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Friday 31 October 2014

Happy ending fear for Inbetweener

Joe Thomas hopes the US Inbetweeners are losers too

Inbetweeners star Joe Thomas said he hoped the people behind the US re-make of the hit show resist the temptation to provide a happy ending for its hapless characters.

The show, which starred Joe as the lovelorn Simon and followed the antics of four schoolboys struggling with life at the fictional Rudge Park Comprehensive, is being remade by MTV.

Joe said: "I'll be really interested to see it but I can't imagine how it will work."

He went on: "Hopefully, they will do their own thing. These characters aren't heroes, they are anti-heroes. They can't win, they can't be seen to win."

The 27-year-old actor said he hoped the new show did not just try to recreate the original UK cast.

He said: "I hope they don't look at us and just pick four average teenagers. Although I heard the Jay character is quite fat, so that is a good sign."

Joe has teamed up with fellow Inbetweener Simon Bird and his long-term writing partner Jonny Sweet for a new show, Chickens, about three young men who avoid joining the army during the First World War.

He said: "I did a history degree so it actually came in useful for this. The other two thought I was some kind of expert.

"Still, it was nice I could finally look my parents in the eye after they paid for my education.

"Hopefully, the pilot will do well and we will get a series out of it."

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