New review: Some Girls
Holly Combe // 17 December 2014
Kate Bonynge looks at the third series of BBC3’s Some Girls, a comedy about three 18 year olds that marks a change from the male dominated programmes we’ve come to expect.
Now about to come to the end of its third series, Some Girls, written by sitcom stalwart Bernadette Davis, is a hidden gem among the current plethora of male-dominated comedies. For those used to the familiar toxic entertainment formula, where female characters are pigeon-holed into the role of doting wife, ‘slutty’ mistress, ditzy ‘airhead’, romantic interest for the male leads or all of the above, this BBC3 show is a well-timed antidote.
Bernadette Davis herself has said of the show:
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.
Set in the fictional Greenshoots Academy in South London, the series is advertised as “a comedy about the kind of girls more usually seen in worrying documentaries about inner city teens”. Just like by Davis above, the series is often compared to E4’s The Inbetweeners due to the similarities in format — four friends trying to navigate school while dealing with their burgeoning sexuality — and the use of visual humour, snappy one-liners and witty dialogue. However, there is one main difference between the two: while The Inbetweeners perpetuates lad culture and portrays women as little more than sex objects and vehicles to further the protagonists’ storylines, Some Girls not only features a female-led cast but also champions female sexuality in a naturalistic, realistic manner…
The central characters from Some Girls (left – right): Amber (Alice Felgate) with her arms folded and mouth wide in a ghoulish pose, Saz (Mandeep Dhillon) with her eyes crossed and poking out her tongue, Viva looking upwards to her right with her tongue out (Adelayo Adedayo) and Holli looking disgruntled, with her right arm on Viva’s left shoulder (Natasha Jonas). Image via BBC and shared via fair dealing.