BBC Three’s new comedy Pramface airs this week. We’ve seen the first episode and found ourselves pretty underwhelmed.
The opening episode features two lads obsessed with losing their virginities. The result of this quest sets up the show’s premise of following two teenagers as they come to terms with an unplanned pregnancy.
While that might suggest some level of sophistication and maturity in the comedy, what we actually get is lots of objectifying language – women are a “target” and one character proclaims sex “isn’t about her, it’s all about me” – and very few laughs.
A scene where our two would-be sex gods climb over the back wall into a party full of girls confirms that in it’s heart Pramface wants to be The Inbetweeners.
It’s an ambition this opening episode suggests will never be fulfilled.
At best it’s Coming of Age – a lightweight, and ineffectual comedy where telegraphed lines are delivered without meaning – but with some added lads’ mag language and ideals thrown in to the mix.
This is unfunny and desperate stuff.
BBC Three, Thursday 23rd February at 9pm
UPDATE: On Twitter I’m told by those in the know that the later episodes outshine the first and I’m being a bit of a grouch. Watch out for a mid-series review and, maybe, a change of opinion!