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Ja’mie King: A Lesson In Not What To Do


Wednesday night, we will bid farewell to a crass and thoughtfully careless teenage girl who has divided critics and fans alike.  Ja’mie: Private School Girl will finish up after a short 6 week run on ABC1, and, even I’m shocked to say this, I am glad.

I was among the thousands who clapped with glee when it was announced that it was Summer Heights High alum Ja’mie King who would be the star of Chris Lilley’s new show.  For me, Ja’mie was the standout and a welcome return to TV after first coming into contact with the socially conscious teenager in We Can Be Heroes.  What I didn’t realize though, was when watching Ja’mie in Summer Heights High, the other characters – troublesome Jonah Takaluah and star in his own eyes Greg Gregson (Mr.G) played the perfect offset to the teen with the forked vipers tongue.

It’s the lesson learnt that while the idea maybe great, the delivery may not meet the expectations.  Yes, Lilley’s beloved Ja’mie King, cannot hold down a show on her own and with no other outlet for us, the viewer, to step away from King, we’re left watching a half hour program about a racist and over-sexualized teenage girl who has no qualms about expressing views on race, social hierarchy or her own wealth, who will rip out troubled stories of her struggles with anorexia in an attempt to win her own way.  A girl who is never left for wanting and has the inability to socially connect with those that may be in a  different social standing to herself.  Even Ja’mie’s one redeeming feature (her charity work for African refugees) is out-shined by her complete selfishness and inability to understand that there can be serious consequences to her actions.  Funnily enough, it’s those unattractive qualities in Ja’mie that made us all love her in the first place.

Don’t get me wrong, I am still in awe of Lilley’s ability to create characters that push the limits as to whats acceptable when it comes to self appreciation.  Even though it seems that there can be such a thing as too much Ja’mie, the character herself, still fits perfectly in Lilley’s world of misfits and over-achievers and I still adore her..(but maybe just a little bit less than before Private School Girl came along).

I for one hope this will not be the last we see of Ja’mie King, but, I also hope that when that day comes where our paths cross, it’s given in smaller doses.

Ja’mie: Private School Girl finishes up this Wednesday night at 9:00pm on ABC1

OMG Ja’mie Is Totes Back On TV Tonight!

Ja’mie King graces our television tonight. Photo credit: ABC

After a very revealing photo shoot with men’s magazine ZOO Weekly and placing 98th in Maxim Magazine’s hottest 100 (seriously though, wouldn’t you hate to be 99 or 100 on that list) Ja’mie King will be gracing our screens tonight in her very own series – Ja’mie: Private School Girl.

While I wasn’t graced with a preview screener of tonight’s episode, I have read that we can expect the show to live up to it’s hype and that creator Chris Lilley is back to his Summer Heights High best.  The laughs are expected to come early on with a raunchy assembly dance routine, though the jokes about refugee’s are a little off taste (depending on who you ask)

If you haven’t been keeping up with all the news, this new six-part series follows a now 17 year old Ja’mie King in the final weeks of high school at Hilloford Girls Grammar in which she is also the school captain and in no real shock, the power has gone to her head.  There’ll be love interests, family issues and a sexting scandal to look for also.

I’ve read this series is less dark and confronting that that of Lilley’s previous outing in “Angry Boys” and we can also expect Summer Heights High’s Jonah Takalua and Angry Boys’ Gran making appearances.

Ja’mie: Private School Girl premiere’s tonight, ABC1 @ 9:05pm!  I totes can’t wait!

It’s Official! Ja’mie King: Private School Girl


Remember a few posts back when I mentioned I had heard that Chris Lilley had been spied doing some filming as Ja’mie King?  Well…..Ja’mie is back!  The overtly confident, butter wouldn’t melt, former part-time lesbian school girl has been confirmed as the star in Chris Lilley’s new show titled Ja’mie: Private School Girl!

Easily one of Lilley’s more popular characters (and a favorite of mine), Ja’mie was first seen in We Can be Heroes; Finding The Australian Of The Year where King was a nominee and followed her events leading up-to and during the competition.  She returned in Lilley’s second outing, Summer Heights High where Ja’mie takes part in a student exchange program with a local public school.

Ja’mie: Private School Girl will follow the popular teenager in her final year of school, this time, back at fictional Hillford Girls Grammar School.  As well as experiencing some “life-changing events”, the show is said to document Ja’mie as she takes to social media with a vengeance including Instagram, Twitter and Skype.

Says Lilley “I find teenage girls endlessly funny, so being able to write for and play the meanest bitch in school has been so fun, I can’t wait to show everyone what Ja’mie’s been up to.”While we will see Ja’mie prance and bitch her way about school on the ABC network, the show will also be shown on HBO in America and on BBC Three in the UK.  “Ja’mie King is easily one of the most cunning characters in a school uniform we’ve ever seen,” said ABC1’s Brendan Dahill.

While it doesn’t reveal much, you can check out the teaser trailer below, followed by some of Ja’mie’s best moments from previous shows.

Many fans (including myself) are also hoping to catch a glimpse of another popular character – drama school teacher Greg Gregson or Mr.G as he would like to be known.

Ja’mie King: Private School Girl is set to air on the ABC network later this year!