|The Midnight Beast not being very Quirky (l-r) Dru, Stef, Ash|
As actors the trio get by on likeable and distinctly different personalities. Stef is the leader, main composer and the only one with a regular girlfriend, Zoe played by Sophie Wu with a marvellous tolerance of the three boys. Dru the drummer and games enthusiast would rather play video games, and has issues about his father walking out. Ash is the sex crazed and slightly thick one. They occupy an untidy flat, located in a graffiti lined corridor they share with Sloman a bizarre character played with relish by Simon Farnaby whose technical skills do come in useful.
Outside the tv show, The Midnight Beast have more than 300,000 subscribers to their You Tube channel and a total of 50 million views since they started in 2009. It was their parody of Kesha’s `Tik Tok` that kick started things and their songs are so popular they often turn up on the iTunes download charts and their promo videos are shown on music tv stations. They’ve toured and made several festival appearances as well as publishing a book. Some of the You Tube clips are even funnier than the ones in the series; the best is ``Wands` which riffs on Harry Potter with tales of wands on the streets and Harry’s wayward brother Gary (“got a bump on my head like a tortoise, Running head first at 9 and 3 quarters”) all sitting on a repeated theme of the film music’s opening bars. `Pizza in Ibiza` is a spot on tale of the English abroad (“it’s just like England with Sun”) complete with club music. Celebrities have not been slow to tweet their enthusiasm and a little controversy probably helped too- last year a safe sex song `Use Ya Head` got them into trouble. There’s a soundtrack album and in October they are touring.