The Inbetweeners: Series 3 review (DVD)

We’re now in the upper sixth at Rudge Park Comprehensive School and Will (Bird), Simon (Thomas), Jay (Buckley) and Neil (Harrison) are growing up. Actually, they’re not at all. But they are older and with a new term comes a whole new set of opportunities and experiences – all of which they duly fail to take advantage of or generally arse up. Highlights of this series include scoring some drugs, one of the characters having an actual girlfriend and going to university – all of which end disastrously.

It’s often said that the second of a sitcom series is the most difficult but after writers Morris and Beesley successfully overcame that hurdle, the challenge was on to at least match it with season three. Thankfully the situations are at least as ridiculous as in the two previous series and there’s more swearing and vomit than you’d imagine possible. Even more importantly though, the jokes are as funny as ever with some classic lines (“I’m going to fuck your fucking fanny off, you twat”) and no one who enjoyed this series is likely to forget the ‘Clungemobile’.

If there are any failings with this series it’s that the boys are possibly getting a bit old to play 17/18-year-olds but let’s face it, The Inbetweeners has never been about realism. It’s still the television programme that best portrays what it’s like being an average teenage boy in suburbia and has been one of the most consistently funny British sitcom in recent years. It may be the end of the show as we know it but there is at least a film about the boys on holiday to look forward to in the not-too-distant future.

EXTRAS ★★★★ As ever, there’s a plethora of special features to satisfy fans of the show, with more than an hour of standalone extras. Most impressively though, there are audio commentaries for all six episodes by the writers and cast. There's also Behind the scenes with the cast – ‘the boys’ thoughts from a spa’, ‘the squirrel’ and ‘in the car’; Video diaries – a day in the life of each of the boys as well as Greg Davies who once again steals the show; as well as a few deleted scenes and surprisingly few outtakes. They must be very professional after all.•  VIDEO: Justin Bateman's EXCLUSIVE Inbetweeners set visit

Justin Bateman is a Screenjabber contributor

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