Channel4: PREMIERE Sunday 7 June, 3.55pm
School’s out for summer but life is still a trial for seventh-grader Zachary Gordon. He’s not an outdoor person. But Peyton List is playing tennis at the Plainview country club, so suddenly he’s sporty. Big brother Devon Bostick is wilder-eyed than ever in a children’s comedy series that’s inevitably repeating itself after Rodrick Rules. The diary’s maybe now a little dog-eared but still, refreshingly, it refuses to pander in the crass CGI fashion of G-Force and Alvin and the Chipmunks. Adapting Jeff Kinney’s series of books, the three screenwriters just say no to pop culture and pimp jokes. They let kids be kids.