Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison to star in new comedy

"Screen legends" Caroline Quentin and James Fleet have also landed parts in the new Comedy Central show

It might be strange to see Blake Harrison, best known as dunderheaded Neil in The Inbetweeners, playing the part of someone who’s actually been to university but he’s probably keen not to get typecast as an idiot.

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In new Comedy Central commission Big Bad World, Harrison plays Ben, a recent graduate who finds himself back in his hometown with the same bunch of friends as always, making those three years of study seem pretty redundant.

Ben’s mates are the usual disparate bunch of characters – smartarse charity mugger Beth (Rebecca Humphries), guitar-obsessed bedsit-philosopher Eggman (Seann Walsh) and year-round-wearer-of-shorts-and-flipflops Oakley (David Fynn). 

Also starring – and described, with the greatest respect, slightly over-optimistically in the press release as “screen legends” – are Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly, Jonathan Creek) and James Fleet (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Vicar of Dibley).

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Sarah Farrell, Comedy Central’s director of content and development said the digital channel had “very high hopes that this is our next big show”.