Fans of The Inbetweeners will definitely be seeing a second movie, but may have to wait a while, according to its stars Simon Bird and Joe Thomas.
At the launch of their new Sky1 comedy series Chickens, both comedy actors spoke about The Inbetweeners 2, which is rumoured to see the hapless Inbetweeners lads backpacking in Australia.
“Yes we are doing another movie, but writing it takes a lot longer than people assume,” says Simon Bird, who plays posh pupil Will McKenzie in the show. “When the last movie was such a success, people think you can just go ahead and do another just like it straight away. But the writers have to have time to work on the script and come up with ideas. I also think us actors wanted just a little bit of a break.”
Both Simon and Joe were amazed by the success of The Inbetweeners Movie after it was released in 2011. “We were really surprised even though we knew there’d be an audience for it because of the TV series,” says Joe, who plays Simon Cooper in the show.
“When The Inbetweeners started it was the first comedy E4 had ever done, and we were surprised how well it did,” adds Simon. “The first series wasn’t watched by that many, and there wasn’t a particularly big reaction to it at the beginning, so after the first series we all went back to our jobs – Joe to tutoring, myself to doing my PHD, James was fitting kitchens, while Blake worked at the scare chamber at Madame Tussauds. Then the buzz started and it was all change…”
In their new comedy series Chickens, which starts on Sky1 in August and is set during World War One, the lads are joined on screen by their friend and co-writer Jonny Sweet and Dame Edna legend Barry Humphries. A one-off pilot appeared on Channel 4 back in 2011.
“It’s about the men who stayed behind and didn’t fight,” explains Joe. “Only three men are left in a village and all the women hate them. That’s pretty much the gist of it.”