Drifters Series 1 (E4) Review “Home” & “Scabies”

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All of the pre-air press for new E4 comedy Drifters was always going to be about the three stars’ roles in 2011’s Inbetweeners Movie (Damon Beesley and Iain Morris are also producers), and it’s understandable. As we’ve seen with series like Some Girls and other, less successful attempts, every new comedy to come from the channel is compared against those four teenage boys. It’s arguably more pointed when it comes to comedies with female stars, and I’m pleased to say that Drifters doesn’t actually suffer from the comparison.

It’s written by star Jessica Knappett, set to be the latest Miranda Hart/Lena Dunham comedy powerhouse, and her Meg is one of three post-university girls (with Lydia Rose Bewley as Bunny and Lauren O’Rourke as Laura) who are a bit lost, and a bit overwhelmed by life. E4 seems to have a talent for targeting me as a demographic as I move through life, after Skins arrived when I turned 17 and Fresh Meat as I attended university, and so, now being 24 and equally confused by the universe, I was always going to be a little biased when it came to be enjoyment of Drifters.

But enjoy it I did, and it was more for the silliness and simplicity than it was for any deeper reason. It grabbed me like early Inbetweeners episodes grabbed me (there’s that comparison again!), and I appreciated the attempt to create easy viewing. British comedy has a tendency to either be terrible or brilliant, and that doesn’t leave much space for something that wears it’s triviality on its sleeve. Drifters is that show, but has the potential to go further should an audience give it a chance. The emergence of shows created and written by women also gives the show a still-fresh perspective.

I haven’t gone into the ins and outs of these first two episodes, because I feel like they are something you might want to discover for yourselves, but I will say that this is the first British comedy that has grabbed me in a couple of years. The female perspective shouldn’t feel new and different, but it does and, unlike with Some Girls, it doesn’t feel like some kind of contrived gender-swapped version of other successful shows. Its comedy is scattergun and doesn’t always hit the funny bone but, when it’s this charming, that doesn’t really matter.

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