Peoples Digest Online-
Missing The Inbetweeners? Well fret no more, because the people that brought you that most outrageous of comedy shows are back – and this time they’re outdoing themselves.
Because White Gold, the latest effort from that show’s co-creator Damon Beesley, doesn’t hold back when it comes to X-rated humour and sweariness – delivering some of the most outrageous moments you’ll have seen on a TV comedy show all year.
And as if that’s not enough, it also reunites Damon with several of the Inbetweeners’ original cast members – as well as welcoming Gossip Girl’s Ed Westwick on board.
Here – ahead of the show’s BBC Two debut on May 25 – is why you won’t want to miss out…
What’s White Gold all about then?
Double glazing, basically. Or at least the people who sell it. To explain, White Gold is set in 1983, in Essex-based double glazing showroom Cachet Windows, and focuses on the fortunes (and misfortunes) of its staff, led by the suave, unscrupulous Vincent Swan (Gossip Girl’s Ed Westwick). And the White Gold bit refers to the plastic window frames they sell. Imagine Wolf Of Wall Street set in some random Essex borough, focusing on bits of random white plastic and featuring toilet humour by the truckload, and you’ll get the idea.
So who will I recognise?
Apart from Ed, obviously (who you’ll remember was Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl) White Gold also features The Inbetweeners’ James Buckley and Joe Thomas as salesmen Lavender and Fitzpatrick – who aren’t averse to a few sneaky tricks when it comes to making those sale (witness the scene where one of them manages to resell a set to windows to a customer who’s only just had them redone).
If I liked The Inbetweeners, I’ll like this then?
Chances are you will, since it treads the same paths of outrageous humour as that show – with sex, drugs, vomit, swearing and an awkward visit to a dogging site which doesn’t go according to plan. And that’s just in the first couple of episodes. Suffice to say, if your taste in humour veers towards the more genteel then this probably won’t be for you – but it’s a must-see if you were a fan of Buckley and Thomas in that series.
However Thomas has admitted he’s delighted to be reunited with James – particularly as he’s written some of this series and certainly didn’t skimp on the jokes aimed at his Invetweeners colleague.
‘It was great working with James again,’ he explained. ‘I wrote jokes where I called him Buck Ugly and I think he looks like Yoda.’
Given the 1980s setting the show isn’t exactly the most politically correct one you’ll have ever seen – with jokes about the Irish and other races which may well cause a few hackles to rise. But before you pick up the phone and complain, just remember it’s set in the early 80s and Beesley is portraying the banter of that era, rather than that of the 21st Century.
As he pointed out at a recent Q&A: ‘The show is set in the 1980s and the lines are of that era. We are not going to use them gratuitously. The characters who make these comments are picked up about their behaviour.’
And the 80s, right?
Yup, not only is the humour fast-paced but the soundtrack is too, with one classic 80s hit after another punctuating the action.
So when’s it on?
White Gold kicks off on Wednesday May 24 on BBC Two at 10pm.