Did we like it?
We enjoyed the opening episode of this social experiment in which seven teenagers who desperately crave independence are thrown together in a house in the middle of the Devon countryside to see how well they cope with adult responsibilities.
The teens must find local jobs and risk losing them for lack of punctuality and if they do happen to lose them then they must urgently find a new one to pay the rent and stay in the house.
What was good about it?
• Tanique (surely the chavviest name possible) from Essex who appointed herself as leader and cash holder. She soon made enemies and split the household into two. However, we genuinely admire this girl; whereas everyone else would have wasted their vital savings on fizzy drinks and sweets given the chance, Tanique knew that there were bills to be paid and did the responsible thing by forcing her housemates to hand over any money they earned just in case they got the urge to spend it.
• Jonny, who could have stepped off of Shameless’s Chatsworth Estate. He was expelled from school and hangs out with his friends in the park till five in the morning drinking, so it was heart warming to see the look of the genuine amazement on his face as he helped local farmer Ed deliver a baby calf. Jonny says he’s considered a no hoper by many people in his area )his mother was no great fan) and E4 has given him the chance to prove them all wrong.
• The nifty narration by Xfm’s Shaun Keavney.
What was bad about it?
• Headstrong brat Neelam from Cheshire. She was completely irresponsible, had no respect for anyone and was late two days in a row for her job working at the local pub.
• The pub landlord who was far too lenient with Neelam. If she was ever late, he warned, she would be sacked quicker than you can say ‘Bob’s your uncle’. However, she was late twice and all she got was a ticking off which sounded more like a pep talk.
• The teens’ landlord who made himself out to be some kind of heartless Simon Cowell-a-like character who would kick the housemates out after only one strike.