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Pramface was a comedy show on BBC3 that follows the lives of Jamie and Laura, two teenagers from different walks of life who end up sleeping together at a party. Just weeks later the eighteen-year-old Laura realises she's pregnant. And then she realises that the father, Jamie, is only sixteen. The series shows Jamie and Laura attempting to cope with their new responsibilities, while dealing with embarrassing parents and their struggles to still be normal teenagers.

The first series of Pramface started in February 2012, and only had six episodes. A second series with seven episodes was aired in January 2013. The third series aired in February 2014, also with only six episodes. In August 2014 the series was cancelled.


Jamie Prince - A sixteen-year-old trying to get laid after sitting his GCSEs. Sweet and somewhat naïve, Jamie is the Only Sane Man to both his friends and his family.

Laura Derbyshire - An eighteen-year-old girl just about to go to university, when she ends up pregnant from a one-night stand with Jamie at a party. She's mouthy and rebels against her parents due to their troubled relationship.

Mike Fenton - Jamie's best friend, a typical teenager who always seems to be getting into trouble due to his near obsession with getting laid.


Beth Mitchell - Jamie's other friend, a Granola Girl who has an unrequited crush on him. She's obsessed with human rights and really doesn't like Laura.

Danielle Reeves - Laura's best friend, a somewhat ditzy girl who is slowly drifting away from Laura due to her being pregnant.

Sandra Prince - Jamie's mother, a kind, motherly sort who isn't afraid of putting her son and husband in place when they need it. Takes a shine to Laura, and even gives her advice.

Keith Prince - Jamie's father, a man who can never catch a break due to everything that's happening in his life. Funny and good-natured, Keith really does do the best he can for his family.

Janet Derbyshire - Laura's uptight mother, who is quite volatile towards her husband. She isn't a good listener, and tends to be quite blunt and controlling.


Alan Derbyshire - Laura's father, who has had affairs in the past, and tends to be a little closer to Laura than she is with her mother. He's good-natured, if a little snobby.

Pramface contains examples of:

  • All Issues Are Political Issues: Beth, starting in the pilot episode when she refuses to go to a party held by a popular guy whose parents are rumored to be arms dealers. She goes on about how going to the party is practically endorsing African genocide.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Both Jamie and Laura's parents are incredibly embarrassing.
  • As the Good Book Says...: Played with when Mike, on a religious bent, gives us the following: "Thou shalt not feel up a godmother in the house of the Lord."
  • Born in an Elevator: Almost-Laura's water breaks in a lift, but she gives birth in a shop's storage area.
  • Brainy Brunette: Beth. Laura counts too-we see that she got amazing grades in her A-Levels.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Laura, definitely Laura. She even storms off upstairs and sneaks out of her room to go to the party where she met Jamie.
  • British Brevity: The first series has six half-hour-long episodes. Later, so did the third.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Played for Laughs. Jamie follows Laura to university, and uses the excuse that she's his sister to try and find out where she is. Unfortunately people get the wrong idea when he later says that he was the one who got her pregnant.
  • But We Used a Condom: Jamie and Laura did, it was just put on wrong.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Mike. Granted he has a habit of bringing it on himself, but still.
  • Camp Gay: The male 'friend of a friend' with whom Beth tries to set Mike up.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Mike ends up doing this after being thrown out of a party, only for his mother to walk in on him during the "climax". To the Top Gear (UK) theme.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Beth. Laura also has her moments, as does Laura's mother.
  • Delivery Guy: Poor Jamie ends up being this, as he's the only one around when Laura gives birth. Despite initially panicking, he phones his father, who gives him surprisingly good advice about acting like he knows what he's doing, to calm Laura down. Jamie then takes charge, even if he does end up screaming along with Laura.
  • The Ditz: Laura's friend Danielle has shades of this, but Mike definitely is.
  • Friendship Moment: There's a sweet one between Laura and Danielle after Laura inadvertently ends up making out with the guy Danielle was interested in.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Despite going to a clinic to hear her options, having abortion suggested by her best friend and parents, plus worrying about how motherhood is going to work while she's going to university, Laura goes through with her pregnancy.
  • Granola Girl: Beth has shades of this.
  • Hollywood Atheist: Beth, in keeping with her overall haranguing manner, mocks her friend and his (admittedly ill-informed) beliefs after he becomes Christian, even replacing all of the hymnals in a church with copies of The God Delusion.
  • Instant Birth: Just Add Water!: Laura's water breaks in the lift in the car-park, while she and Jamie were trying to find his car. She then gives birth in the storage area behind a shop.
  • Insult Backfire: Mike asks Beth how he looks when he's found religion, dressing all in white while sporting a huge cross, and says "Thank you" when she answers "Like a lunatic."
  • Jerkass: Beth can come across as this from time to time.
  • Lamaze Class: Where poor Jamie ends up being called up to the front for a demonstration. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Mike, thanks to Beth, and the fact he was pretending to be bisexual at the time.
  • Mood Whiplash: While a comedy at heart, sometimes funny scenes will quickly change to a more dramatic one.
  • Moral Dissonance: When Beth begs Mike to go on a double date with her, she doesn't mention that it's with a guy, despite knowing full well that Mike is straight. She then sits there snidely while Mike tries to make out that he's bisexual to avoid hurting the guy's feelings (and his chances with said guy's gorgeous female friend), and tells everyone that Mike is more gay than straight. While it's Played for Laughs, we're apparently meant to think that Beth did nothing wrong.
  • Obvious Pregnancy: Laura is showing as of the fourth episode, though it's justified due to the time skip.
  • One-Night-Stand Pregnancy: Laura ends up pregnant with Jamie's baby due to a tryst they had during a party.
  • Only Sane Man: Jamie seems to be this, though occasionally Laura joins him.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Laura gives an epic one to Francesca, a snooty friend of Danielle's.
  • Right Behind Me: When Laura is ranting to Jamie about being pregnant, she only realizes at the last minute that her parents are standing right behind her.
  • Screaming Birth: Poor Laura. Then again, Jamie was also screaming along with her.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Mike likes to think he is all that when it comes to women. He really, really isn't.
  • The Snark Knight: Beth once again.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Beth harangues both her friends and strangers if they do anything to contradict one of her personal causes, no matter how (sometimes wildly) inappropriate that is.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Played with. Jamie follows Laura to university to try and talk things over, but instead comes across as being a little stalkerish. It only gets worse when somehow the entire university knows not only that Jamie got Laura pregnant, but they also believe that they are brother and sister.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Laura, of course. The title Pramface is slang for someone who looks like she should be pushing a pram around a council estate.
  • Tsundere: Beth, though she spends most of her time in the tsun tsun area. Laura has her moments as well.


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