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Some Girls (TV series)

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Some Girls
Some Girls titlecard.png
GenreSitcom
Created byBernadette Davis
Written byBernadette Davis
Directed by
  • Adam Miller
  • Sasha Ransome
Starring
Theme music composer
Opening theme"Doing It Wrong" by CocknBullKid
Ending theme"Doing It Wrong" by CocknBullKid
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series3
No. of episodes18
Production
Executive producerHelen Williams
ProducerJustin Davies
Production locationEngland
EditorWilliam Webb
Running time30 minutes
Production companyHat Trick Productions
Release
Original networkBBC Three
Original release6 November 2012 (2012-11-06) –
22 December 2014 (2014-12-22)
External links
BBC Three - Some Girls

Some Girls is a British sitcom written by Bernadette Davis that aired on BBC Three. The show stars Adelayo Adedayo, Mandeep Dhillon, Alice Felgate, Natasha Jonas, Dolly Wells, Colin Salmon, Jassa Ahluwalia and Franz Drameh. It debuted on 6 November 2012 and the first series ran for six episodes.

BBC Three announced at the end of the first series that the show would return for a second series.[1] On 18 September 2013, they confirmed that each episode of the second series will premiere on BBC iPlayer a week before being broadcast on BBC Three. The first episode became available on iPlayer on 23 September and was broadcast on BBC Three on 30 September, with the rest of the series following that trend.[2] BBC Three announced in March 2014 that the show had been recommissioned for a third and final series,[3] which aired in November and December 2014.

Synopsis

(from left to right): Alice Felgate, Mandeep Dhillon, Adelayo Adedayo and Natasha Jonas.
(from left to right): Alice Felgate, Mandeep Dhillon, Adelayo Adedayo and Natasha Jonas.

Some Girls focuses on four 16-year-old schoolgirls – their lives, loves, and mundane teenager preoccupations, including: school, boyfriends, careers and sex. They live within the same housing estate in South London, and attend the same local school, where they all play for the demoralised football team.

The chief protagonist, Viva Bennett (Adedayo), aims to "stay motivated" with her A levels, in an ambition to become a psychologist – meanwhile, she psycho-analyzes her friends. Viva lives with firefighter father Rob (Salmon), her sex-obsessed younger brother, Jamie (Nathan Bryon), and her stepmother – Anna Hitchcock (Wells), a New Zealander who is an unsympathetic PE teacher and football coach, at the girls' school – whom they call "Bitchcock".[4]

Viva and her close friends' conversation spans history homework to their life goals.

The story (filmed over 3 years) covers the final school year of the four protagonists. The first series is set at the beginning of the new school year, when Anna reveals that she is pregnant. The second series is set a few months later, ending with the birth of the baby, and the final series is set in the summer term, concluding with the "prom" dance after which the girls all leave school.

Cast

Regular

  • Adelayo Adedayo as Viva Bennett, a smart and pragmatic girl with aspirations to attend university and become a psychologist.
  • Alice Felgate as Amber Dean, a happy-go-lucky, but dim-witted girl who has an on-and-off relationship with her boyfriend, Brandon.
  • Natasha Jonas as Holli Vavasour, a violent and often angry girl who comes from a large family of siblings.
  • Mandeep Dhillon as Saz Kaur, a bitter, cynical and sarcastic maths enthusiast from a strict Sikh family who is desperate for boys to like her.
  • Dolly Wells as Anna "Bitchcock" Hitchcock, Viva's New Zealander stepmother and the girls' football coach, who Viva loathes.
  • Colin Salmon as Rob Bennett, Viva's father and Anna's partner.
  • Jassa Ahluwalia as Rocky, Viva's boyfriend and later fiancé.

Recurring

  • Nathan Bryon as Jamie Bennett, Viva's brother and Rob's son.
  • Sarah Hoare as Mel, Viva's friend who has a baby named 'Baldy'.
  • Franz Drameh as Brandon Taylor, Amber's on-and-off boyfriend. He lives with his domineering mother, Martine.
  • Nick Holder, later Geoffrey McGivern, as Mr Jefferies, the girls' headmaster at Greenshoots Academy.
  • Justine Cain as Charlie, the leader of 'The Pretties' cheerleader clique at Greenshoots Academy and Viva, Amber, Holli and Saz's worst enemy.
  • Jacob Scipio as Tyler Blaine, head boy of Greenshoots Academy who becomes Viva's boyfriend for a time.

Commentary and reaction

Some Girls has been described as: "...a comedy about the kind of girls more usually seen in worrying documentaries about inner city teens."[5] Bernadette Davis has said: "As far as I know, there aren't any other comedies about girls of this age. Inbetweeners has shown what a rich area for comedy this age group is - but girls are very different and I thought they should have their own show."[6]

The Daily Mirror made the first episode of Some Girls "Tuesday's must-see TV" and described the show as "Energetic, irreverent and real".[7] The Stage online said: "the relationship between the quartet of friends is well observed and firmly rooted in recognisable, realistic emotions".[8] Comedian Jimmy Mulville, Managing Director of Hat Trick Productions, says: "This second series of Some Girls confirms Bernadette Davis as one of the funniest writers working today. We're lucky to have her."[9]

Episode list

Series Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Series premiere Series finale Region 2 Region 4
1 6 6 November 2012 13 December 2012 7 September 2013 5 June 2013
2 6 30 September 2013 4 November 2013 TBA 4 December 2013
3 6 17 November 2014 22 December 2014 TBA TBA

Series 1 (2012)

Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
1"Episode 1"Helen WilliamsBernadette Davis6 November 2012 (2012-11-06)1.1
After hearing some upsetting news from her dad, Viva decides to leave home and live with her friends. Elsewhere on the estate, Amber is finding it very hard to dump her boyfriend, despite plenty of varied advice from Viva, Saz and Holli.
2"Episode 2"Adam MillerBernadette Davis13 November 2012 (2012-11-13)1.2
Amber's new boyfriend Ryan seems to have a mysterious secret, which the girls are determined to discover. Meanwhile, Holli's attempt to give her little brother a wonderful birthday present goes horribly wrong.
3"Episode 3"Adam MillerBernadette Davis20 November 2012 (2012-11-20)1.3
Viva invites her friends to help babysit, but then struggles to keep control of the situation. Saz is very upset about some bitchy girls, Amber is very jealous of her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend and Holli is just worried there won't be enough to drink.
4"Episode 4"Adam MillerBernadette Davis27 November 2012 (2012-11-27)1.4
Holli throws down a rash challenge to the boys' football team, whilst Viva feels torn over her feelings for bad boy Rocky. Amber has found a lunchtime pizza club - a Christian group, it turns out. Saz boasts about a new boyfriend, who may or may not actually exist.
5"Episode 5"Adam MillerBernadette Davis4 December 2012 (2012-12-04)1.5
Amber struggles to cope with her feelings for her ex-boyfriend Brandon, especially now that he's going to be a daddy. Viva is asked to manage an anti-bullying presentation at school - and to look after bullying victim, Ruby. Saz and Ruby do not get on.
6"Episode 6"Adam MillerBernadette Davis13 December 2012 (2012-12-13)1.6
Saz is determined to lose her virginity and sets about finding the ideal boy and the ideal location with the help of her friends. It becomes apparent that not everyone has been telling the truth about their sex life.

Series 2 (2013)

Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
1"Episode 1"Adam MillerBernadette Davis30 September 2013 (2013-09-30)2.1
Viva is worried that Rocky is getting too serious about their relationship, while Saz is worried she's not normal. A new school counsellor has a big impact on Greenshoots Academy - though not in the way he intended.
2"Episode 2"Adam MillerBernadette Davis7 October 2013 (2013-10-07)2.2
After falling out with the group after an eventful party, Holli has to find a new set of friends. Saz and Amber both like the same boy and Viva is distressed about being forced to give up a precious toy.
3"Episode 3"Adam MillerBernadette Davis14 October 2013 (2013-10-14)2.3
Rivalry gets out of hand when Viva's group clashes with Charlie's gang over the affections of Greenshoots Academy head boy, Tyler Blaine. Amber's dog finds out what Amber gets up to at school.
4"Episode 4"Adam MillerBernadette Davis21 October 2013 (2013-10-21)2.4
Rocky's friendship with Viva's dad causes problems with Viva's new boyfriend Tyler. Saz receives mysterious love notes from an admirer, and Holli helps out Anna with the school magazine.
5"Episode 5"Adam MillerBernadette Davis28 October 2013 (2013-10-28)2.5
Anna goes on maternity leave, meaning Holli and Saz compete to be the new manager of the Greenshoots girls' football team. Viva has some troubling thoughts about her ex-boyfriend Rocky, and Amber's ex-boyfriend Brandon needs help.
6"Episode 6"Adam MillerBernadette Davis4 November 2013 (2013-11-04)2.6
Viva makes friends with a boy who is feeling sad like her. When the girls crash a party hosted by Rocky's new girlfriend Gemma, Saz gets a nasty shock. Meanwhile, Anna's baby is due any day.

Series 3 (2014)

Episode Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
1"Episode 1"Sasha RansomeBernadette Davis17 November 2014 (2014-11-17)3.1
Viva is surprised when Rocky tells her he is dropping out of school. Viva tries to persuade him that it's not a good idea, but Rocky has another, even bigger, surprise for Viva. Holli is saving for a secret project. Amber is worried about Brandon who seems to have disappeared.
2"Episode 2"Sasha RansomeBernadette Davis24 November 2014 (2014-11-24)3.2
The girls head off for their first music festival. Despite having to work on a t-shirt stall they still manage to pack in plenty of fun, hanging out with three boys in the tent next door. Fed up with the other girls calling her boring, Viva decides to take advantage of some new experiences on offer at the festival.
3"Episode 3"Sasha RansomeBernadette Davis1 December 2014 (2014-12-01)3.3
Amber wants a baby, even though she hasn't even got a boyfriend. Rocky's new job as nanny to Viva's baby sister causes problems for the two of them. Saz tries to coach Amber and Holli through their maths GCSE, but they are not willing to take it seriously.
4"Episode 4"Sasha RansomeBernadette Davis8 December 2014 (2014-12-08)3.4
Viva tries to mend Amber and her sister Topaz's relationship, but regrets interfering when she realises what Topaz is really like. Mr Jefferies attempts to get Greenshoots Academy on TV, to the disdain of the other teachers.
5"Episode 5"Sasha RansomeBernadette Davis15 December 2014 (2014-12-15)3.5
Amber is selected to do a trial for Chelsea Ladies. Holli's romantic life becomes more complicated.
6"Episode 6"Sasha RansomeBernadette Davis22 December 2014 (2014-12-22)3.6
It's the girls' prom night soon and Amber is in charge of planning. Viva has been roped into decorating with a tropical theme by Miss Hitchcock. Saz and Gabriel are having problems with Prom and Holli is also having problems.

Awards and nominations

Category Award Year Result
Best Tape & Editing: Entertainment & Situation Comedy Royal Television Society, UK 2014 Nominee

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References

  1. ^ "Some Girls to return for a second series". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 12 December 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Twitter bbcthree News The SomeGirls are back!". BBC Three. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "BBC Three announces new comedy commissions". BBC Media Centre. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Bernadette Davis (24 February 2012). "BBC - Some Girls Series 1 Episode 1 - Draft 24.2.12" (PDF). Hat Trick Productions. BBC Three. Retrieved 30 October 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "ATV article on upcoming BBC 3 sitcom, Some Girls". ATV Today. Retrieved 19 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Interview with Bernadette Davis about Some Girls on the BBC website Archived 14 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Jane Simon. "Daily Mirror online review". mirror. Retrieved 19 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "The Stage online review". The Stage. Retrieved 19 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Some Girls return to BBC Three for brand new series". Retrieved 19 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Some Girls, retrieved 7 May 2018 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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