Drifters: Landing a job is a TV laughing matter...

Lauren O'Rourke, Jessica Knappett and Lydia Rose Bewley as ex-students in the E4 comedy Drifters.
Lauren O'Rourke, Jessica Knappett and Lydia Rose Bewley as ex-students in the E4 comedy Drifters.
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The anxious search for work after university might not be a barrel of laughs for struggling students in the current climate.

But television executives are hoping to tickle the funny bone with a new six-part comedy about the travails of three graduates in Leeds.

Written by and starring Jessica Knappett, E4 says Drifters is about the reality that hits home when university is over and it’s time to get a job.

Knappett said: “It’s about three girls in their mid-20s who have been mates for a long time – they’ve just come out of education, and are going through what can only be described as a ‘quarter-life crisis’.

“They’re getting their first taste of reality, and realise that they’re not just going to get their dream jobs.

“Their lives are not going to start automatically, they’re going to have to do something about it. They’re in their drifting, waiting-around period.”

Made by Bwark Productions – the company behind hit comedy The Inbetweener – the series stars Knappett as Meg, Lydia Rose Bewley as her cousin Bunny and Lauren O’Rourke as friend Laura.

Her parents are played by 
Bob Mortimer and Arabella Weir.

Knappett studied drama and English at the University of Manchester.

She was also a founder member of Lady Garden, a sketch group who met in Manchester in 2005 and performed their first show at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, returning in 2009 and 2010.

The group toured England and performed at comedy festivals in Sheffield, Manchester, Brighton. The actress, who 
appeared in the Inbetweeners film, added: “They say “write about what you know”, and in lots of ways, I suppose I am 

“I took some humiliating incidents from my life that I thought would make quite good premises for episodes, and then I exaggerated them and took bits out for legal reasons.

“It is quite autobiographical, but obviously I’ve made quite a lot of it up, too, because that’s writing – you do have to use your imagination somewhat.

“It’s not a documentary.”

Episodes one and two will debut on E4 on October 31.

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