Will, Simon, Jay and Neil a.k.a. the ‘Pussay Patrol’ stole everyone’s hearts back when The Inbetweeners debuted in 2008. Their foul mouths and ridiculous antics garnered three series, two spin-off films and even an American remake.
Simon Bird (Will) previously told The Guardian, “I can confirm The Inbetweeners is over”, despite its very short run of 18 episodes. He went on to explain why the show wont be matching the longevity of American sitcoms such as The Big Bang Theory:
“I feel that happens a lot with British comedies, they’re short-lived but make a big impression. We’re used to American comedies where you blink and suddenly there’s been 150 episodes of The Big Bang Theory but it’s a different system here. There’s no writers’ rooms. Sitcoms tend to be very authored, the visions of their creators, who write every word. It’s difficult to write one episode, so to write 18 is a superhuman feat. To fans, it feels like there’s more because they’ve gone back and watched them so many times, which is humbling.”
But Joe Thomas (Simon) has other ideas. After pointing out that the cast is now too old to make any more shows set in Sixth form, Thomas floated the idea of a reunion to The Sun:
“But we could do the originals 10 years down the line, married with kids. I mean, we can do that now. I would jump at any chance to work with those guys again — in any context, really.”
It’s exciting to think about, but probably won’t materialise for a while (if at all), what with the cast currently busy; Thomas is returning later this year for a new series, White Gold, while Bird will soon make his directorial debut with his film The Days of Bagnold Summer.
But until anything is confirmed, all we can do is picture the guys driving off on another adventure and seeing their own kids waiting for the school bus…
The Inbetweeners is available on Channel 4’s catch-up service.