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Third Time Unlucky for The Inbetweeners

Date posted: 04.08.2009

E4’s comedy The Inbetweeners has been greenlit for a third series. The sitcom, filmed largely in and around London, will continue to follow the lives of four randy teenagers trying to survive sixth form.

The Inbetweeners is E4’s first sitcom and the second TV series created for the channel after the successful Skins.

The show became a hit with audiences last year –the first episode of series two attracted more than 1.2m, making it the most watched original commission on a digital channel in 2009– and earned industry recognition picking up two trophies at the British Comedy Awards and a BAFTA Nomination.

The comedy, which first came to UK screens in May 2008, is the brainchild of Iain Morris and Damon Beesley. Beesley –also writer of the successful Flight of the Conchords– and Morris met when they were both working as producers for Channel 4 and launched Bwark Productions in 2004 based in East London’s Bethnal Green. The sitcom is inspired on their own experiences of teen friendship, sexual awakening and booze-related embarrassments.

Set in a suburban comprehensive school, the series is shot largely in Hillingdon, one of London’s most outer boroughs. Much of the action is based at the recently opened Ruislip High School –known as Rudge Park Comprehensive in the series. It is mainly here that characters Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Jo Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison) go about –with very little success– their mission to engage with the opposite sex.

The third series is planned to air in 2010. Meanwhile, Channel 4 is currently repeating the second series and BBC America has acquired the show and is set to start airing it very soon.

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