Health

Friday 18 April 2008 9:30pm – 10:00pm

Still intent on recapturing his youth Vernon goes to a rave and ends up hospitalised after mistaking an ecstasy pill for a Smartie. He has a full medical check up and the doctors tell him he’s only got 17 years to live.

Milly doesn’t want an invalid dad staying in her cupboard because she’d have to look after him. Vernon, being the Marxist, Stalinist, Anarchist that he believes himself to be, laughs off Milly’s concerns and vows to carry on living life like a reckless teenager.

So Vernon, dons his (four sizes too small) Sex Pistols jacket, sets off to the pub and promptly collapses from a ‘heart attack’. Luckily for Vernon the attack turns out to be a heart murmur but it’s still enough for him to take advice from Milly and start a strict health and fitness regime. The question is, will he stick to it?

Meet Vernon: a switched on, plugged in, super cool kinda guy; an ex front man of a rock and roll punk band that lived and breathed anarchy at every turn. At least that’s what he’d have you believe. Unfortunately for Vernon, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Following a spectacularly nasty divorce, Vernon (Adrian Edmondson) moves in with his teenage kids. A rebel in his youth (or so he thinks), he is genuinely excited about living in their student flat, seeing this new found freedom as an opportunity to ‘get down with the kids’ and be young and reckless again.

Vernon has spent the last two decades living off his high-flying wife while spending vast quantities of his time in a comfy pub in the wild, party capital that is Godalming. Now he’s back in the real world: free, with no ties and no responsibilities.

OK, he’s alone, unemployable, and the local kids keep nicking the wheels off his car but these are just minor set backs. At least now he can rekindle the embers of his glorious youth and be as hedonistic, as irresponsible and as selfish and idle as his kids. Naturally, his kids, Max (Ed Coleman) and Milly (Laura Aikman), and their flatmate David (Jonathan Chan-Pensley), are mortified.

Teenage Kicks, written by Adrian Edmondson (The Young Ones, Filthy Rich, Catflap, Bottom, The Comic Strip Presents….) and Nigel Smith (The Bill, Doctors and Nurses and Vent), starring Ed Coleman (Hogfather, Freaks), Laura Aikman (The Bill, Trial and Retribution XI), Jonathan Chan-Pensley (Ultimate Force, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet) and Mark Arden (Saxondale, New Tricks), commissioned by Paul Jackson for ITV, executive produced by Phil McIntyre and Lucy Ansbro at Phil McIntyre Television and directed by Dewi Humphries (The Only Boy for Me, My Family, Nighty Night).

Michaela Hennessy Vass, Commissioning Editor for Comedy, ITV says: “We’re thrilled to have the unique talents of Adrian Edmondson on ITV. The writing team have created a fabulous character which has been brilliantly brought to life by Adrian.”

Director of Entertainment and Comedy, Phil McIntyre says: “Adrian Edmondson is one of the UK’s most loved and talented comedians. I am delighted to be working with him and ITV on this 5-star comedy.”

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