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Drifters is a British sitcom that first aired on E4 on 31 October 2013. The programme stars Jessica Knappett, Lydia Rose Bewley and Lauren O'Rourke as three female friends - Meg, her cousin Bunny and their friend Laura - who live in Leeds following their graduation from university. Seen much as a female version of The Inbetweeners, no doubt aided by Knappett and Bewleys' roles as love interests for the boys in The Inbetweeners Movie.

Not to be confused with Drifters, the manga of the same name.


This show provides examples of:

Jenny: "The last time your dad surprised me was 25 years ago at a Spandau Ballet concert when he proposed, and then we had a quickie in the disabled toilet."
Meg: "Oh, my God!"
Jenny: "Whereas now it's - Well, you know, he puts it in where he's supposed to put it in, wiggles it about a bit."
Meg: "You're making me think of my dad's penis."
Jenny: "I mean, I have always wanted to be dominated. And I'm not even talking dungeons and chains."
Meg: "Please stop."
Jenny: "Just a little bit of S&M!"
Meg: "She's still going!"
Jenny: "You know, and that never hurt anybody, did it?"
Meg: "I feel quite sick."
Bunny: "Do you use toys, Auntie Jenny?"
Jenny: "Oh, put it this way, I don't know where I'd be without Bertie."
Meg: "Who's Bertie?"
Jenny: "My vibrator."
Meg: "Right, bye!"
Meg: "I can't believe you're knobbing the venue manager."
Mark: "Yeah? I'm just so happy. I mean, how fit is she! I really feel like I'm moving on. She makes me feel good about myself. I'm confident, I'm capable, I'm running my own business, I've got new friends, I've got money, I've got a girlfriend. I just feel sexy, and you won't believe this, Meg - she likes it up the bum."
Hugh: "Why do people always say this? You sound just like the PTA! It is not creepy to take an interest in young people, especially if the feeling is mutual. Hmm, I suppose it was creepy that I chose to run netball club, like it was 'creepy' that I did a gym-knicker check. There is nothing creepy about having your favourites, watching them ripen then contacting them online once they're of legal age."
Leia: "Don't worry guys, I've got this. Is there a problem, officer?"
Security Guard: "Yeah there is, actually-"
Leia: (raising her T-shirt) "I said - is there a problem, officer?"
Security Guard: "Er... no. No, no problem." (He walks off).
Leia: "Didn't think so."
Laura: "Gary! What are you looking at?"
Gary: "Porn."
Laura: "Do you know how insulting this is? I do all the same stuff that they do."
Gary: "Oh, come on, Laura, you're not as dirty as the internet."
Bunny: "He's the perfect man."
Meg: "Yes. Yes, I know, Bunny."
Bunny: "He's very kind, isn't he? And generous."
Meg: "And intelligent. And I've never been so bored in my life."
Meg: "Bunny, listen to me. I've found something out, it's pretty bad."
Bunny: "It wasn't my fault. How was I supposed to know he was underage?"
Meg: "OK, not that."
Bunny: "Oh, good."

  • In 'Roomies':
Gary: "Look, we can go and get a bigger wardrobe!"
Laura: "We can't go back to Bargain Interiors, Gary. The magistrate was very clear about that."
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Bunny has an audition to voice-over a furniture commercial in 'Skint'. Determined to be "Anywhere but boarding school", she practises in a pirate voice. At the audition, she affects a broad northern accent but soon discards it. The producers, increasingly desperate not to laugh, make her say her piece in Liverpule, Oirish and Beermingum voices.
  • Oop North: Set in and around Leeds.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: In 'Skint':
Jenny: "Why aren't you at work?"
Meg: "I could ask you the same question, mum."
Jenny: "! always pop home at lunchtime for a pork sandwich."
Meg: "I really hope that's not a euphemism."
Jenny: "Depends what mood your dad's in."
Meg: "Gross."
Jenny: "Well, we got very tired at bedtime - in many ways, it's actually the worst time for intercourse."
Meg: "Why are you telling me this?"
Meg: "So, you heard all that, did you?"
Mark: "Most of it, yeah."
Meg: "Did you hear the bit where I said I didn't actually want to get back together with you and just not wanting to see you happy with anyone else?"
Mark: "Yeah."
Meg: "Did you hear the bit where Fay said she also found you intense and creepy and she was just using you for sex?"
Mark: "Yeah."
Meg: "Malcolm, unfortunately, we are looking for a higher investment opportunity, so, with that in mind, I'm afraid we will have to withdraw our assets... ourselves as employees. I'm afraid, Malcolm, we're out."
Laura: "Meg, will you calm down? Everything's going to be OK. Don't forget it's Apocalash tonight."
Meg: "Oh, yeah! We can sell our Apocalash tickets to buy food!" (Laura slaps her) "Ow! Laura!"
Laura: "Not thinking straight, are you?"
Meg: "No. Sorry, Laura. It's just, I haven't eaten for a day and I'm really hungry and I'm scared about not having a job and I think I might die."
Laura: "In other words, you need a good night out."
Bunny: "Are you on your own?"
Henry: "Yes, unfortunately."
Bunny: "Have we met? I just felt like we had a connection."
Meg: "You do realise he's your cousin?"
Bunny: "Oh! First or second?"
Henry: "First."
Bunny: "Tom! Tim?"
Henry: "Henry."
Bunny: "Henry."
Henry: "I've got to go now, I feel uncomfortable."
Meg: "Spiritual connection, blood relation - same thing."
Meg: "He twisted his ankle playing football."
Laura: "I thought he forgot."
Meg: "For a minute there, I thought he was going to stand me up."
Laura: "He did."
Meg: "Because if he had stood me up, I would not be going over there."
Laura: "He has and you are."
Meg: "But he's hurt his ankle and lucky for him, I am-"
Laura: "Desperate."
Meg: "-nice. Anyway, I'll see you tomorrow."
  • Waiting for a Break: Aspiring actress Bunny. In 'Hot & Cold', gets a job selling refreshments in a theatre and attempts to impress the cast.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Possibly unintentionally. In 'Sober', Meg, seething at being barged aside by a fully-costumed runner, brings them down just before the finishing line - but only then realises how young they are.
  • You Need to Get Laid: In 'Dry Run', when Meg admits to not having had sex in 12 months.

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