simon, Neil and Jay reluctantly become Will's friends after initially trying to avoid him for not wanting to seem "uncool". The group warm to him after several efforts to win their friendship – including successfully buying alcohol and "not having sex" with the school's most attractive girl. Will aspires to have a career in law or maybe the media. At the end of the second series, when the boys face exams, Will began to crack under pressure and relies on energy drinks to keep him going. This leads to him soiling himself, very noisily and publicly, in his final exam. After sitting it several hours late, he goes to the pub and gets very drunk - compensating for the fact that he has probably failed his Politics AS level. The public knowledge of Will's accident is a recurring theme in the third series. Another plotline is Will's attraction to and romantic involvement with Charlotte "Big Jugs" Hinchcliffe over the course of the show, the two of them have been known to spend time together, with Will usually messing it up. He nearly lost his virginity to Charlotte after telling her in school a few days before that he had had numerous lovers, although when they did attempt to have sex, Charlotte was let down by Will's unsuccessful attempt; in his own words "rubbing up against the perineum". In Series 3, Will is persuaded into going on a double date with Simon, Tara, and Tara's friend, Kerry (or "Big" Kerry according to Will). He is repulsed by her as she is taller than him, a bit ditzy and boring; however once he hears how she is infamous for giving blowjobs to her last few boyfriends, he goes along with it. They unexpectedly share a kiss when Kerry escorts him back home, which gives her the impression that they are now going out. At Neil's birthday party, Will can no longer pretend and tells her that they are not really going out, not knowing that Tara set the two up because she assumed Will could comfort her after her father died the month before. His breakup devastates her and causes a dramatic misunderstanding among Neil's relatives, who all take her side, and as a result, Will is kicked out by Neil's dad, who reports the incident to his mother. Will later attempts to arrange a final camp-out with the gang before they split up after leaving school.
Simon becomes good friends with Will after initially avoiding him due to his "actual briefcase", "clumpy shoes" and "gay hair". This was probably assisted in that Will was the only person not to ridicule him in the "Boner incident" (see the Entry on Carli D'Amato below). His first task of the new term is showing Will to his classes – a task assigned by the head of sixth form, Mr Gilbert – starting the friendship between the two. Simon is the oldest of the group but frequently seen to be the butt of his younger brother's jokes. He is the first to learn how to drive, having passed his practical test (in dubious circumstances) before Christmas and triumphantly takes a games console from his prematurely smug brother as spoils of an evident earlier bet, upon announcing his success to his family. This is probably the only time Simon is seen to best his brother. His father buys him a small, yellow Fiat Cinquecento Hawaii – which loses its passenger-side door due to a reversing incident at Thorpe Park, but later the door has been replaced, albeit with a red one. Simon, his friends and others think the car is highly embarrassing and is the vector for an unwitting character assassination of Simon by his girlfriend (she explaining she trusted Simon because the car was impossible to pick girls up in) to Jay's delight shouting "Oh Christ! She's done you!". Moreover, the most unfortunate feature of the car is that it has a tape deck. His parents briefly split up in the episode "The Duke of Edinburgh Awards", but they had reconciled by the end of the episode. Simon has had a crush on his childhood friend Carli D'Amato since she was eight, an interest which becomes more apparent throughout the series. Despite many pathetic attempts to show her his feelings – such as spray painting "I Love Carly D'Amato" (mis-spelling her name) on her driveway – for a long time she doesn't reciprocate, partly due to having a boyfriend, but capitalises heavily on Simon's willingness to do anything for her. In the final episode of the second series: "Exam Time", Carli seemed interested in Simon after she split up with her boyfriend and they end up kissing while revising for exams at Simon's house. In the third series, beginning with the episode 'The Gig and the Girlfriend,' Simon gets a girlfriend, Tara, with whom he goes to a concert and gets stoned. In 'Will's Dilemma' he is seen receiving a handjob from Tara at Neil's party (this was after Neil had given consent, loudly saying "Don't spunk on the sheets!" in an elderly relative's presence) and an episode involves Simon – accompanied by the rest of the group – going to Warwick to Tara's sister, where they plan to lose their virginity although Simon suffers erectile dysfunction at the crucial moment. Simon's awkwardness in intimate moments with the opposite sex was demonstrated in his "pillow talk" with Tara. When she prompted him as to what he intended to do with his erect penis, clearly uncomfortable, he panics and blurts out "I'm gonna fuck your fucking fanny off, you twat!" leaving Tara somewhat startled and his younger brother who has witnessed this to make a derisory comment and walk off shaking his head – further adding to Simon's pain. Simon is the most irritable and neurotic of the group, especially when in discussions with his family, where he frequently overreacts to gentle goading, family rules and even kindly advice, being prone to bouts of hysterical swearing at the slightest provocation. However he is also shown in several scenes to be the kindest and most loyal member of the group, and he maintains a closer relationship with Will than any of the other characters. He is also the most romantic of the boys, his on-off relationship with Carli propelling many of the plots. His father tries to maintain a frank and friendly relationship with him, delivering heart-to-hearts in which he often shares intimate details of his own sexual relationship with Simon's mother – and her responses – which Simon finds acutely embarrassing.
Jay is obsessed with sex, with almost all his comments being about the subject. In his mind, he is the most sexually experienced of the group, frequently telling wild stories about his exploits, and handing out highly dubious advice which demonstrates that in reality he has very little understanding of the subject - a good example of this is in the first episode when asked by Neil that during the act of copulation "do you put the balls in?" he advises Neil "you can do, some girls like it, some don't". He frequently lies and exaggerates about his experiences, sexual and otherwise – often making crude comments about girls/women – and has a generally misogynistic outlook. In fact he is the least sexually experienced of the group, frequently relying on pornography to attain gratification, as he finds it difficult engaging with girls. His father contradicts Jay's claims in an often bullying nature, claiming Jay is very unsuccessful with women (this is likely the source of Jay's obsession), and is always demeaning him in some way or another in front of his friends. At the end of the first series, he opens up to John, admitting that many of his stories are somewhat exaggerated because he is worried that people do not notice him, and that he is afraid of being ignored. It is implied in the last episode that Jay may have been sexually abused by his neighbour, when Neil mentions a "game" that Jay and the neighbour used to "play" in the garden shed, which Jay denies abruptly, clearly very uncomfortable that Neil has recalled this. As well as this, he is often arrogant, pushy and gutless, goading the others (especially Simon and Will) into doing some rather unsavoury things to 'prove a point', which frequently gets them into trouble (and to which he does not have the stomach to do himself). Another recurring theme of Jay's character is that he often steals things, such as hair removal cream ("Duke Of Edinburgh Awards") and a sexy flyer for a party ("Will's Birthday") from a girl named Sadie Cunningham, often saying that he "stole it out of Sadie Cunningham's bag during registration." This is further enforced when Will is terrified that Jay will steal things from his house while his mother holds a party in the garden (his friends were forbidden from going inside for exactly this reason) - probably with good cause especially as Jay and Neil have expressed a wish to rummage through his mother's underwear.
Neil is known to be the slow, somewhat dim-witted and gullible "nice guy" member of the group. He often fails to appreciate he is responsible for situations he has caused – blocking the toilet at Will's, soaking Simon's car upholstery with various bodily fluids etc. He fails to pick up on sarcasm, often taking comments seriously and consistently believes Jay's compulsive and blatant lies. Neil's simpler mind means he is often friendly and outgoing as well as more accepting of Will and he displays less of the selfishness and obsession with sex as the others. He works at Thorpe Park as a mascot/character and it appears he is the subject of bullying by fellow employees – although in typical Neil fashion this point is lost on him and he finds it amusing that his clothes keep going missing saying with a laugh that "Last time this happened they burnt them!". He also used to work at Asda and early in the movie we see Neil behind the deli-counter at a supermarket serving a line of customers. He can do "The Robot" – in fact it is the only dance moves he has which he performs at every opportunity with abject concentration to quite skilled effect. He has a crush on his biology teacher Miss Timms, the partner of fearsome head of Sixth form, Mr. Gilbert. His friends tease him about his father being gay (the term the group like to use being bender or Will's portmanteau (while drunk) "bumder"), both Neil and his father strongly deny these rumours. He has, along with Simon, passed his driving test and owns a car, but he is yet to drive it as it does not have an engine. Despite being the slowest member of the group and less outwardly concerned with sex, he has by far the most luck with women, fingering several girls, and having spent a night in Simon's car with a Goth in the series one episode "Caravan Club." It is also revealed that he snogged and fingered Charlotte Hinchcliffe after Will was with her, although telling Will only of the snog but gesturing to the others behind Will's back. He also managed to get a blow job off Will's crying date Kerry at his 18th birthday party. In a deleted scene from Series 3, Neil's father reveals that Neil's middle name is Lindsay. In the show, Neil is known to end up with sexual encounters with various seen and unseen female characters on the show, eventually ending up with chlamydia - which he is actually happy about, since he assumed her text saying 'the test was positive' meant that she was pregnant. Neil has many personality "ticks": he becomes emotional and "teary" when he needs to defecate but cannot, he occasionally urinates sitting down "as a treat" (he defecated in a bidet as a treat whilst on holiday, having believed Jay's claim that it was the "children's toilet") and has a "problem" with bed-wetting - possibly latent trauma due to his mother and fathers divorce in his early years. In the season two episode "Work Experience" it is also seen that he suffers from shy bladder syndrome.
Carli is the main love interest of Simon. She demonstrates a good deal of influence over her peers including school bullies. Simon's and Carli's families have been friends since the two were eight years old and this likely accounts for Simon being able to approach a girl in such a different social circle. Generally, Carli has little romantic interest in Simon but uses his obvious infatuation to her own advantage, even encouraging Simon to study a subject he is not doing at school purely to assist in her own revision. This will damage Simon's chances of passing his own exams but he is evidently happier to assist, informing Will that he "can always re-sit". Simon is quite stricken and thinking about her and trying to be near her occupies much of his time. He commits several embarrassing faux pas while pursuing her including; as already mentioned declaring his love in a huge painted love-heart on her parents driveway, being drunk and vomiting profusely over Carli, her kitchen and her brother and sneaking into her house at night. The latter caused upset between the two families with Simon's own father thinking Simon might be harbouring paedophile tendencies towards her little brother (he mistook the room for Carli's) and her father telephoning Simon to inform him that if he goes near their house again, he's "gonna fuck [him] up" - a message conveyed to a vomiting, hung-over Simon by his father. Carli is generally friendly towards Simon much of the time but this is purely platonic. She is often accompanied by friends (particularly Rachael) when Simon interacts with her and due to Simon's infatuation he usually makes a complete idiot of himself. Her friends are often seen ridiculing Simon in front of her and question her judgement in having anything to do with him. In the first episode, Carli engages Simon in conversation and as she leans forward to smell his aftershave, he glimpses her cleavage and bra through the open neck of her shirt and becomes aroused. Jay immediately latches on to this fact and publicly announces it to the other pupils in the common room leading to him to be given the nick-name of "boner". Carli has a much older boyfriend who owns a car and only when they split up briefly does Simon finally get the intimate moment with her he has dreamed of. Carli crushes Simon later that same day by announcing that she has reconciled with her boyfriend - although early in the movie, it is clear they have started dating again and possibly for some time. Simon being overjoyed with this saying it has contributed to the best year of his life - at which point he is crushed once more as Carli dumps him again. Carli does not appear to be held in such high regard by the other three boys (especially Will and Jay) and is often referred to in derogatory terms, much to Simon's annoyance. Simon being dumped at the end of school prompts them all to go on a "lad's holiday" so Simon can get over "The Moan-a-tronic 5000". They all agree but it ends up being largely over-shadowed by Simon's obsessing about Carli which is a major theme throughout the movie. It is not helped by Neil's poor planning which has resulted in them going on holiday to the same place as Carli and Rachael. Even though Simon has been deeply affected by his split with Carli, she seems oblivious and proceeds to use him in one of the closing scenes to make another man jealous by kissing him passionately, all the time with her eyes on the other man to gauge his reaction and muttering to herself "that should do it". While trying to use Simon in further goading, he finally sees his feelings have little value to Carli and decides to leave and meet up with a girl he met on holiday who actually quite likes him but whom he has bored rigid with stories about Carli. The inference is that Carli will no longer figure emotionally in Simon's life (despite them inevitably meeting through family ties) and she has lost her hold over him.
Charlotte is the most attractive and popular girl in the school. She is very confident and a year above the four boys. She mentions to Will that she has had “eleven lovers already” including the bully and “school psycho” Mark Donovan. She is held in very high regard and her arrival at a rather dull party with her friends causes the boys to remark that it was now officially the coolest party they’ve been to, demonstrating the influence of her high social status. At this party she strikes up conversation with Will and it is clear she is quite intelligent. Will reciprocates and she finds herself quite captivated at his level of wit and intellect and the two end up going upstairs to an empty room for a more intimate moment – much to the amazement of all four boys. She ends up arranging to have sex with Will the following Friday believing Will not to be a virgin but he demonstrates that despite his claims he is fairly clueless about the actual act of copulation. Charlotte ends their brief relationship but continues on friendly terms with Will causing him to believe that he still has a chance. She takes some advantage of this situation but not to the extent of Carli with Simon and invites him to keep her company as she tends the bar at an under-eighteens disco – but reinforces that it is not a date. Will’s work experience colleagues conspire to meet Charlotte here to see if what Will has been telling them is true. It isn't and an enraged Charlotte throws a drink over Will and makes it plain she doesn't want anything more to do with him. At some point in the future when Charlotte has evidently gone on to university, she returns one night for the school fashion show and talks Will into participating. Will had vehemently opposed this form of fund-raising and even fallen out with a fellow, wheelchair-bound pupil (the subject of the charity) over it. Upon an invitation from Charlotte however, Will completely abandons his ethics and moral high-ground to join her – he actually enjoys it and gets a bit carried away which causes a further confrontation with the disabled boy. Moments after their performance, Charlotte crushes Will by telling him that she would love to have a boyfriend just like Will (she is still somewhat captivated by his personality being very different from the other boys at the school). He suggests he should become her boyfriend but she laughs it off rejecting him saying that she doesn't want him, just someone like him. Will, appearing somewhat hurt, declines accompanying her to the after show party.
Mark is one of the series' main antagonists and Will's nemesis. He is the school bully who often picks on Will. This is partly because he caught Will kissing his ex-girlfriend Charlotte. Donovan is somewhat sensitive, ensuring that Will is "gentle" with Charlotte and becoming aggressive towards exchange student Patrice when he's caught in bed with Charlotte. He is the typical bully, who is polite and friendly in front of parents or teachers. When he reveals his sensitive side to Will, he threatens him with death if he speaks of it. He appears to be less hostile towards Jay, Simon or Neil. In series 3, it is revealed that Mark is doing drugs, including what seems to be cannabis. However, he seems bewildered in one episode when Neil asks him for "puff" because "Jay's mate's in Afghanistan." Although it was probably Neil's stupidity throughout the conversation more than anything else that bemused him.
Mr Gilbert is the cynical and permanently angry head of sixth form and answers to the headmaster of the school. Physically he is very tall and strongly built which everyone finds quite intimidating, being described by Will as a "lunatic giant". He has a biting wit and sarcasm which he uses to convey his dislike of his job and the children for whose care he is responsible. Will attempts to endear himself often with Mr Gilbert and is rebuffed – even on the one occasion when they both agree on something. Mr Gilbert evidently wants a quiet life and rather than ensuring fairness between the children he merely defuses situations and moves on often leaving things unresolved. He even extends this reluctance to punish the guilty by accusing Will of being a "grass" when Mark Donovan tied him to a chair and put a bin his head. He was about to tell Mr Gilbert who was responsible when he cautioned Will that the correct response to the question "How did this happen?" was "I tripped". The school has a problem teacher that is rumoured (and certainly appears) to be a homosexual paedophile. Mr Gilbert keeps an eye on Mr Kennedy to keep him out of trouble not as a means of protecting the children but to save himself and the school from scandal, hissing at him "I'm putting my f**king neck on the line for you, John" when he was caught trying to undress Neil after the fashion show. In the movie, an early scene is of his farewell speech to the departing sixth-formers. Rather than a pep talk, it amounts to a selfish parting-shot to remind the children that he has no regard whatsoever for them now his legal obligations to them are fulfilled with a chilling warning that should his wish for no further contact be disregarded, he “can be one, truly, nasty f**ker”. The final sentence of this speech crystallises precisely his selfish view of his job: “Good luck with the rest of your lives – and try not to kill anyone. It reflects very badly on all of us here”. He appears to very strongly dislike Will, his feelings presumably deepening when Will loudly soiled himself while taking an exam after being foolish enough to drink too many energy drinks, forcing a greatly irritated and bewildered Gilbert to remove him from the class. When Will is bullied by his work-experience employer and colleagues (who had all taken offence to some comments Will had made which admittedly made him sound as though he considered them all to be stupid and beneath him), Mr Gilbert is confronted about it by Will's mother. During this meeting it is clear that he has trouble controlling his laughter when given the details - at one point having to excuse himself from the room so he can laugh out-loud. Mr Gilbert's love interest is fellow teacher Miss Timms and he shows great restraint when dealing with Neil after he tried to seduce her at the school Christmas party. At one point it might be that this relationship has foundered - Mr Gilbert joined the long line of men and boys interested in a relationship with Will's mother when he heard she was internet dating an old friend. He remarked to Will that he might end up calling him "daddy" - an example of his psychological warfare with the children. He is also occassionally bemused as well as annoyed by Neil's idiotic behaviour, such as when the latter referred to being a pilot as "driving aeroplanes" and throwing a plate at a wall like a frisbee and breaking it right in front of him, leaving Will, Simon and Jay likewise dumbfounded at Neil's stupidity.
Episodes of the first, second and third series can be viewed by United Kingdom and Irish viewers through Netflix and Lovefilm, Channel 4's service, 4oD, and on YouTube. The Inbetweeners: Rude Road Trip is also available as is Top Ten Inbetweeners Moments.
|Air date||Episode||Viewers||E4 rank|
|1 May 2008||"First Day"||321,000||#10|
|1 May 2008||"Bunk Off"||321,000||#8|
|8 May 2008||"Thorpe Park"||305,000||#10|
|15 May 2008||"Girlfriend"||436,000||#8|
|22 May 2008||"Caravan Club"||432,000||#6|
|29 May 2008||"Xmas Party"||422,000||#6|
|Air date||Episode||Viewers||E4 rank||Multichannel rank|
|2 April 2009||"The Field Trip"||1,210,000||#1||#4|
|9 April 2009||"Work Experience"||1,182,000||#1||#8|
|16 April 2009||"Will's Birthday"||1,057,000||#1|
|23 April 2009||"A Night Out in London"||1,015,000||#1||#7|
|30 April 2009||"The Duke of Edinburgh Awards"||1,205,000||#1||#4|
|7 May 2009||"Exam Time"||1,205,000||#2||#7|
|Air date||Episode||Viewers||E4 rank|
|13 September 2010||"The Fashion Show"||3.456m||#1|
|20 September 2010||"The Gig and the Girlfriend"||3.336m||#1|
|27 September 2010||"Will's Dilemma"||3.572m||#1|
|4 October 2010||"The Trip to Warwick"||3.456m||#1|
|11 October 2010||"Home Alone"||3.721m||#1|
|18 October 2010||"The Camping Trip"||3.701m||#1|
The Inbetweeners: Top 10 Moments
In 2011, a special titled The Inbetweeners: Top 10 Moments aired on Channel 4, featuring a countdown of the top 10 moments of the show. The documentary featured interviews with fans of the show, such as Jimmy Carr, Anthony Head, Ricky Gervais, Harry Enfield, Amy Childs, Jorgie Porter, Gemma Merna, Tori Black, James Argent, Mark Wright, Rochelle Wiseman and Una Healy, among others.
The opening theme tune to The Inbetweeners is an instrumental version of "Gone Up in Flames" by English rock band Morning Runner. The first series also features instrumental music by Rachel Stevens, Tellison, Paolo Nutini, The Maccabees, Air Traffic, Calvin Harris, The Ting Tings, Arctic Monkeys, Theaudience, The Fratellis, Vampire Weekend, Two Door Cinema Club, Mystery Jets, Phoenix, General Fiasco, Gorillaz, Hot Chip, Belle & Sebastian, Field Music, Jamie T, The Libertines, Rihanna, Oasis, Jack Peñate, Guillemots, The Feeling, Kate Nash, The Wombats, The Jam, The Cure, Lily Allen, Mumm-Ra, Kylie Minogue and Feist. The second series also featured instrumentals of Adele, Oasis, Biffy Clyro, Passion Pit, Royworld, MGMT, Maximo Park, and The Cribs and the third series also featured instrumentals of Ludacris. A full list can be found on the E4 website. A soundtrack album, The Inbetweeners Soundtrack, was released in 2009.
The first series began on 1 May 2008, with the pilot episode garnering 238,000 viewers. The series averaged 459,000 viewers, with 474,000 viewers watching the series finale. The Inbetweeners received two nominations at the British Comedy Awards; the show was nominated for "Best New British Television Comedy (Scripted)" and Simon Bird was nominated for "Best Male Comedy Newcomer". Both won their respective categories. The show was also voted by the British Comedy Guide website as the "Best New British TV Sitcom 2008". It was nominated for "Best Situation Comedy" at the British Academy Television Awards 2009, ultimately losing out to The IT Crowd. It then won the Audience Award at the British Academy Television Awards 2010.
The first episode of series two, which aired on E4 at 10 pm (BST) 2 April 2009, averaged 958,000 viewers, with another 234,000 viewers watching at 11 pm on the time-shift channel E4 +1 meaning it was watched by 1.2 million, the highest audience of 2009 for E4.
Joe McNally, writing for The Independent, commends an "exquisitely accurate dialogue, capturing the feel of adolescence perfectly" and Will Dean of The Guardian comments that the show "captures the pathetic sixth-form male experience quite splendidly". The series is often contrasted with E4's successful teen drama, Skins; commentators have offered that "The Inbetweeners' portrayal of dull suburbia is closer [than Skins] to the drab teen years most of us spent, rather than the decadent time we wished we spent."
Episode one of series three aired on 13 September 2010 on UK digital terrestrial network E4, attracting a record breaking overnight average audience of 2.6m viewers (12.5% audience share) in its 10 pm slot, the highest ever viewing figure for a show screened on the channel until 2011 when Glee beat the record. For this series it was moved to Monday instead of Thursday but kept its 10pm slot.
In 2010, The Inbetweeners started airing in Australia on the Nine Network's digital channel GO!, on Super Channel in Canada, on the comedy channel TV4 Komedi in Sweden, on TV2 in New Zealand, on MTV Latin America.In Israel, yes Next aired the first 2 series, while the 3rd series airdate is unknown. The 3 seasons came in 2012 to HOT VOD.
|United Kingdom||E4/Channel 4||1 May 2008|
|1 May 2008
9 January 2012
|Colombia||MTV Latin America||2010|
|France||MCM; NRJ12||28 February 2011|
|Russia||2x2||31 November 2011|
|United States||BBC America||25 January 2010|
|Norway||NRK 3||Summer 2011|
|Netherlands||Veronica||6 December 2011|
- Best New TV Comedy, British Comedy Awards 2008
- Best Male Comedy Newcomer (Simon Bird) British Comedy Awards 2008
- Best New British TV Sitcom, The Comedy.co.uk Awards 2008
- Best Comedy Show, TV Quick & TV Choice Awards 2009
- Nominated for Best Situation Comedy, British Academy Television Awards 2009
- Best TV Show, NME Awards 2010
- Best Television Comedy Actor (Simon Bird) British Comedy Awards 2009
- Nominated for Best Situation Comedy, British Academy Television Awards 2010
- YouTube Audience Award, British Academy Television Awards 2010
- Best Situation Comedy, Rose d'Or Awards 2010
- Digital Choice National Television Awards 2011
- British Comedy Academy Outstanding Achievement British Comedy Awards 2011
- Best Comedy, 2012 Empire Awards
- Series 1 was released on DVD on 2 June 2008.
- Series 2 was released on DVD on 18 May 2009.
- Series 1-2 boxset was released on DVD on 18 May 2009.
- Series 3 was released on DVD on 25 October 2010.
- Series 1–3 boxset was released on 25 October 2010.
- The Inbetweeners Movie was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on 12 December 2011 in the UK.
All of the DVDs received an 18 certificate due to their high number of strong language and sex references. The theatrical version of The Inbetweeners Movie received a 15 certificate in the United Kingdom, with the extended cut release receiving an 18 certificate.
|This section lacks ISBNs for the books listed in it. (November 2012)|
There have been two books released:
- The Inbetweeners Yearbook was released by Century Books on 29 September 2011.
- The Inbetweeners Scriptbook was released by Century Books on 25 October 2012.
In September 2009, Beesley and Morris confirmed that a film had been commissioned by Film4. The plot revolves around the four boys, now eighteen years old, going on holiday to Malia, Greece. It was released in cinemas on 17 August 2011 with a 15 certificate. Up until the end of November, the film had grossed over £45 million in the UK box office against a budget of just £3.5 million. On May 1st 2013, it was announced that a sequel will be set in Australia and will release in 2014
On 3 July 2012, it was announced that the original film would be released in the United States on 7 September 2012, but it was very unsuccessful. A U.S. version of the film is also in the works.
In 2008, Iain Morris and Damon Beesley were asked by ABC to produce a pilot for a US version of The Inbetweeners. The pilot was not picked up by the network, but they have given Morris and Beesley a second blind script commitment for a future project which the two will create.
On 31 March 2011, it was announced that MTV had ordered a 12-episode first season for a U.S. version of The Inbetweeners. A pilot episode, written by Brad Copeland, was given the green light in September 2010. Copeland also serves as executive producer on the series along with Beesley and Morris. The series ran for one season from 20 August to 5 November 2012, before being cancelled by MTV due to low ratings.
The US version began airing in the UK on 5 December 2012 on E4. A UK DVD release of the US version was released on 8 January 2013.
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- – The Top 10 Moments from the First Two Series
- Inbetweeners Soundboard
- The Unofficial Inbetweeners Blog