'The Inbetweeners': where are they now?
As three of the four ‘Inbetweeners’ launch new shows this week, we report on their progress since graduation from the E4 school sitcom
Tue Aug 20 2013
Simon has shown real get-up-and-go since leaving school, hosting panel shows (‘The King Is Dead’), performing on the big screen (‘The Look of Love’) and bickering with Tom Rosenthal in Robert Popper’s brilliantly oddball sitcom, ‘Friday Night Dinner’. Bravo!
‘The King Is Dead’, which interviewed celebrities to replace a late public figure, was a promising idea undermined by slack execution. But all was redeemed by the dark eccentricity and ‘Bottom’-drawer violence of ‘Friday Night Dinner’.
Fine teamwork with Joe Thomas and Jonny Sweet created World War I homefront comedy ‘Chickens’. Simon is also involved in ‘The Harry Hill Movie’. We shall watch his progress with interest.
Top of the class
- Rated as: 4/5
Bird and Thomas more or less reprise their old characters but are none the worse for it, leaving Sweet to steal the show with his blissfully, ignorant posho. One or two set-ups are hackneyed, but performances, attention to detail and all-round silliness carry the day.
We spoke to dozens of comedy writers, comedy directors, comic actors and stand-up comedians – including Dan Aykroyd, Richard Curtis, Edgar Wright, Kim Noble, Stephen Merchant, Jo Brand and many, many more – and asked them to share with us their favourite comedy films of all time. Can you guess which film emerged as the number one choice?