RE­BEKAH DEVLIN OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Thursday -

CHAN­NEL 9 re­ally has its HD chan­nels right. While sum­mer pro­gram­ming on other sta­tions has made me want to prise open my eyes with a TV re­mote, Gem and GO! have been dish­ing up some gen­uinely good Amer­i­can and Bri­tish shows, most un­known to me.

Gem has in­tro­duced me to South­land, The Big C and Riz­zoli and Isles, while GO! has brought me Pretty Lit­tle Liars. The In­be­tween­ers could be an­other Peep Show I thought as I ex­cit­edly put the pre­view disc into my DVD player. It’s not . . . not even close. Which is an­noy­ing be­cause I re­ally thought I was go­ing to like it . . . be­cause for a start, it has cool cred­its and they’re nor­mally a good in­di­ca­tor.

But it’s so ob­vi­ous and con­trived. Is it try­ing to be ironic by mak­ing the act­ing so bad? The di­a­logue is in­cred­i­bly stilted, it’s like they’re not even try­ing to act, just de­liv­er­ing lines.

It’s won a few Bri­tish TV awards, but I sim­ply don’t see the hu­mour — it’s about four loser friends who in­sult each other and try to get with girls. What’s so cre­ative about that?

Sure, there’s the odd funny line, but it’s de­liv­ered in a droll, lack­lus­tre fashion.

Neil (Blake Har­ri­son)

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