FIRST LOOK: Inbetweeners cast and creator reunite on BBC2 '80s Essex comedy White Gold

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Filming will start soon on new BBC2 comedy White Gold, starring Ed Westwick, James Buckley and Joe Thomas and set in a 1980s Essex double-glazing showroom

The Inbetweeners stars James Buckley and Joe Thomas have reunited with the hit comedy's creator Damon Beesley on new BBC '80s comedy White Gold.

White Gold stars Ed Westwick alongside James and Joe and is set in Essex in 1983 in a double-glazing showroom.

Ed plays the smart, handsome and cocksure Vincent, who's happy to break the rules if it guarantees a sale. It’s a story of dodgy shenanigans, scams and petty rivalries - alongside free-flowing drugs, cash and sex.

Damon Beesley, Writer, Director, said: "I would like to thank the BBC and Shane Allen for giving us this glorious opportunity to recreate the Essex of my youth - a time before the invention of 'Essex girls' jokes, fake tan or TOWIE. A time when having double-glazed patio doors installed meant you were winning at life."

He added: "It’s hugely exciting to work with such a talented, brilliant cast and quite frankly I can’t wait for shooting to start."

Ed added: "I am very excited to be stepping into the world of White Gold. It’s brilliantly crafted and very unique, a special piece. I'm sure a great road lies ahead and I couldn't be in better company than with the BBC and [production company] Fudge Park.”

BBC comedy commissioner Shane Allen said she was delighted to be working with Damon again: "These characters jump off the page and get you in a headlock."

White Gold will start filming in Essex this autumn and will be broadcast on BBC2 next year.



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