The In­be­tween­ers

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 9.05pm, UKTV An­other prawn for the bar­bie of co­in­ci­dence: the third and fi­nal sea­son of this foul-mouthed British com­edy about subur­ban teenager Will McKen­zie (Si­mon Bird) and his ap­palling friends at the fic­tional Rudge Park Com­pre­hen­sive high school de­buts tonight on UKTV, just as the fea­ture film it be­gat is re­leased in the US. That’s wor­thy of Ripley’s Be­lieve It or Not. Spotty youths hav­ing mis­cre­ant mis­ad­ven­tures on the big screen. Who would have thought? In this edition of the TV se­ries, the boys, in­clud­ing James Buck­ley as Jay Cartwright, are old enough to drive each other to school. In tonight’s de­but, Jay turns up in his mum’s tiny red car to drive the oth­ers. Will feels he’ll be killed. ‘‘ Jay driv­ing us to school re­ally made me feel like like roy­alty,’’ he tells us. ‘‘ Un­for­tu­nately, the roy­alty I felt like was Princess Diana.’’ The show end­lessly milks the hor­rors of an English pub­lic school ed­u­ca­tion for its not in­con­sid­er­able hu­mour of dis­com­fort. the pro­gram as a six-part se­ries that pits two teams of vary­ing backgrounds against each other to build an elab­o­rate chain-re­ac­tion con­trap­tion. Is that Diana Ross and Barry Gibb I hear screech­ing in my head? Like them, you too can get in the mid­dle of a chain re­ac­tion, just by tun­ing in. Tonight a team of rocket sci­en­tists and a fam­ily of spe­cial ef­fects artists bat­tle against each other to con­struct mas­sive and im­pres­sive chain re­ac­tion ma­chines. Any­one old enough to re­mem­ber the chil­dren’s game Mouse Trap will feel right at home. nor­mally would not be expected to sur­vive. In tonight’s episode, A Fam­ily’s Desert Hell, a fam­ily of four is trapped in the Ari­zona desert when their ve­hi­cle be­comes ir­re­triev­ably bogged in a dried up riverbed. As view­ers of Break­ing Bad would know, the Ari­zona desert near the Mex­i­can bor­der crawls with druggedup psy­cho­pathic rep­re­sen­ta­tives of am­phet­a­mine car­tels. Things de­te­ri­o­rate quickly, ad­ver­sity looms and tough de­ci­sions must be made in the faint hope of sur­vival.

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