Student

Friday 25 April 2008 9:30pm – 10:00pm

Vernon wants to go back to University: free money, birds, the student bar – what’s not to like? Milly thinks it’s great too – until she finds out he’s applied to her uni. So Vernon presents his relevant life experience to the university applications department and is convinced that he’s secured a place on Milly’s course of psychology and interpretive dance. Unsurprisingly, the admissions department think differently to Vernon’s eligibility and decline his application.

But all is not lost as Vernon is accepted by one university through clearing…but the only place that’ll have him is The Highlands Outreach Centre Institute of Technology – only 52 miles away from Inverness!

Bryan feels that Vernon is going to extremes to recapture his youth and tries to reason with him not to go. However, Vernon being Vernon and not wanting to be proven wrong he sets off to the craggy heaths of remote Scotland to start life in the converted prison that is his university – and besides, he’s spent all his student loan so has no other choice.

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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