Britannia High premieres tomorrow night on Seven, and if the first episode is anything to go by, it’s Britain’s own attempt at a High School Musical.
Sadly, it doesn’t have any of the edge of Fame, the hit 1980s movie, which spawned a successful television movie. That tale is also set to have a remake with Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth and, in a return appearance, Debbie Allen.
Brittania High from ITV, owes more to SClub7 than it does to American musicals. It’s high on cheesy songs, many written by Take That’s Gary Barlow, and hitmaker Guy Chambers. It features a youthful, exuberant case (including Skins’ Mitch Hewer with a hairdo to rival Craig MacLachlan) miming their way through vapid scenes and songs, often in the centre of London.
Aussie Adam Garcia also has a dreadfully-executed role as a dance teacher.
In the UK the series hasn’t fired, although ITV claims it’s #1 in its demo.
Britannia High premieres 6:30pm Saturday on Seven, followed by the even more dire Dance Machine.
Check brains at the door.