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Stars of new sitcom Fresh Meat bonded over booze

Inbetweeners actor Joe Thomas and co-stars of his new sitcom took their roles as students to heart - by boozing each night during filming.

The cast of Channel 4's forthcoming series Fresh Meat would get "horribly drunk" as they bonded while shooting the show for three months in Manchester.

Thomas - who is a top box-office hit in The Inbetweeners movie - appears alongside comic Jack Whitehall in the series about a group of freshers who live together.

He said: "We were all there together, living in the same apartment building and there is that sense of having a semi-student experience.

"There is always a kind of common-room atmosphere on set, sitting together and talking about work, and then going out and getting horribly drunk.

"We had to stop going out drinking because what is not like being a student is that we had to get up at 7am."

Co-star Greg McHugh - who has previously starred in BBC1's Gary: Tank Commander - said: "It's all 'method' of course, coming in stinking of booze.

"I'm not joking; we're playing students. I think they've saved a lot of time in make-up from us coming in looking worse for wear."

The show has been masterminded by Peep Show creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong. It follows the escapades of first-year university students who are thrown together.

Whitehall had previously been a student at Manchester University before becoming a stand-up hit and said he based his self-assured character JP on a student housemate, whom he has known since school days.

He added: "I lived with a guy at university who was basically JP. He was a friend of mine from Eton who I based some of my portrayal on - hopefully he won't realise."

Also starring in the show are Kimberley Nixon, Zawe Ashton and Charlotte Ritchie, with Peep Show's Robert Webb appearing in two episodes.

PA Media