The Inbetweeners

The Inbetweeners
The Inbetweeners
The Inbetweeners cast.png
Format Sitcom
Created by Damon Beesley
Iain Morris
Written by Damon Beesley[1]
Iain Morris;
Directed by Gordon Anderson
Ben Palmer
Damon Beesley
Iain Morris
Starring Simon Bird
Joe Thomas
James Buckley
Blake Harrison
Greg Davies
Emily Head
Narrated by Simon Bird
Opening theme Morning Runner – "Gone Up in Flames" (instrumental)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 18 (List of episodes)
Producer(s) Christopher Young
Location(s) London
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Bwark Productions[2]
Original channel E4
Picture format 16:9 (576i SDTV)
Original run 1 May 2008 (2008-05-01) – 18 October 2010
External links

The Inbetweeners is a British sitcom which aired for three series from 2008 to 2010 on E4. Created and written by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, the show follows the life of suburban teenager Will (Simon Bird), and three of his friends at the fictional Rudge Park Comprehensive. The Inbetweeners Movie was released on 17 August 2011. The show has been nominated for 'Best Situation Comedy' at BAFTA twice, in 2009 and 2010. At the British Academy Television Awards 2010, it won the Audience Award, the only award voted for by viewers and in 2011 the show won the Best Sitcom award at the British Comedy Awards.[3]



Beesley and Morris met as producers on Channel 4's The 11 O'Clock Show. Following posts as commissioners at Channel 4, where Morris shepherded Peep Show, the two launched their own company, Bwark Productions, in 2004 and landed their first series with The Inbetweeners.[4] A pilot for the show was produced in 2006 under the direction of James Bobin titled 'Baggy Trousers'.

E4 originally aired the first series in May 2008, and Channel 4 also broadcast it in November that year. The second series began screening in the United Kingdom on 2 April 2009 and finished on 7 May 2009. A third series was commissioned by E4, commencing on 1 September 2010[5][6] and ending on 18 October 2010. The first episode of the third series had the highest-ever audience for an E4 original commission.[7]

Following the conclusion of the third series, the cast and crew of the show revealed a fourth series would be unlikely as the show had run its course, but that an Inbetweeners movie would be produced, set some time after the third series and following the cast on a holiday in Malia, Crete.

For Red Nose Day 2011, the stars of the show travelled around the UK in the yellow Fiat Cinquecento featured in the show in a special named The Inbetweeners: Rude Road Trip. The aim was to try and find the fifty rudest place names in the country.


Episodes of the first, second and third series can be viewed by United Kingdom and Irish viewers through Channel 4's service, 4oD,[8] and on YouTube.[9] The Inbetweeners: Rude Road Trip is also available as is Top Ten Inbetweeners Moments.


In September 2009, Beesley and Morris confirmed that a film had been commissioned by Film4.[10] The plot revolves around the four boys, now eighteen years old, going on holiday to Malia, Crete.[11] It was released in cinemas on 17 August 2011[12] with a 15 certificate. Due to the success of the film, both Beesley and Morris have considered writing for possibly a second film or a fourth television series, following the events in Crete, set around the lives of the four friends at university and in their respective relationships.


In 2011, an Inbetweeners: Top 10 Moments special aired on Channel 4, featuring a countdown of the series' "top 10 moments".


The opening theme tune to The Inbetweeners is an instrumental version of "Gone Up in Flames" by English rock band Morning Runner. The first series also features music by Rachel Stevens, Tellison, Paolo Nutini, The Maccabees, Air Traffic, Calvin Harris, The Ting Tings, Arctic Monkeys, Theaudience, The Fratellis, Vampire Weekend, Two Door Cinema Club, Phoenix, General Fiasco, Gorillaz, Hot Chip, Belle & Sebastian, Field Music, Jamie T, The Libertines, Rihanna, The Fratellis, Jack Peñate, Guillemots, The Feeling, Kate Nash, The Wombats, The Jam, The Cure, Lily Allen, Mumm-Ra, Kylie Minogue and Feist.[13] The second series also featured Oasis, Biffy Clyro, Passion Pit, Royworld, MGMT, Maximo Park, and The Cribs and the third series also featured Ludacris. A full list can be found on the E4 website. A soundtrack album, The Inbetweeners Soundtrack, was released in 2009.

Worldwide broadcasting

BBC America began airing The Inbetweeners from 25 January 2010.[14] The network aired both existing series as a single 12 episode television season. The same was done by MTV Latin America.

In 2010, The Inbetweeners started airing in Australia on the Nine Network's digital channel GO!, on Super Channel in Canada, on the comedy channel TV4 Komedi in Sweden, on TV2 in New Zealand, on MTV Latin America and on yes Next in Israel.

On 28 February 2011, The Inbetweeners started airing in France on MCM.[15]

Country Network(s) Premiere
 United Kingdom &
E4/ Channel 4 1 May 2008
 Australia GO! 2010
 Australia UKTV 2011
 Canada Super Channel 2010
 Belgium JIM 2010
 Sweden TV4 Komedi 2010
 New Zealand TV2 2010
 New Zealand UKTV 2010
 Israel yes Next 2010
 Italy MTV Italy 2010
 Colombia MTV Latin America 2010
 France MCM 28 February 2011
 Portugal MTV Portugal 2010
 United States BBC America 25 January 2010


The first series began on 1 May 2008, with the pilot episode garnering 238,000 viewers.[16] The series averaged 459,000 viewers,[17] with 474,000 viewers watching the series finale.[18] The Inbetweeners received two nominations at the British Comedy Awards; the show was nominated for "Best New British Television Comedy (Scripted)" and Simon Bird was nominated for "Best Male Comedy Newcomer".[19] Both won their respective categories.[20] The show was also voted by the British Comedy Guide website as the "Best New British TV Sitcom 2008".[21] It was nominated for "Best Situation Comedy" at the British Academy Television Awards 2009,[2] ultimately losing out to The IT Crowd.[22] It then won the Audience Award at the British Academy Television Awards 2010.[3]

The first episode of series two, which aired on E4 at 10 pm (BST) 2 April 2009, averaged 958,000 viewers,[16] with another 234,000 viewers watching at 11 pm on the time-shift channel E4+1 meaning it was watched by 1.2 million, the highest audience of 2009 for E4.[18]

Joe McNally, writing for The Independent, commends an "exquisitely accurate dialogue, capturing the feel of adolescence perfectly"[23] and Will Dean of The Guardian comments that the show "captures the pathetic sixth-form male experience quite splendidly".[24] The series is often contrasted with E4's successful teen drama, Skins; commentators have offered that "The Inbetweeners' portrayal of dull suburbia is closer [than Skins] to the drab teen years most of us spent, rather than the decadent time we wished we spent."[25]

Episode one of series three aired on 13 September 2010 on UK digital terrestrial network E4, attracting a record breaking overnight average audience of 2.6m viewers (12.5% audience share) in its 10 pm slot, the highest ever viewing figure for a show screened on the channel until 2011 when Glee beat the record.[7]

Principal characters

DVD releases

  • Series 1 was released on DVD on 2 June 2008.
  • Series 2 was released on DVD on 18 May 2009.
  • Series 3 was released on DVD on 25 October 2010.
  • Series 1-3 boxset was released on 25 October 2010.
  • The Inbetweeners Movie is due for release on DVD and Blu Ray on 12 December 2011.

All of the DVDs received an 18 certificate due to their high number of sexual references and bad language. The theatrical version of The Inbetweeners Movie received a 15 certificate in the United Kingdom, with the extended cut release receiving an 18 certificate.


Series 1

Air Date Episode Viewers[26] E4
1 May 2008 First Day 321,000 #10
1 May 2008 Bunk Off 321,000 #8
8 May 2008 Thorpe Park 305,000 #10
15 May 2008 Girlfriend 436,000 #8
22 May 2008 Caravan Club 432,000 #6
29 May 2008 Xmas Party 422,000 #6

Series 2

Air Date Episode Viewers E4
2 April 2009 The Field Trip 1.21m #1
9 April 2009 Work Experience 1.182m #1
16 April 2009 Will's Birthday 1.057m #1
23 April 2009 A Night Out in London 1.015m #1
30 April 2009 The Duke of Edinburgh Awards 1.205m #1
7 May 2009 Exam Time 1.205m #2

Series 3

Air Date Episode Viewers E4
13 September 2010 The Fashion Show 3.456m #1
20 September 2010 The Gig and the Girlfriend 3.336m #1
27 September 2010 Will's Dilemma 3.572m #1
4 October 2010 The Trip to Warwick 3.456m #1
11 October 2010 Home Alone 3.721m #1
18 October 2010 The Camping Trip 3.701m #1


U.S. version

Iain Morris and Damon Beesley were asked by ABC to produce a pilot for a US version of the series. The pilot wasn't picked up by the network, but they have given Morris and Beesley a second blind script commitment for a future project the two will create.[4]

On 31 March 2011 it was announced that MTV had ordered a twelve-episode first season for an American version of The Inbetweeners. A pilot episode was greenlit in September 2010. Brad Copeland wrote the pilot and will serve as executive producer on the series along with Damon Beesley and Iain Morris.[27]


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  2. ^ a b Nissim, Mayer (24 March 2009). "BAFTA TV Awards 2009: The Nominees". Digital Spy. Retrieved 3 April 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "The Thick Of It dominates Baftas". BBC News. 6 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "The Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter. 17 October 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ "The autumn hot list 2010 – 11. The Inbetweeners". The Observer (London). 29 August 2024. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "The Inbetweeners set to return for third series". 2 September 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Blunkett, John (14 September 2010). "The Inbetweeners pulls highest-ever audience for an E4 original commission". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "What's on Channel 4 on Demand: The Inbetweeners". Channel 4. Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  9. ^ "Youtube – The Inbetweeners". Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "Channel 4 develops film of The Inbetweeners". Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  11. ^ E4 Inbetweeners Movie Application Page
  12. ^ Internet Movie Database The inbetweeners
  13. ^ "The Inbetweeners Soundtrack". 
  14. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (25 January 2010). "Dreams of a Teenage Loser". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
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  16. ^ a b French, Dan (3 April 2009). "New 'Inbetweeners' draws 958,000 for E4". Digital Spy. Retrieved 3 April 2009. 
  17. ^ West, Dave (5 June 2008). "E4 takes second series of 'Inbetweeners'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  18. ^ a b Rogers, Jon (3 April 2009). "The Inbetweeners makes 1.2m laugh". Broadcast. Retrieved 3 April 2009. 
  19. ^ "The Nominees 2008". British Comedy Awards. Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  20. ^ "The Winners 2008". British Comedy Awards. Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  21. ^ "British Comedy Guide Awards 2008". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  22. ^ "Bafta TV Awards 2009: The winners". BBC Entertainment (BBC). 26 April 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2009. 
  23. ^ McNally, Joe (19 May 2008). "You Write The Reviews: The Inbetweeners". The Independent (London: Independent News & Media). Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  24. ^ Dean, Will (8 May 2008). "Sitcom surbubia with spots". The Guardian (London: Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  25. ^ Dean, Will (3 April 2009). "The Inbetweeners is more realistic than Skins". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  26. ^ Weekly Top 10 Programmes. Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved on 17 June 2009.
  27. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (31 March 2011). "MTV Picks Up 'Inbetweeners' To Series". Deadline. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 

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