New year but still acting fresh
T'S best to steer well away from this comedy if you are parents who are still getting used to the idea of your little one flying the nest to pursue their academic ambitions.
Not past the stage where you lay their place at the dinner table and sniff their pillow on the way to bed? Best not to watch what lies ahead for hapless freshers who embark on courses at Manchester Medlock University according to the warped world of Peep Show writers Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain.
The third series of this Young Ones for the 21st century sees the return of the housemates who are now buoyed by the kudos that comes with entering the second year — that is the year, according the chinless JP (Jack Whitehall) where the initial finding of feet has been accomplished and the hard work hasn't kicked in.
And, as he tells his new acolyte Howard (the excellent Greg McHugh) it's a time when they can surely discover some gullible first years who might be dumb enough to find them attractive. Seeing as posh JP's entire motivation is based somewhere beneath his belt and above his knees, catching the eye of ladies is paramount.
"Finally the antelope are returning to the watering hole"... he says in anticipation.
Their desperate belief that they are now cooler than anyone else, borne out by flatmate Kingsley (Joe Thomas) making the decision that a hat and soul patch mark him out as anything other than a complete plonker, is hilarious.
Also returning to the house, despite their mixed fortunes last year, are hedonistic Vod (Zawe Ashton) and Oregon (Charlotte Ritchie) who clearly didn't have quite such a good bonding experience travelling in South America during their summer hols. Seething indignation underneath brittle politeness is a dead giveaway.
But at least they are there. Poor old Josie (Kimberley Nixon) is exiled in Southampton University after being kicked out last year but no one really has the heart to tell her and she is allowed to be a housemate via webcam and iPad, taking part in house meetings including the welcoming committee for replacement Candice (Faye Marsay), a home schooled, home-made clothes wearing innocent abroad.
Oh dear, let's all guess how long it will be before Vod manages to corrupt her. All parents of freshers look away now!
Monday , 9pm,C4