Philip “Pip” Oliver
Who? One of the main characters. Pip is 17, in his final year of doing his A levels, and a volunteer at the local hospital. He is captain of the rugby team at school, and lives with his mum.
Likes: singing, mints, fizzy drinks, fruit, loud shirts.
Dislikes: quiet, pranks.
Celeb crush: Lourdes
Matthew “Matt” Archer
Who? The other main character. Matt is also 17, and also doing A levels. Unfortunately, he suffered a spinal injury whilst playing rugby. He lives with his mum and dad in a village not too far from Stoke Mandeville.
Likes: Siamese cats, Mexican food, tea, reading, films.
Dislikes: being inside too long, liars.
Celeb crush: Ezra Miller
Who? One of Pip’s closest friends, also plays on the rugby team with him. Met Emery at a music club.
Likes: metal music, playing guitar, watching sports, bread, beer.
Dislikes: wine, foreign films.
Celeb crush: Timothee Chalamont
Who? One of Matt’s oldest friends, and also Callum’s boyfriend. He does not play rugby any more, preferring to focus on his studies and music.
Likes: foreign films, sushi, red wine, classical music, writing poetry.
Dislikes: beer, liars.
Orientation: homoromantic asexual
Celeb crush: Chris Evans
Who? Pip’s mum. She works as a secretary at the junior school Pip used to attend.
Likes: reading, white wine, pretzels, going to her book club, gardening.
Dislikes: nosy people, spiders.
Celeb crush: George Clooney
Tina and John Archer
Who? Matt’s parents. We haven’t seen much of them yet. John works as a teacher at Matt’s school, Tina is a personal assistant to a lawyer.
Likes: theatre, reading, eating at restaurants.
Dislikes: two-faced people, piercings.
Orientation: both straight
Celeb crush: Tina – William Hurt / John – Jamie Lee Curtis
Who? A patient in the spinal injury unit with Matt. He broke his spine in a motorbike accident. His job before his accident was a plumber, he hopes to retrain in interior design.
Likes: extreme sports, cider, action movies, barbecues, comedy shows.
Dislikes: vegetables, reading.
Celeb crush: Tina Fey
Who? Mark’s girlfriend. They’ve been dating for about five years. He met her when decorating her parent’s bathroom.
Likes: comedy films, apple juice, Nando’s, making things for the house, cooking
Dislikes: fake people, fish.
Celeb crush: Jason Momoa
Who? The liaison nurse on the spinal injury ward.
Likes: mystery books, gin, vegan food, dogs, travelling.
Dislikes: TERFs, crowds.
Celeb crush: Sandra Oh
Who? The captain of Matt’s rugby team. Also knows Pip as the captains of the local rugby teams have a group chat.
Likes: playing sports, watching sports, babysitting his nephews, Mario Cart, burgers.
Dislikes: alcohol, horror films.
Celeb crush: Jodie Comer
Who? Rick’s girlfriend. She’s a year younger, and has just started her A levels.
Likes: cooking, astrology, calligraphy, white chocolate, dried fruit.
Dislikes: cats, alcohol.
Celeb crush: Tom Holland
Kris and Robbie
Who? Pip’s best friends. They don’t play rugby, he met them in another school group, the community based one through which he got his volunteering space.
Likes: video games, curries, craft beers, hiking, obscure films.
Dislikes: shopping, nightclubs.
Orientation: Kris – gay/Robbie – bisexual
Celeb crush: Kris – Chris Hemsworth/Robbie – Noel Fielding
Who? Another player on Matt’s rugby team. He’s in the year below, and introduced Suni to Rick.
Likes: table tennis, comics, anime, squashees, sparkling fruit drinks.
Dislikes: hot drinks, horses.
Celeb crush: Jameela Jamil