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BBC3 Launches New Series ('Some Girls') w/ Black Female Teen Lead; Watch Episode 1

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 16, 2012 12:52 PM
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It's not often that we see TV series centered around the lives of black people - in this case, a black teenage girl. So when that happens, we take notice!

A new show on BBC3 that I'm only just now learning about, titled Some Girls, stars Adelayo Adedayo and centers on the lives and loves of a group of quirky 16-year-old girls who play on the same school football team and live in the same inner city neighborhood.

Any of our Brit readers watching this? What're your thoughts on it thus far?

Some Girls launched on November 6 (when its first episode aired on BBC3), and is currently 2 episodes in, with episode 3 scheduled to air on November 20. So it's still early in the season - although I learned that it's only a 6-episode season (which is common across the pond; no 13 to 24 episode seasons like we have here in the USA).

But Adelayo Adedayo (whose name might be familiar, since she co-starred in a Brit drama called SKET, which we profiled on S&A earlier this year), leads Some Girls (which immediately made me think of HBO's hit series Girls, but in name only. Although if I recall, Girls also centers on the lives and loves of a group of quirky women - not 16-year-olds; they don't live in an *inner city* neighborhood however). 

Here's the breakdown:

At the heart of the comedy is Viva (Adelayo Adedayo), whose ambition is to stay motivated and go to college. She lives with her dad Rob (Colin Salmon) and her stepmother Anna (Dolly Wells), a New Zealander who also happens to be Viva's sadistic PE teacher. Viva is great friends with Holli (Natasha Jonas) whose entertaining, violent outbursts are legendary. Saz (Mandeep Dhillon) and Amber (Alice Felgate) complete the gang. They talk about everything from history homework to their ambitions in life. They share everything: their clothes, their moods, their secrets and - occasionally - their mothers' tranquillisers.

Hat-tip to Colin Salmon, another S&A fave actor whose name has come up often. Glad that he's busy.

I was surprised to find episodes of the new series already on YouTube - full episodes! I embedded episode 1 below; but first, a clip from series for a sample of what it's like, before you decide to jump into a full episode.

Here's the short clip:

And here's episode 1 in full (I haven't watched it yet, because I haven't had a moment, but dive in and let me know what you think):

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  • ariyann | November 30, 2013 9:59 AMReply

    when is episode 7 coming out

  • jess | October 29, 2013 5:21 PMReply

    is their going to be a series 3?xo

  • Cynthia | February 5, 2013 7:27 PMReply

    The UK has a great way of portraying colored people without having to point at their race all the time. Not to mention, they're in a great amount of roles geared toward numerous demographics, as compared to here in the US.

    In terms of the show, I like it. The blonde girl was the funniest to me, and Viva is charming to watch.

  • Kayley | January 15, 2013 12:47 PMReply

    It's amazing! Will there be more seasons?

  • Zia | December 23, 2012 9:49 PMReply

    Absolutely love this programme. Sad it's only 6 episodes in length as I got hooked into it only to find that it wasn't continued for a long length of time. I'm a 16 year old from London myself and found the series relatable in an ive aggregated way. Some really funny moments! Love it, want more!

  • Akimbo | November 23, 2012 11:33 AMReply

    That was really good. I'm in.

  • bondgirl | November 19, 2012 1:08 PMReply

    Adorable. The actress has great comedic timing."Year 3, teaching PE teachers how to spell PE..." LOL I love when Brits are snarky.

  • Greg | November 18, 2012 7:20 AMReply

    Cheeky as fk. Dig it. Heavy brav.

  • Nadine | November 17, 2012 6:54 PMReply

    Love it. Too many scenes to love and point out (the girl running with the bloody nose - funny). They're foul, but closer to realistic girls (sans the excessive cursing, or maybe not sans the cursing). Girls are savages.... and that's okay. Making them only saccharin, sweet, one version of "hot", demure yet always noble or heroic is stupid, mainstream America. Inbetweeners is hilarious and I can understand the comparisons, but those guys seemed lower in the "popular" food chain than the others which I think is the real difference... different issues when you don't have to worry about appearing cool. The diversity is inspiring and the acting... adorable.

  • Troy | November 20, 2012 3:35 AM

    While there is great pressure on young women, all they have to do is put out to be accepted in broader circles. That doesnt work for their male counterparts.

  • Nadine | November 17, 2012 7:15 PM

    The panic attack in episode 2... I'm crying...

  • Jai | November 17, 2012 5:15 PMReply

    I like it so far.

  • BluTopaz | November 17, 2012 3:55 PMReply

    Cute show. If this was produced in America the lead character would be a 250 lbs sassy neck roller.

  • Troy | November 20, 2012 3:32 AM

    Hedging your bets I see, I need another reason to be disappointed so let me use my predisposition of race in America coupled with the predictability of BBC shows that appeal to teens being reproduced by American networks. Flaws and accessibility do make people more attractive where on television or in person. I like highly efficient characters but they don't sell well to the Cult of Schadenfreude.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | November 17, 2012 11:49 AMReply

    Man, this is more "multi-colored" than any of the shows I see on network TV, or cable for that matter. British comedy just sends me -- the accents, the wit, the different-yet-familiar cultural mores -- and probably because I too have a sarcastic, cynical, prick-ish sense of humor. Anyway, I like the characters, I like the setup and this first episode is enough to keep me interested. It's no "Inbetweeners," but I don't know that it's trying to be (as in the case of the US adaptation of "Inbetweeners," which is trying and failing terribly).

  • connie | November 17, 2012 7:04 AMReply

    I liked the clip, might check out the episode after I catch up on "Arrow". Colin Salmon is playing an interesting character on Arrow. He and David Ramsey are both on "Arrow" with lines and back stories. So of course I keep wondering which one will die first.

  • kara | November 23, 2012 9:20 AM

    I didn't know he was on Arrow....
    as for some girls.. it's ok actually..I wish he'd (Colin Salmon) could get on law and order SVU.. I don't know why.. but I think he'd be great on that show.. I'll have to check out Arrow.. I'd watch it just because he's on it..

  • Ava | November 16, 2012 7:03 PMReply

    I think it has promise. The main character's friends have such strong (i.e. wacky) personalities, I just hope Viva's personality and story doesn't get lost in the mayhem. I do like that she is an intelligent, snarky Black teen girl who knows what she wants out of life (or perhaps more importantly at that age-- what she doesn't want) and who just happens to live in Council housing.
    I hope the dialog doesn't flow into that 'too cool for school' type of speech that all teens seem to be given on TV but so far, I think the pace is pretty good as each person seems to have their own distinct personality.
    Most importantly, you have a fairly likeable main character in Viva, one whom I think has the potential to be a very a character that many will relate to. Since she is the main draw, this is fairly important. Hopefully the show will find its footing and get better.
    And yes, big up to Colin Salmon...haven't seen him in a bit.

  • Alex | November 16, 2012 5:34 PMReply

    I'm still warming to this show. After the success of Inbetweeners its nice to have a comedy female spin on brit teen life in place of the exhausting too cool for school tripe that became SKINS. Especially in South London (WOOP!) Colin Salmon is in the most light-hearted role ive seen him and he's great. Ade is gorgeous and can go far, also the blonde dumb friend, she brings the laughs with her nonsense talk. It's on to something, just needs a chance. Wish it was on Channel 4...

  • Monique A. Williams | November 16, 2012 2:58 PMReply

    Accents are strong! Looks good from the preview, but I'll pass it on to my daughter.

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