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Dana Stevens | 15:37 UK time, Monday, 2 August 2010

Here on the BBC Three blog we like to give you a special treat every now and then; so for the next three weeks we'll be giving you the chance to watch three brand new comedies right here on the blog a whole week before they are shown on telly. We're nice like that.

The new comedy pilots we'll be showing you are Inn Mates, The Klang Show and The Adventures of Daniel. As ever, if you like what you see feel free to let us know and add your comments.

First up is Inn Mates about a group of friends who are as close as family, who spend their time at The Friendship Inn. And for the Coming of Age fans among you, yes that is Joe Tracini (who plays DK) that you can spot in the pub! Although he does look different without his tracksuit. It was written by John Warburton, a Manchester-based writer, comedian and actor, and the first person to have gone through the BBC College of Comedy to get their script to screen!

So have a look and don't forget to tell us what you think.

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Inn Mates will be on BBC Three on Monday 9th August at 9.30pm.

Don't forget to check back here next week to get a preview of the next comedy show.
Head over to the Comedy blog to read what the writer John Warburton has to say about working on sitcoms.

Dana Stevens is content producer for BBC Three online.


  • Comment number 1.

    The Inn Mates was sharp, witty and had some great laugh-out-loud visual moments. I hope a full series is forthcoming.

  • Comment number 2.

    My first thought was this is no good when I saw the Shep flowers and then the Bernard/ Stanley Matthews ham and turkey joke but first impressions can be deceptive, so I carried on and watched another three minutes.

  • Comment number 3.

    Inn Mates! Loved it! Give us more! Disco Biscuits LOL!

  • Comment number 4.

    Absolutely BRILLIANT!!

  • Comment number 5.

    VERY good

  • Comment number 6.

    Was it Friends? Or 2 Pints of Larger? an all human cast of Mongrels?

    Perhaps a stab at all three? I hope it does well with BBC viewers, but not for me I'm afraid.

  • Comment number 7.

    I got an unfriendly largesse from a 2 dimensional cast, resultant from a mongrel script.

    I only watched five minutes though.

  • Comment number 8.

    Average same old same old sitcom about a bunch of 20 somethings really. Nothing new in the format, but still an enjoyable watch if you like that sort of thing.

  • Comment number 9.

    I'm sorry. I was sure the word sitcom implies there will be some comedy involved. But they seem to have left that bit out. Cliched characters and no punchlines. Very disappointing indeed. I want those 30 minutes of my life back, please.

  • Comment number 10.

    As a keen overseas watcher of Beeb comedies, I found this above average but feel that we've been here before. Echoes of Two Pints, Friends, Phoenix Nights...nice to have no laugh-track. I'd recommend a six episode run and see if the characters have somewhere to go in order to keep viewer interest.

  • Comment number 11.

    Incredible. A cast with the chemistry and charm that Friends took ten years to achieve, a script with the wit of Seinfeld at its peak, and directed with the flair and invention of 30 Rock. I already look forward to series 2, let alone series 1.

  • Comment number 12.

    Should add in fairness, an incredible coup from bbc3, having a big name -sitcom favourite, like the bankrupt Neil Morrisey to star.

    They have done well getting him.

  • Comment number 13.

    I just don't see what's funny about a smelly little alcoholic slapper, is it just me, or does anyone agree that this is not what we want to see touted? Especially since we all have known those tragic characters, so many of whom end up commuting suicide or choking on puke. The whole 'E' thing is 10-15 years too late and the last joke attempt was a straight rip from Spaced, when 'Tyres' trip danced at a pelican crossing. A couple of funny moments. 2 out of 10. Maybe, just maybe Generation Z too young for this material, will love it and also aspire to be alcies and pill poppers.

  • Comment number 14.

    I thought it was a pretty good first episode, laughed a few times and think there is definitely something there in the writing. No way near as cringey as Two Pints or Grownups. Writer maybe needs to reign in the cliches a bit. Would definitely like to see more though

  • Comment number 15.

    Oh I get it now! It’s about friendship and the name of the pub is ‘The Friendship Inn’ and the show is called ‘Inn Mates’ and they’re all mates in an Inn and they’re all sleeping with each other so you could say they’re all ‘in’ each other hopefully wearing a condom...‘Mates’ of course. Oh Brother these subliminal messages are so hard to get!
    I’m sure that there are many aspiring sitcom writers out there who, like me, have just watched this episode of ‘Inn Mates’ in total and utter disbelief.
    It manages to ignore every single piece of advice given, to aspiring sitcom writers, on the BBC Writers Room website.
    How do the Writers Room professionals have the nerve to proffer advice on sitcom writing and then sit back and watch the BBC produce this utter trash?
    Your sitcom should be original they say, characters should ‘leap off the page’, ‘surprise your reader’, ‘start funny’, ‘engage the reader/viewer emotionally’ etc etc.
    The BBC Writers Room will only read the first ten pages of an unsolicited sitcom script and will judge it on that basis. More often than not the script will be sent back to the writer without comment. On that basis, how did ‘Inn Mates’ get a full script read, let alone get produced? I’m aware that it didn’t go through the Writers Room process but still; it was neither funny nor engaging.
    How can an aspiring sitcom writer take the advice of the BBC Writers Room seriously when this is the kind of clichéd, unoriginal, crass, teenage-audience-chasing, unfunny rubbish that gets produced?
    That said, I’m sure that John Warburton must be thrilled to see his sitcom produced; I’m green with envy...I only hope the scraping of the bottom of the barrel doesn’t keep him awake at night.

  • Comment number 16.

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  • Comment number 17.

    this was funny I liked it good work BBC Three

  • Comment number 18.

    In my oppinion although this had maybe one or two funny moments and a few likable characters (Chiz and Kaney, but only really for the awww factor of their naivety) it probably isn't going to work as a sitcom. From unfunny to blatantly stolen jokes, and characters that to be fair after 5 minutes just grated on your last nerve it's just not great. Saying that as I stated before it had the odd moment, but needs a LOT of work before even considering it for a series.

  • Comment number 19.

    hopefully if they make anymore it will get better as i thought this episode was a bit poor

  • Comment number 20.

    I'm very proud of myself. I managed to suffer ten minutes of this rubbish before giving up.

  • Comment number 21.

    How on earth did this get made? unoriginal, repackaged rubbish that just isnt remotely funny. Fairly sure i must be due at least a part refund of my tv license fee for the bit that was spent on this?

  • Comment number 22.

    I watched this new comedy 'Inn mates' on bbciplayer the other night, I was pleasantly suprised and really enjoyed it! I love cliche stereotypes in comedy, I think these kind of sitcoms make lifes problems so much easier to laugh at, wich is the only thing left sometimes when things get you down. Good on you John Warburton! We need more working class stereotype comedys out there to give us all a giggle. Thanx! Look forward to more of the same! Jules xx

    p.s. Think this will be very popular with the younger generation! :)

  • Comment number 23.

    Thanks for all your comments so far - if you haven't done so already why not check out our other comedy pilot on the blog The Klang Show.

  • Comment number 24.

    Good laugh at the end with the car alarm techno joke but there really should be a credit for Viz - this is a straight steal from Ravey Davey Gravy

  • Comment number 25.

    Just watched Inn Mates and wasn't really very impressed.

    That characters weren't very likable, and most seemed to literally have nothing to their lives above drinking and sex, so I just ended up feeling more depressed that amused. All seemed to have personalities that could be summed up in one or two words, and no indication of any real depth or motivation.

    Then it just seemed to resort to nudity and 'hahadrunk' acting and someone throwing a bag of urine around.

    I enjoyed Stanley Park as a 'young people's comedy' but this seems to be a similar idea with all the life sucked out of it.

    Sorry BBC, not as bad as Coming of Age, but really not worth a series.

  • Comment number 26.

    I expected very little from Inn Mates, but I thought it had some very, very funny moments indeed. Yes, it was occasionally crude, and I suppose one or two of the gags were a little clumsy and forced, but the acting was very good, with the cast showing a real comedic strength. Neil Morrissey's understated performance and Joe Tracini's straight-faced lunacy were particular highlights. In addition, Liam Garrigan is very easy on the eye!

    Clearly there is potential for ongoing story-lines and further interaction and development of characters.

    A full series please!

  • Comment number 27.

    I found the show fantansic and funny,I like the use of both old actors Ive seen before on the BBC,but also new up and coming actors.The jokes appealed to me,and I would feel all others of a teenage audience,Please BBC carry on with this series!

  • Comment number 28.

    brilliant i sincerely hope there will be a series to follow


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