Inbetweeners star Joe Thomas took his role as first-year student in a new sitcom to heart – by boozing each night after filming.

Joe and the cast of Channel 4’s forthcoming series Fresh Meat got ‘horribly drunk’ as they bonded while shooting the show for three months in Manchester.

Joe – who is a top box-office hit in The Inbetweeners Movie – appears alongside comic Jack Whitehall in the series about a group of freshers who live together.

He said: “We were all there together, living in the same apartment building and there is that sense of having a semi-student experience.

“There is always a kind of common-room atmosphere on set, sitting together and talking about work, and then going out and getting horribly drunk.

“We had to stop going out drinking because what is not like being a student is that we had to get up at 7am.”

Co-star Greg McHugh (who starred in BBC One’s Gary: Tank Commander) said: “It’s all ‘method’ of course, coming in stinking of booze.

“I’m not joking; we’re playing students. I think they’ve saved a lot of time in make-up from us coming in looking worse for wear.”

The show has been masterminded by Peep Show creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong. It follows the escapades of first-year university students who are thrown together.