Channel 4 announce Drifters, a female “spin-off” of The Inbetweeners! Epic or epic fail?

by Lynn Connolly

Yesterday, Channel 4’s Comedy Commissioning Editor, Fiona McDermott, announced that the channel is producing a new series called Drifters, which apparently a female version of The Inbetweeners.

The channel’s press release about the spin-off reads…

Drifters is a comedy drama about three twenty-something young women experiencing their first slice of the real world post University – making terrible decisions, but having a brilliant time doing it.

For the ‘Drifter’ girls it’s time to start asking some serious questions: What do they do now? Who are they going to be? And is it ok to shag someone with a sweat problem if you haven’t had sex in twelve months?

The sitcom will star Jessica Knappett as Meg, Lydia Rose Bewley as Bunny, and Lauren O’Rourke as Laura…

We’ll apparently see them taking on “a series of menial jobs” in their home town of Leeds which they’ll cling onto to avoid taking actual responsibility and becoming grown-ups.

Of the comedy, McDermott said, “Drifters promises to be a really funny sitcom about really funny girls. It’s that simple.

“Jess is a fab talent and it’s great to be working with her and the chaps at Bwark on something new.”

Bwark Productions are the production company who were behind E4’s multi-award winning series and film, The Inbetweeners, and of course, they and C4 are hoping that Drifters is going to emulate the huge success of Inbetweeners…

But really, does it stand a realistic chance of doing so? Do spin-offs ever work as well as the show they spun off from?

I personally don’t think they do, or at least, not often…

That said, hit US sitcom Frasier was a spin-off of Cheers, and Torchwood was of course spawned by Doctor Who, so I guess the secret is in how well the spin-offs are done.

But what say you? Can Drifters even hope to acquire the cult status the Inbetweeners did?

Here’s a reminder of The Inbetweeners’ greatness…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.