Jamie and Laura are back, and now they’ve got the baby in tow. The second season opens with our non-couple in the thick of parenting, and few ideas about how to cope. They can’t even pick a name, and time’s running out, because everyone is involved in planning the Christening.
Pramface delivered a lot of laughs in the first season, and the truly ensemble show doesn’t let up for the second. A wonderfully clever series that makes great use of its entire cast, Pramface is a fast-paced vehicle that manages to explore not only the teenagers, but their parents as well, and strips away the varnish to show off how people really are. Well, sort of.
The first season’s drunken one-night stand that turned into teen pregnancy takes off, as I said, in the parenting trenches, but Jamie and Laura also have to deal with their friends, and parents, and they’ve all got their own problems. Whether it’s the continuing adventures of a troubled marriage, or a Dad who suddenly quits his job and now wears his robe a little too much, the world doesn’t actually sit still just because you’ve had a baby.
Somehow, from the beginning of the series, I’ve been drawn more to the connections than the focal points in this show, and though I don’t want to take anything away from the main stars, I find them largely to be the excuse for watching everyone else. Anna Chancellor is solid gold as Laura’s mother, and her trips to the marriage counselor, and spins down the politically-incorrect world of looking down on Jamie’s parents make for some of the show’s best moments. Dylan Edwards, as Jamie’s best friend, Mike, also stands out, as does Jaime’s other “mate” Beth, played by Yasmin Paige, who is as good as she was in Submarine.
It’s a very British sense of comedy and format at work here, and that’s a good thing. Here is a show, and probably an entire premise, that I suspect would fall flat after a few episodes if this were an American effort. As I said, this is a brisk-paced show, and the comedy has a sort of stick-and-move mentality behind it. It slows occasionally, as with certain points in the last two episodes of the first season, in order to deliver a bit of heart, but it ultimately isn’t that interested in such things. You get the characters enough just on them coming across as real (although Beth’s “do-goodery” speeches test the limits), without having to linger on melodrama.
As the second season moves on, the best feature of the show is that it evolves along with its characters. Where the first season looked at its particular struggles, the second alters its timing, and comedy to better fit with the change in our heroes’ lives. Now more about dealing with school, sleepless nights, and grandparent input, where Jamie and Laura slowly feel the sting is in how they truly are being forced to grow up, while those around them aren’t. Even their parents, odd as it may sound, are not changing their general point of view, which is surprising, curious, and frustrating, all while actually making complete sense.
That we manage to get anywhere near such complicated character work in what is largely a goofball comedy filled with teen friends and their “low-culture” sexual innuendo as personality, is actually quite an achievement, and intensely entertaining.
As with the first season, many of the best moments in the show come down to a fairly unique, and brilliant take on writing dialog. Small lines that you might almost pass over without noticing, but that put in the right context, with the right character, are perfections of delivering the reality. A prime example comes in the season’s first episode when Mike lets out that, “It’s just religion. It doesn’t mean anything.”
This one is bound to deliver laughs, and I think manages to improve over the first season.
Catch all the info below on Hulu availability, and make an effort to catch this one.
THE BUN’S OUT OF THE OVEN IN SEASON TWO OF HULU EXCLUSIVE SERIES “PRAMFACE”
Families Collide and Hilarity Ensues as “Pramface” Season Two Debuts In The U.S. Exclusively on Hulu and Hulu Plus on Monday, May 6th
When 16-year-old Jamie (Sean Verey) and 18-year-old Laura’s (Scarlett Alice Johnson) carefree, teenage lives are forever changed by an unexpected pregnancy, they hadn’t a clue teenage parenthood would be even more of a challenge. British comedy, “Pramface,” returns for a second season to find the not-so-happy couple struggling to settle on a name for their newborn daughter, and follows the teenage parents as they try – and frequently fail in hilarious fashion – to balance school, sex and the complications of teenage parenting.
Premiering on Monday, May 6th, “Pramface” season two will help educate viewers about the real life (and often comedic) struggles of being a single, teenage parent. Complete with meddling parents, painfully awkward teenage friends, money problems and first jobs, “Pramface” season two will take the squabbling gang to new highs and lows.
The series stars Sean Verey (“Skins,” “Doctors”), Scarlett Alice Johnson(“EastEnders,” “Panic Button”), Yasmin Paige (“Submarine,” “The Sarah Jane Adventures”) and Ben Crompton (“Game of Thrones,” “Ideal”).
New episodes of “Pramface” season two will be available on Hulu every Monday starting May 6th through June 10, 2013. The entire second season will be available to Hulu Plus subscribers beginning Monday, May 6, 2013.