E4’s Drifters Just About Stays Afloat

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If you’re a finalist, wondering what life after your years in the Oxford bubble will be like, there’s a new show for you to help face your fears. Drifters, featuring the female cast of The Inbetweeners Movie, is the story of three women in their mid-twenties trying to figure out what to do with their lives.

The main character is Meg, 24, returning from her gap year, and looking for a job, something in line with her recent degree and aspirations.

Unfortunately for her, reality looks quite different from what she expected: her family no longer supports her dreams, and forces her to leave home. Her ex-boyfriend tricks her into living with him and paying him rent, and she has to go back to her previous job of selling improbable products in ridiculous outfits.

All she has left to survive the nightmare are her naivety and her two best friends, who are stuck in a similar situations. But all three remain optimistic about finally finding the right path amidst the potential daily pitfalls.



Despite the promising idea of depicting the life of 2013 graduates, forced to accept any job and to reinvent themselves in the middle of an economic and generational crisis, the sitcom is not particularly catching. The show respects all the rules of its genre: a plot evolving around a group of friends becoming adults; the use of short comic sketches reporting absurd moments of everyday life; the exaggeration of characters and situations to provoke hilarity and a general inability to function normally overcome with playfulness, determination and love. Although some situations might trigger a smile on your face, most of the time you’ll be wondering why you’re not watching something funnier or more interesting.

The key strength of the show is the ironic portrayal of the world of business, and how family expectations often clash with reality and young people’s dreams. The pitiless realism of some scenes and dynamics is impressive and certainly the fact that the story is largely autobiographical (as reported by Jessica Knappett, lead actor and writer of the show) helps in this sense.

However, this promising comic role is soon overshadowed by improbable relationships, dates, gatecrashing and predictable scenes. The main actors look more in their thirties than in their twenties and the story seems to develop too slowly compared to similar hilarious sitcoms like Friends, The Big Bang Theory or even the forerunner of Drifters, The Inbetweeners.

If you feel like a short break from time to time though, you might still want to try it and cheer up: if Meg and her friends can make it living through such disasters, you will surely find the humour in your own life as well.

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