Season 1, Episode 8, Goodbye Cruel Worm

Friday 16 May 2008 10:30pm – 11:00pm

Vernon completely ruins Milly’s romantic evening with her boyfriend, so she decides to spend the weekend at his parents for some privacy. It’s ok though as Vernon has a whole weekend of gratuitous drinking planned with Bryan as their annual booze cruise to Calais is upon them. Shockingly for Vernon, Bryan turns him down as his wife has got her bonus through and Calais has been snubbed for a trip to Venice.

Feeling left out Vernon begs Max to let him go out clubbing with him. Unsurprisingly his response is less than enthusiastic and he’s given the cold shoulder. Out of desperation he agrees to escort David to the monthly model train collectors meeting but David has other plans – he’s off to see a Phil Collins Tribute band.

Left on his own in the flat all weekend, Vernon gets so low he decides to top himself… but gets the wrong pills.

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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