Season 1, Ep 3

Friday 11 April 2008 9:30pm – 10:00pm

Vernon faces up to some home truths when Max and Milly tell him what a rubbish dad he was while they were growing up. Vernon is mortified and sets about putting things right. First on the list is Max’s bully from school.

Vernon decides to confront psycho Andy Hollingsworth at the pub and take revenge for the years of abuse that was inflicted on Max. However, Max’s memory of school is a little clouded and it transpires that he was the one who bullied Andy. Unfortunately for Vernon, Andy’s Tae Kwon Do expert father arrives on the scene – and dishes out a little pay back of his own.

So battered and bruised and forced to buy Mr Hollingsworth’s dog Satan he sets about making things up to Milly. So he takes them all on the summer holiday of a lifetime… to Wales, in February, in a caravan. Needless to say, when the weather takes a turn for the worse and the caravan becomes flooded with sewage water the kids find it hard to forgive Vernon for his past discrepancies.

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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