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We've already met The Inbetweeners, but now it's time to get familiar with the Drifters - Meg, Bunny and Laura.

Some of you may recognise two thirds of the Drifters from the massively successful The Inbetweeners Movie, in which they played a group of girl friends on holiday in Malia.


First things first, it's time to clear a few things up. One, this is not 'the girls from The Inbetweeners Movie' in a spin-off sitcom - they're completely different characters. They've probably never been to Malia or danced with an Inbetweener. And secondly, this is not 'the female version of The Inbetweeners.' Sure, the production team is the same but that where the similarities end. Shall we move on? Good.


A couple of weeks ago I went along to the launch of Drifters in London's trendy East End and was treated to the first two episodes of E4's most exciting new comedy since PhoneShop.


Drifters is a new six-part series for E4 following three best friends, Meg, Bunny and Laura, who live in Leeds. They've graduated, they've had a year out and they're now struggling to find a job.The series is written by Jessica Knappett who plays Meg and also stars Lydia Rose Bewley as Bunny and Lauren O'Rourke as Laura. Their lives are far from normal, and as the series goes on the situations they find themselves in become more and more embarrassing.


To put things into perspective a little, the three of them have to 'take it in turns' to dress up as a mobile phone and stand on the high street. But still, they've got to pay the bills somehow right?


In the first episode, we first meet Meg and cousin Bunny as they head back early from India, where waiting for them at the airport is friend Laura, and the awkward ex, who doesn't realise he's an ex, Mark.


When Meg gets home, she finds that her parents Frank and Jenny, played by Bob Mortimer (Shooting Stars, House of Fools) and Arabella Weir are kicking her out and have turned her bedroom into a walk-in wardrobe. Oops.


Having finished uni, Meg now finds herself at home six months earlier than planned and ready to face the real world. This means moving out of her parents' house and ditching her clingy ex-boyfriend.


Oh and of course, all the while she's waiting for that "glamorous media job" to fall into her lap. To be fair to her, she does get close in episode three though, as she's offered an internship at a radio station.


So that's Meg, but what are the other two like? Well, Bunny is Meg’s posh, eccentric cousin. She's a spiritual soul and having also just returned from India, tries everything from sitting as an artist's model to ‘asking the universe’ for life lessons.


She's not as down-to-earth as Leeds girl Laura, who's happy with boyfriend Gary. Happy if he stops watching so much porn that is, which drives her to be as filthy as the Internet.


Hilarity ensues and the three of them have great chemistry on and off the screen and the writing I feel is strong enough to push this into a second and even third series. But whatever you do, just don't call it the 'new Inbetweeners' or the 'British Girls' for that matter. Drifters is its own stand alone sitcom that shouldn't need to be compared to anything that has come before. I'm really looking forward to seeing what else is in store for our three drifters as the series goes on.


Drifters airs Thursdays at 9:30pm on E4

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