Ja'ime: Private School Girl, TV review: Chris Lilley's latest creation is sometimes more accurate than she is amusing
Ellen E Jones
Ellen is The Independent's TV critic. She writes a daily review of Last Night's TV and a weekly 'Inside TV' column for the i paper, as well as a column on general topics for the main paper most Wednesdays. Ellen is a former Hollywood correspondent and a contributing editor to Little White Lies, she's written on TV, film, lifestyle, travel and politics for publications including the Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, Esquire and Total Film.
Thursday 06 February 2014
Drama teacher Mr G used to stage vanity-masquerading-as-charity project in BBC3 mockumentary Summer Heights High. Remember Tsunamarama? "The events of the 2004 tsunami set to the music of Bananarama"?
Mr G was one of several creations by Australian comedian Chris Lilley to feature in that show and Lilley's latest programme, Ja'ime: Private School Girl, focuses on another – obnoxious Year 12 Ja'ime King.
If you've ever met a teenage girl, or, God forbid, had the misfortune to be one yourself, then lots about Ja'ime and her Hillford Girls cohorts will ring painfully true. As Ja'ime applied lip-gloss, prattled on about "quiche" boys ("It basically means hot, but it's also a step above hot...") and how she's got "the most Facebook friends in the whole school", it was alarmingly easy to forget that this is actually a 39-year-old man dressed in school uniform.
This is the first of Lilley's shows in which he's concentrated all his efforts on realising a single character and, as you'd expect, Ja'ime is spot-on. The only problem is sometimes she's more accurate than she is amusing.
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