Some Girls

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 9pm, Com­edy ‘‘ Just be­cause we live on an es­tate we’re not all sin­gle mums with drug prob­lems, though ob­vi­ously some of us are,’’ says cen­tral char­ac­ter Viva (Ade­layo Ade­dayo, sec­ond from right) in this de­but episode of Some Girls, a gritty new se­ries about life on an English hous­ing es­tate. Viva is point­ing at her mate Mel, an al­co­holic mum who drops ash on her baby. Though there are ob­vi­ous dra­matic ele­ments, this is not Ken Loach. Some Girls is a com­edy, a salty take on teenage angst, lust and des­per­a­tion. In style it sits be­tween The In­be­tween­ers and Shame­less, but is fun­nier than ei­ther. Like Kath & Kim, Some Girls in­vites you to laugh at ev­ery­day id­iocy but pokes you in the con­science as it does so. Viva is the moral cen­tre of the show, sur­rounded by a pha­lanx of daffy char­ac­ters at school and at home. Dolly Wells is a treat as sadis­tic Kiwi teacher Anna ‘‘ Bitch­cock’’ Hitch­cock.

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