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Youngers

Youngers

Wed Mar 20, 7.30-8.05pm, E4

By Danielle Goldstein
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Series one, episode one
Dramas about kids on council estates are fast becoming a tired template, especially with films such as ‘Attack the Block’, ‘Ill Manors’ and ‘Fish Tank’ having set the bar so high. However, this new show set in southeast London just about holds the interest. Teenage producer and MC duo Yemi (Ade Oyefeso) and Jay (Calvin Demba) have received their GCSE results, which predictably fall at opposite ends of the spectrum. Yemi has gained a scholarship with all-As, but Jay is doomed to a life in his dad’s business with a big fat fail. Unless, of course, a battle-of-the-bands style competition can change the course of their lives.

As first episodes go, it’s a slow-burner pepped up by appearances from the YouTube smashes Mandem On The Wall, who quite literally sit on a wall offering their two cents like the crows in ‘Dumbo’. But there’s a certain charm to Yemi and Jay’s friendship that keeps you egging them on. It’s not mind-blowing, but worth 30 minutes of your time.
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