Some Girls (BBC3) Series 1 Episode 1 Review

BBC3 has a reputation to uphold with new comedy Some Girls, about a group of four young Londoners trying to transcend their surroundings and maintain their tight bond. An area of the UK (and the capital, given the Olympics PR effort) not often seen on light-hearted television, Some Girls continues the channel’s concentration on the genuine lives Britain’s youth.

Judging by this first episode, the show is actually going against the grain in its portrayal of life on the inner-city estates, as our main character, Viva (Adelayo Adedayo), is an up-beat, ambitious girl with a good head on her shoulders. We meet her as she tells us how ‘some girls’ aren’t her, and she doesn’t fit the stereotype we might label her with. This is, of course, she introduces us to some of her friends on the same estate; a single mother dropping cigarette ash on her baby and maintaining her energy levels with copious amounts of cider. It’s a mission statement of sorts, with the show acknowledging our preconceptions before dealing with the alternative.

For Viva, her friends are her family, and we’re introduced to frank Saz (Mandeep Dhillon), flighty Amber (Alice Felgate) and aggressive Holli (Natasha Jonas). They, like the impression we get from their home, are apparent stereotypes ready to prove us wrong, and I really hope that happens during the series. Judging by this first episode, it’s Saz who has the most potential to grow on me, since her buttoned-up cultural home life could provide plenty of opportunities to explore the place of religion in these girls’ lives. As it stands, they all seem like people I’ve come across in my real life, and whether that’s a good or bad thing remains to be seen.

The plot lines, too, need to transcend hard-to-dump boyfriends and uninterested fathers, as Some Girls’ somewhat unique setting and collection of characters would do much better finding place-specific stories to tell. If people are tuning in to watch four fairly annoying girls and their adventures, the writers should at least make sure their authentic before they try to please the masses.

What did you think of the episode? Does Some Girls shine a light on an ignored part of London? Let us know in the comments.