Some Girls (BBC3) Series 1 Episode 4 Review

Love is in the air on this week’s Some Girls, as both Saz and Viva get involved with inappropriate men. For Viva it’s the local bad boy who allegedly killed a one-armed man in the kebab shop, and for Saz it’s a seemingly perfect boyfriend who her friends are sure she made up.

It might be just because we’ve had time to get used to the characters, but Some Girls is getting more and more enjoyable each week. All four girls have a great chemistry together and, while they can sometimes be loud and over the top, all of them are promising comedy actresses. This is especially true for Amber and Holli, who both get to pick up the slack while the other half of the group are off chasing boys. The main story thread running through this week’s episode is Amber’s pizza club, which turns out to be a Christian group that lures students in with free food and hot chocolate.

The demonizing of religious groups in schools etc. might be overdone at this point, but who could resist seeing Amber dictate her spiritual journey to a room full of devout members? Unfortunately, her spiritual journey consists mainly of discovering chicken tikka pizza (“whoever thought of mixing Italian food with Indian food was a genius!”), and her devotion to God doesn’t last very long. Viva does get more time with fellow member Rocky, though, before Amber stops their relationship dead by uttering skewed versions of the girls’ conversations just as he enters the room.

With all of this romance going on, Some Girls still had time for some girl power in a girls vs. boys football match. I’m not sure what ardent feminists would say about this storyline, but the episode isn’t shy about saying outright that men are better than women at sports – have they not seen Bend it Like Beckham? Anyway, I was just happy to see the girls’ play football again, as we’re treated to another amusing montage of the game like we were in the premiere. There’s more potential in the fact that the main characters are part of a football team, and it’s an aspect of the show that hasn’t been used much yet.

What did you think of the episode? Will we see Rocky sticking around? Let us know in the comments.