Drifters (TV series)

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Genre Sitcom
Created by Jessica Knappett
Written by Jessica Knappett
Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Joe Tucker
Lloyd Woolf
Emerald Fennell
Directed by Simon Delaney
Tom Marshall
Al Campbell
Opening theme "Leeds United" by Amanda Palmer
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 24
Executive producer(s) Simon Wilson
Damon Beesley
Iain Morris
Running time 23 minutes
Original network E4
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release 31 October 2013 (2013-10-31) – present
External links

Drifters is a British sitcom that stars Jessica Knappett, Lydia Rose Bewley and Lauren O'Rourke as three female friends who live in Leeds following their graduation from university. All three actresses had previously appeared together in The Inbetweeners Movie.


The series first aired on E4 on 31 October 2013.[1][2] On 9 May 2014, Channel 4 announced they had ordered a second series of Drifters. The new series began airing on E4 on 23 October 2014 and concluded on 27 November 2014.[3] It began transmission on 23 October 2014, with each episode of the series premièring a week before its initial E4 broadcast on 4oD.[3] On 9 June 2015, Channel 4 announced that a third series had been commissioned.[4] It began broadcasting on 22 October 2015 and finished on 26 November 2015. In March 2016, Knappett confirmed that a fourth series has been commissioned.[5] It began broadcasting on 10 October 2016.



Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 6 31 October 2013 (2013-10-31) 28 November 2013 (2013-11-28)
2 6 23 October 2014 (2014-10-23) 27 November 2014 (2014-11-27)
3 6 22 October 2015 (2015-10-22) 26 November 2015 (2015-11-26)
4 6 10 October 2016 (2016-10-10) 14 November 2016 (2016-11-14)

Series 1 (2013)[edit]

Title Directed by Written by Original air date Reference
1 1 "Home"[6] Simon Delaney Jessica Knappett 31 October 2013 (2013-10-31) [7]
Meg and her cousin Bunny return home to Leeds, having cut short their gap year trip round India. They're greeted at the airport by their best friend Laura but - disaster - also by Meg's stalker-ish ex-boyfriend Mark. As far as Mark's concerned, they're still together. Unsurprisingly the homecoming doesn't run smoothly - and then there's also the small matter of finding a house and finding a job. Surely having got a degree and being now travellers of the world, the perfect life should all fall into place...?
2 2 "Scabies"[8] Simon Delaney Jessica Knappett 31 October 2013 (2013-10-31) [9]
Bunny and Laura are amazed when Meg scores a hot date while out on the street promoting a smartphone. Meanwhile, Laura is concerned that she may have a skin disease and Bunny has self-diagnosed depression. But it's not until the girls end up gate-crashing a party that things get really complicated.
3 3 "Work Experience"[10] Simon Delaney Jessica Knappett 7 November 2013 (2013-11-07) [11]
Meg finally gets a break when she's offered an internship at a local radio station. Can she seize her chance and make a big impact at 109.2 Pennine Hits? Laura suspects Gary of cheating on her and decides to take drastic action whilst Bunny is feeling ignored and is dreading spending a Saturday alone in the flat.
4 4 "Dry Run"[12] Simon Delaney Jessica Knappett 14 November 2013 (2013-11-14) [13]
The girls are appalled when they realise Meg hasn't had sex in nearly a year. At Bunny and Laura's urging she agrees to punch below her weight and pick someone to have sex with who should be grateful. A "dry run" if you will. And an old university colleague of Bunny's could be the perfect choice. Meanwhile Bunny thinks she's in love with her latest flame Hugh, a sexy sophisticated older man, but the other girls don't quite see him that way. And Laura is uncharacteristically throwing herself into work, shifting tickets in a "win this car" promotion.
5 5 "Friend Night Stand" Simon Delaney Jessica Knappett 21 November 2013 (2013-11-21) [14]
Meg makes a new friend and brings her back to the flat but the others think Ellie may have misunderstood the situation. Laura has just about had it with Gary and a chance encounter leads her to consider other options - while Bunny is having a passionate relationship with Cillian. But is he a crazy free-spirit or just a total knob?
6 6 "Nineties Night" Simon Delaney Jessica Knappett 28 November 2013 (2013-11-28) TBA
Mark reinvents himself as a DJ and asks Meg to help out at his 90s Night. Meg agrees out of sympathy: surely it's going to be a disaster, but on the night things don't go quite as she expected. Whilst trying to raise the rent money selling their clothes online, Bunny accidentally reveals more than she intended and things spiral out of control when she agrees to some lucrative modelling work with Laura along for the ride as her "agent". Pat Sharp, the host of 1990s TV show Fun House, makes an appearance during Mark's '90s Night.

Series 2 (2014)[edit]

Title Directed by Written by Original air date Reference
7 1 "Rock N Roll" Tom Marshall Jessica Knappett 23 October 2014 (2014-10-23) N/A
Meg is traumatised when her parents announce a trial separation. Meanwhile Bunny has started seeing the banjo player from promising but unsigned band The New Harvesters, and Laura finds herself taking care of Gary.
8 2 "Truth or Dare" Tom Marshall Jessica Knappett and Phoebe Waller-Bridge 30 October 2014 (2014-10-30) N/A
Meg organises a girls' night in, as they're all broke and single. The night spirals out of control when Laura and Bunny insist they play Truth or Dare?
9 3 "Goole" Tom Marshall Jessica Knappett, Joe Tucker and Lloyd Woolf 6 November 2014 (2014-11-06) N/A
Meg realises that everyone she knows is on the new dating app BangR.
10 4 "Leia" Tom Marshall Jessica Knappett 13 November 2014 (2014-11-13) N/A
Beautiful, free-spirited Leia arrives. Meg and Bunny know Leia from their trip to India, and everyone thinks she's amazing - except Meg.
11 5 "Hen Don't" Tom Marshall Jessica Knappett 20 November 2014 (2014-11-20) N/A
When Gary and Laura arrive at Gary's uncle's wedding, his new wife unexpectedly refuses meaning Gary and Laura have the chance of getting married for free. Laura puts Meg in charge of the hen party on the same weekend that she's going for a romantic break with Scott.
12 6 "Meg's New Job" Tom Marshall Jessica Knappett 27 November 2014 (2014-11-27) N/A
The three girls attempt to go their separate ways. Bunny begins to make online advice videos, Laura is running her very own night club with assistance from Malcolm and Meg gets a new job at a charity organisation.

Series 3 (2015)[edit]

Title Directed by Written by Original air date Reference
13 1 "Roomies" Al Campbell Jessica Knappett 22 October 2015 (2015-10-22) N/A
Mark wants to move out of the flat, which is great because Meg wants Bunny to move in. Bunny gets a part in a play but she hates her co-star. Laura and Gary set out to search for a new flat together.
14 2 "Skint" Al Campbell Jessica Knappett 29 October 2015 (2015-10-29) N/A
The girls' finances are at rock bottom. When there's not even enough money for food Meg hits on an unusual solution. Meanwhile Bunny gets an audition that requires mastery of a regional accent and Laura tries for a job as a waitress at Uncle Sam's Saturday Shack.
15 3 "Vanilla" Al Campbell Jessica Knappett 5 November 2015 (2015-11-05) N/A
Meg meets an old school friend who's done very well for herself. Re-kindling that friendship brings Meg an exciting job opportunity. Gary reveals a surprising internet enthusiasm and Bunny is on the run from her dad having maxed-out her emergency credit card.
16 4 "Hot & Cold" Al Campbell Jessica Knappett 12 November 2015 (2015-11-12) N/A
Meg finds herself in a relationship with a guy she nicknames "Hot and Cold". Has she got herself a boyfriend or just a casual sex partner? Bunny thinks she may have found a way in to the glamorous world of the theatre and Laura is furious when Gary takes a job in Glasgow, leaving her alone on her birthday.
17 5 "Plus One" Al Campbell Jessica Knappett 19 November 2015 (2015-11-19) N/A
Meg desperately needs a plus one for a very important occasion, Laura's patience is stretched thin when Gary's best friend Maggot comes to stay with them, and Bunny takes it upon herself to do Meg a favour.
18 6 "Wedding" Al Campbell Jessica Knappett 26 November 2015 (2015-11-26) N/A
It's Meg's little brother's wedding day and Meg is determined not to feel bad about being single. And, in any case, she's been given a very important role in the celebrations. Bunny tests her theory that it's easy to pull at weddings, while Laura faces accusations of disloyalty.

Series 4 (2016)[edit]

Title Directed by Written by Original air date Reference
19 1 "Halloween" Al Campbell Jessica Knappett 10 October 2016 (2016-10-10) N/A
Laura announces to her hot new colleagues that the girls are having a sexy Halloween house party, but the night doesn’t go to plan.[15]
20 2 "The Third Way" Al Campbell Jessica Knappett 17 October 2016 (2016-10-17) N/A
Meg is struggling to make a go of it with Andrew, Laura tries to dump Gary, and Bunny becomes a relationship guru.[15]
21 3 "Big Break" Al Campbell Jessica Knappett and Emerald Fennell 24 October 2016 (2016-10-24) N/A
Bunny is thrilled to get cast in a film with celebrity cage fighter Alex Reid. Laura discovers sick pay, while Meg talks herself onto Bunny's film.[15]
22 4 "Homeless" Al Campbell Jessica Knappett and Emerald Fennell 31 October 2016 (2016-10-31) N/A
When a plan to make money by renting out the flat goes wrong, the girls find themselves homeless on the weekend of their school reunion.[15]
23 5 "Sober" Al Campbell Jessica Knappett 7 November 2016 (2016-11-07) N/A
Meg, Laura and Bunny decide to detox for a while. Even better, they sign up for a charity mud-running event, but then along come some distractions...
24 6 "Funeral" Al Campbell Jessica Knappett 14 November 2016 (2016-11-14) N/A
When Meg and Bunny's Grandma Primrose dies, it's time for Meg to step up, be an adult and organise the funeral for her grieving family.

DVD releases[edit]

The first series of Drifters was released on 25 November 2013 by 4DVD despite the sixth episode not being broadcast until 28 November 2013.[16] The second series was released on 8 December 2014 by 4DVD.[17]


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  8. ^ "2: Scabbies". E4. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
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  10. ^ "3: Work Experience". E4. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Drifters – Episode 1.3". The British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
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  17. ^ "Drifters - Series 2 [DVD]". Retrieved 26 October 2014. 

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