In news that will make all you recent college grads feel even more washed-up, a 19-year-old writer has just had a sitcom commissioned by the BBC! His name is Tim Dawson, and his show, naturally titled Coming of Age, follows five young friends. Dawson's mentor is Paul Mayhew-Archer, co-writer of The Vicar of Dibley. Here's a broader description of the show from a profile of Dawson in This Is Oxfordshire:
Coming of Age is described as a hilarious comedy that follows five 16- to 17-year-old friends as they suffer the delights, surprises, and embarrassments of coming of age, as told by Tim Dawson, who jokes that it's "absolutely disgusting but very funny".
The friends are played by the cream of teen UK comedy, three boys and two girls, including Danielle Harmer, star of CBBC's Tracy Beaker. Amy Yamazaka plays Jas, Alex Kew is Ollie, Joe Travinsi is DK, and Tony Bignell plays Matt.
Auntie Beeb has sought young talent before: Susan Nickson was also 19 when BBC commissioned her popular series, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. Not that it helps my deep feelings of jealousy and uselessness.