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Abingdon is star of new TV sitcom

Abingdon has a population of about 32,300 people

A new TV sitcom about the lives of five sixth form students living in the Oxfordshire market town of Abingdon is to be shown on BBC Three.

Coming of Age, about life at college from a teenage perspective, was written by 19-year-old Tim Dawson, who lives in the town.

Mr Dawson said writing the comedy had been "amazing".

"They've basically let me do what I want and tell my own story, which is brilliant," he said.

"But then they've just kind of guided me in the actual rudiments of doing that, but in terms of the content, it's my fault," he added.

The BBC said the series was a "celebration of youth".

It described the programme as taking "a candid look into the outrageous world of a group of sixth form students living in Abingdon as they enjoy a final romp with adolescence".

Abingdon is located eight miles (13 km) south of Oxford, by the River Thames, and has a population of about 32,300 people.

The town council described Abingdon as "the oldest continually inhabited town in England".

It used to be the county town of Berkshire, but boundary changes in 1974 put it in south Oxfordshire.


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