The Inbetweeners to host 10 year birthday show

Wednesday 14th November 2018, 8:51am

The cast of The Inbetweeners are to reunite to feature in a two-hour Channel 4 show celebrating the success of the sitcom.

Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison will look back at the hit comedy, with the programme also featuring clips, behind-the-scenes video and interviews with celebrity fans.

Written by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, The Inbetweeners ran for three series, launching on E4 on the 1st May 2008. It went on to become one of Channel 4‘s highest-ever rated comedies, winning BAFTA and British Comedy Awards accolades in the process. Two feature films followed, in 2011 and 2014, both proving to be box office hits.

Described as “the ultimate treat for fans”, the new programme will also rank the funniest moments from the TV episodes and films, and present never before seen footage, as well as the history of the sitcom.

Channel 4 tease: “We’ll be reminiscing with the cast, introducing celebrity fans of the sitcom, looking back at the life lessons the show has taught us and of course paying tribute to the unforgettable lingo the show has given us.”

Commissioner Tom Beck says: “Will, Jay, Simon and Neil spent years failing to sneak into the best parties, so I’m very pleased to throw one that they’re definitely invited to. I just hope Will brings his Mum.”

Will Macdonald, who is an executive producer on the special, adds: “The love for The Inbetweeners is huge, the kind of love that Jay would boast he’s had many times – big celebrities, millions of viewers and loving fans from across the globe. And it’s so exciting the boys will be back together to feel that love from all those people and enjoy it first-hand. What could possibly go wrong?”

The programme, which has the working title The Inbetweeners 10th Birthday Party, is expected to air on Channel 4 this December.

The key cast have appeared on TV together a few times since the sitcom finished, including fronting the show The Inbetweeners Go Global in 2014. The writers and cast have worked with each other on subsequent projects, including 2018 feature film The Festival, BBC Two sitcom White Gold, and wartime comedy Chickens. However, this will be the first time they’ve reunited in full since 2014.

Fans shouldn’t get their hopes up for a fourth series, as no new episodes are in the works. Various members of the cast, asked in press interviews in the last few years have said they wouldn’t film any more episodes as they are now too old.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain earlier this year, Blake Harrison explained: “The reason it was so funny is because you had these idiotic, ignorant lads that you let them get away with saying things that would be quite offensive. But as they get older you can’t excuse it, I think.”

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