The Inbetweeners star Simon Bird says show wouldn’t be made today

‘It wasn’t an accurate reflection of how teenagers spoke’: The Inbetweeners star Simon Bird says show wouldn’t be made today because of its sexism and ‘casual homophobia’

Simon Bird has admitted he doesn’t think The Inbetweeners would be made today.

The actor, 38, starred as lead character Will McKenzie on the show which ran from 2008-2010 and followed the misadventures of a group of teenage friends.

The show, which aired on E4, was hugely popular during its run and tackled themes including sexuality, male bonding and lad culture.

Show: Simon Bird has admitted he doesn't think The Inbetweeners would be made today

Show: Simon Bird has admitted he doesn’t think The Inbetweeners would be made today

Speaking to The Telegraph about how times have changed since The Inbetweeners aired, Simon said: ‘I honestly think it wouldn’t be commissioned today.’

The actor added that he doesn’t think the show has aged well due to the sexism and ‘casual homophobia’ displayed by the characters.

He said: ‘I rationalise it to myself by saying that at the time it was an accurate representation of the way teenagers talk to each other. Is that still the case now? I assume not.’

Simon added: ‘Although the programme was set in the 2000s, it was based on a pilot set in 1990, so even in the 2000s it wasn’t really an accurate reflection of how teenagers spoke.’

Comedy classic: The actor, 38, starred as lead character Will McKenzie on the show which ran from 2008-2010 and followed the misadventures of a group of teenage friends

Comedy classic: The actor, 38, starred as lead character Will McKenzie on the show which ran from 2008-2010 and followed the misadventures of a group of teenage friends

The show was such a success that it spawned two films and was also nominated for Best Situation Comedy at the BAFTAs twice.

Along with Simon, it also starred Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison while Emily Atack had a recurring role. 

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Simon was asked if he would ever return to his role as the much-loved briefcase w****r.

He replied: ‘It’s a hard no, I’m afraid. It just wouldn’t be the show people want or remember. Much better to leave it as a happy memory.

Candid: The actor added that he doesn't think the show has aged well due to the sexism and 'casual homophobia' displayed by the characters

Candid: The actor added that he doesn’t think the show has aged well due to the sexism and ‘casual homophobia’ displayed by the characters 

‘Cut to us all doing a third film for Netflix next year … Anything’s possible. Honestly, you can’t trust a single word I’ve said in this interview. It’s all filler, no killer.’

When asked if he could reshoot one episode of the show which would it be, he responded: ‘The Field Trip episode of Inbetweeners it is.

‘A beautiful location, fish and chips on the beach, watching one of my closest friends, Joe Thomas, almost dying of hypothermia. What could be better?’

He said: 'I rationalise it to myself by saying that at the time it was an accurate representation of the way teenagers talk to each other. Is that still the case now? I assume not'

He said: ‘I rationalise it to myself by saying that at the time it was an accurate representation of the way teenagers talk to each other. Is that still the case now? I assume not’

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