Fans of The Inbetweeners have British funnyman David Walliams to thank for the hit comedy - he allowed the show's writer to stay at his home free for a year while working on the series. Iain Morris teamed up with his pal Damon Beesley to pen the show, using their own cringeworthy teenage experiences to inspire the antics of geeky schoolkids Simon, Neil, Jay and Will.
Now Morris reveals Little Britain star Walliams played a huge part in bringing the comedy to fruition, because he allowed him to lodge at his London home when he was down on his luck.
The writer tells BBC Radio 5, "That allowed me to write. Without David Walliams, and another friend who also let me stay for free for nine months, I probably wouldn't have been able to continue to try and write stuff."
The show won a cult following following its debut in 2008, spawning a U.S. adaptation and a movie spin-off, which holds the box office record for the most successful opening weekend for a comedy release in Britain. A big screen sequel is currently in the works.
The stars of cult British TV comedy The Inbetweeners are reuniting for a sequel to their hit 2011 movie. James Buckley, Simon Bird, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas will reprise their geeky characters for a follow-up which will be shot later this year (13).
A statement from creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley reads, "We couldn't be more excited to be making another Inbetweeners movie. A new chapter in the lives of the Inbetweeners feels like the very least we can do to thank the fans for their phenomenal response to the first movie."
The writers downplayed reports suggesting the second film, due in U.K. and Ireland cinemas next August (14), will take place Down Under, insisting, "Australia is just one of the ideas we're kicking around."
The Inbetweeners ran for three seasons on U.K. TV before hitting the big screen, and the film version, which was set in Greece, holds the box office record for the most successful opening weekend for a comedy release in Britain.