The Inbetweeners will return for a third series – but makers forgot to tell the stars of the show.

The hit E4 sitcom about four misfit teenagers has been recommissioned – but James Buckley (Jay) only heard when a fan sent a message to congratulate him on Twitter.

James wrote: “Where has Inbetweeners 3 been announced? Genuinely haven’t been told, sending a few text messages to see if there really is a third series.”

He later added: “Green light on series three, just didn’t get round to telling us boys! Gonna have celebratory Coco Pops.”

The show – which also stars Simon Bird, Joe Thomas and Blake Harrison – will return next year.

E4 chief Angela Jain said the show had “some of the most beautifully-crafted puerile and funny jokes ever seen on British television”.

The second series recieved a Bafta nomination and two British Comedy Awards.