Fearne Cotton defends Lincoln against InBetweeners attack

CAST and crew of cult comedy The Inbetweeners have been invited to Lincoln after labelling the historic city “a shithole”. (extract from […]

CAST and crew of cult comedy The Inbetweeners have been invited to Lincoln after labelling the historic city “a shithole”.
(extract from ‘This is Lincolnshire’)
The BAFTA award-winning sitcom about a group of teenage friends struggling through sixth form is notorious for its tongue-in-cheek humour.

And in Monday night’s episode, Lincoln and its university were the latest target of the show’s sharp tongue.

In an exchange between two of the main characters, the E4 comedy described the city as a “shithole”

“, and went on to slate the reputation of the university with the line: “…goodbye first-rate education, hello the University of Lincoln”.

Emma Tatlow, deputy chief executive of Visit Lincolnshire, extended an open invitation to the cast and crew of The Inbetweeners to come to Lincoln and see everything our great city has to offer.

She said:

“People who know and love Lincoln will have been surprised to hear the comment on The Inbetweeners on Monday night – as was I.

“We have historic attractions, fantastic boutique shopping and an event calendar to rival other cities.

“Where else can you see one of the best cathedrals in Europe within walking distance of a Norman castle?

“If the cast and crew of The Inbetweeners want to visit the city for themselves, we’d be delighted to show them around.”

The jibes on the show have sparked a number of Facebook groups in defence of the city and the university, some with up to 3,000 members.

Ian Richards, a spokesman for the University of Lincoln, praised the display of Lincoln pride, and said: “The Inbetweeners is a very funny comedy series, but perhaps not the most reliable source of information on university standards.

“We’d prefer students to look at national university league tables and the National Student Survey, which show we have one of the fastest-rising universities in the country.

“We’ve been delighted by the number of people who have jumped to the defence of the university and the city on Facebook, Twitter and online message boards.

“Even Fearne Cotton was singing the praises of the university and the city on BBC Radio 1.”

After the episode had aired, the show’s co-writer Iain Morris issued an apology to the University of Lincoln through his Twitter account.

He wrote: “So a friend attended Lincoln uni, and it was a joke for them.

“Sorry for the collateral damage we may have caused. Why must the innocent suffer?”

(source) http://www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/news/Inbetweeners-cast-crew-invited-experience-city-jibe-hit/article-2750754-detail/article.html )

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