Bogan Pride

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  • 2008
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Bogan Pride was a British sitcom that premiered on ITV in the autumn of 2008. The show was based on an Australian slang term, “bogan,” which is roughly equivalent to the British term “chav.” The show chronicled the exploits of three young women living in the fictional town of Sunshine, England, who are proud to call themselves bogans.

The series was created by Pimp My Ride UK producer Angie de Chastelai Smith and was co-written with Mark O'Sullivan. The show starred Australian actor Jodie Harsh as the main character, Amber, alongside fellow Aussies Tiah Eckhardt and Emma Ve. The cast was rounded out by a number of British actors, including Phil Cornwell, Kevin Bishop, and Mathew Horne.

Amber is the leader of the group and the primary protagonist of the series. She's a relentlessly cheerful and confident young woman who's determined to make the most of her working-class life. She works at the local KFC and lives with her parents, but dreams of becoming a famous TV presenter. Amber is aided in her quest by her best friends, Kiki and Janna. Kiki is Amber's best friend from primary school and has a fiery temper. Janna is the sensible one of the group, who serves as a voice of reason and good sense.

The show's humor revolves around the three women's attempts to live the good life while remaining true to their bogan roots. They tackle issues such as relationships, family, and work, all with their unique, bogan perspective. The show's creators were keen to highlight the positive aspects of bogan culture, such as loyalty, resilience, and a sense of community.

Bogan Pride was originally pitched as a "female Only Fools and Horses" and its influence can be seen in the show's emphasis on banter and familial relationships. The show also features a strong sense of place, with the characters inhabiting a world that's distinctly working-class and provincial. The series was filmed in various locations around England, including Lancing, Sussex, which doubled as the fictional town of Sunshine.

The show's reception was mixed, with some reviewers praising its irreverent humor and strong female characters, while others criticized it for perpetuating negative stereotypes of working-class people. Nevertheless, Bogan Pride proved to be popular with audiences, particularly younger viewers. The show's creators were keen to highlight the significance of the program, particularly for younger viewers who might not often see themselves reflected on TV.

Bogan Pride only aired for one season, consisting of six episodes. The show's final episode aired on December 1, 2008. Despite its relatively short run, Bogan Pride has since gained a cult following and remains remembered as a unique and entertaining representation of working-class life in the UK.

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The Dance Battle
6. The Dance Battle
November 10, 2008
Cassandra uses Jennie as a 'replacement mong' in order to collect the prize for the colouring-in competition. Jennie enlists Nick into her dance battle team.
The Needs For Mongs
5. The Needs For Mongs
November 3, 2008
Jennie begins rehearsals for the with 'mega mad dance skills' to join their squad so that they may have a hope of beating the school skanks. Cassandra is sacked from her position as a professional carer due to her negligence but then discovers that one of her charges, Marilyn, has won a colouring-in competition but now can't collect the prize.
The Roller Skank Rink
4. The Roller Skank Rink
October 27, 2008
Jennie needs to raise $10,000 for her mother's stomach stapling operation. Cassandra starts a Bonsai Cats franchise and ropes Jennie into selling them for her
The Maths of Olympiad
3. The Maths of Olympiad
October 20, 2008
For Jennie and her friends, Amy Lee and Nigella, the Maths Olympiad is the highlight of their academic calendar, but when it seems that Amy Lee has found a boyfriend on an opposing team, Jennie becomes jealous.
The Parachute of Healing
2. The Parachute of Healing
October 13, 2008
Jennie's mother has been chair-bound for weeks after a spider bit her leg, but the doctor assesses that her problem is her morbid obesity. Cassandra however, is more concerned with the wellbeing of her new cat.
The Fugly Fringe
1. The Fugly Fringe
October 6, 2008
It's summer in Boonelg, and just before school starts back, the hunk of Jennie's grade, Nick Lazzarri, returns from a juvenile detention facility. Jennie has always had a huge crush on Nick and decides that, as her last year at Boonelg High, this is the year she has to become more cool and make a move.
  • Premiere Date
    October 6, 2008