is a Brit Com
that debuted in 2012.
The series revolves around four sixth-formers: only sane woman
Holli, maths geek Saz, and Cloudcuckoolander
Amber. The show is driven by the girls having sex, trying to get/drop boyfriends, or coping with their evil PE teacher from New Zealand (who also happens to be Viva's stepmother).
Much of the show's humour comes from the fact that it Crosses the Line Twice
; there is so much swearing, it stops being unoriginal and becomes funny. The same could be said about the sexual content.
A second series has aired September 2013 and it has been recently renewed
for a third series.
This series provides examples of:
- A-Cup Angst: While not flat-chested, Amber is upset over having smaller breasts than Charlie.
- Adults Are Useless: Zig-zagged. While we don't see many of the adults in their lives outside Viva's father and stepmother, we do learn that Holli's mother is a neglectful drug addict, and the principal is more concerned with her chocolate stash than the student body. Viva and Jamie have a very close and loving relationship with their dad, but don't always see eye to eye with him.
- Age-Appropriate Angst
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: The four main female characters are all footballers, whilst their arch-enemies are cheerleaders. One of the storylines is that Amber's boyfriend ditches her for the head cheerleader, and there is plenty of complaining about how large said cheerleader's breasts are.
- Alpha Bitch: Charlie and the cheerleaders
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Jamie to Viva.
- Big Man on Campus: Tyler Blaine, who is the head boy at school and he's smart, charming, and arrogant. Even Anna takes a fancy to him.
- Brainy Brunette: Viva, whose biggest dream is to become a psychologist, and Saz, whose favorite subject is Maths.
- Council Estate: All four main leads live in the same council estate in south London. In contrast to other shows, the neighborhood is diverse and quite working class (Rob is a firefighter) and fairly nicer than most depictions.
Viva: Just because we live on an estate, we're not all single mums or drug problems...well, some of us.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Amber in spades, and Viva when she's around her crush.
- Deadpan Snarker: Saz. She also has a tendency to say the wrong things at the wrong time, which has bitten her in the ass many times.
- Dumb Blonde/The Ditz: Amber. Viva's introduction of her has her running into a door...despite the sign saying "Pull To Open".
- Eye Am Watching You: Holli does this to a nun who had been apparently took all the remaining Hawaiian pizza slices. The nun repeats the gesture in kind.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Holli, whose violent outbursts are so legendary, that she makes everyone run for the hills. She once threw a toilet out the window during one of these.
- Saz reacts angrily to anything she perceives as a slight. Like telling her little sister to shut up for coughing. (She also once slammed Holli's head into a table, but that's justified as Holli told Saz's crush at point blank that Saz was a virgin and wanted to bone him, further humiliating Saz, who had been crying about the matter earlier.)
- Hidden Depths: Holli is prone to violence and Tough Love, but she genuinely loves her siblings and ghostwrote a surprisingly popular advice column in the school paper for extra credit.
- Amber has watched enough episodes of Call the Midwife to identify the fact Anna goes into labor early.
- Hopeless Auditionees: The cheerleaders audition for the school talent show as a dance act and they're absolutely terrible. Not only that, Holli sabotaged their heels, causing them to collapse on the ground.
- Hot for Teacher: Holli, over the counselor hired after the death of Mr. Andrews.
- Amber suffers from this too.
- Hypocritical Humor: One of the many elements in the show's humor.
Rob: What are you so angry about?
Viva: I'm not angry, you big fucking moron!
Rob: Don't call me a fucking moron!
Viva: [gasps] I can't believe you're swearing at me.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In revenge for Charlie's bullying of Amber and causing tension among the girls, Holli sabotages Charlie's dance group's heels, causing them to spectacularly fail their talent contest audition. Holli takes pictures and posts them all over the school.
- Middle Child Syndrome: Saz, who comes from a large Sikh family and has three sisters.
- Mysterious Past: Ryan who later turns out to be in the Russia mafia.
- Morning Sickness: Anna when she finds out she's pregnant.
- Nature Abhors a Virgin: At least in Saz's mind as she wants to lose her virginity with her crush. Viva and Holli are virgins as well, although they don't seen to make a big deal of it like Saz does.
- It's mentioned later in series 2 that Viva did successfully sleep with Rocky. It's also heavily implied that Saz did lose her virginity as well.
- Parents Walk In at the Worst Time: The finale of the first season had Rob and Anna returning to vacation and discovering the girls in various stages of undress with boys.
- Parent with New Paramour: Viva's father Rob and Anna, who also happens to be Viva's football coach. No mention is made of Viva and Jamie's mother and Viva alternates between complaining about Anna and putting up with her for Rob's sake.
- Anna's constant berating of Jamie for chronically masturbating in public wins her a few points in Viva's book, and by the time Anna has given birth, Viva appears to have grudgingly come around.
- Primal Scene: How Viva discovered Rob and Anna's relationship: she walked in on Anna humping him. Luckily, they were both clothed, but still awkward for Viva.
- Promotion to Parent: Holli seems to be in charge of raising all her siblings, since her mum takes so many drugs she doesn't even understand Bob the Builder.
- Sadist Teacher: Anna, who the girls have dubbed "Miss Bitchcock". She's also Viva's stepmother.
- Shout-Out: The counselor is consistently referred to as Dr. Nick.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: Ruby, who later betrays the group to Charlie after being kicked out for bullying Saz.
- Slapstick Knows no Gender: Part of the comedy stems from the girls' pratfalls that they find themselves in.
- Stepford Snarker: Saz is actually quite lonely and struggles to make herself stand out, so she hides behind her sarcasm and anger.
- Technical Virgin: Holli's main reason for not having sex is because she didn't want to be a teenage mother like her own. She's open to experimenting, but refuses to do anything that might result in pregnancy.
- Teen Drama
- Teen Pregnancy: Mel has a baby when the series starts. Charlie later gets pregnant. Holli is the product of one.
- True Companions: The four main girls. Sure they'll have their disagreements and fights, but ultimately stick together in the end.