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There have been four full series to date, the fifth is currently airing on Thursdays, E4 at 10pm, as previous series did (apart from series two which aired on Mondays). The US version of Skins started airing on MTV this year, but has received significantly bad reviews, due to the lack of the "Skins-esque" drugs and sex. Anyway the originals are always better! The cast are replaced every two series, this has recieved surprisingly good reactions from fans. Skins follows the lives of a group of sixth formers in Bristol, aged 16 - 18, the characters leave sixth form after two years of studying A-Levels, therefore cast need to be changed in order for the story to be realistic. Skins had won a BAFTA, which shows it's popularity and success. Plots cover issues such as sexual orientation, drug abuse, mental illness and disorders, relationships, pregnancy, bullying and death (amongst others). The co-producers of Skins are Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain, there are also young writers who are recruited to write for Skins too.
Previous and current cast members include Nicholas Hoult (About A Boy) and Dakota Blue Richards (The Golden Compass) as main characters. The three generations of characters are:
Tony, Sid, Michelle, Cassie, Chris, Jal, Anwar, Sketch
Freddie, JJ, Cook, Effy, Pandora, Thomas, Katie, Emily, Naomi
Franky, Alo, Rich, Mini, Grace, Liv, Nick, Matty
Each episode is centred around one (or two in one case) of the character's lives, with the final episode focusing on the whole group. The episodes are named after whoever it focuses on. They are as follows:
Series 1 Episode Order
Tony, Cassie, Jal, Chris, Sid, Maxxie and Anwar, Michelle, Effy, Group episode
You may wonder why episode 8 is named Effy. Effy is Tony's sister, they're really close. Josh Stock (Michelle's ex) kidnaps Effy in order to lure Tony in (as it was Tony's fault that Michelle ended it with Josh). The episode follows Tony as he tried he find Effy.
Series 2 Episode Order
Maxxie and Tony, Sketch, Sid, Michelle, Chris, Tony, Effy, Jal, Cassie, Finale
Series 3 Episode Order
Everyone, Cook, Thomas, Pandora, Freddie, Naomi, JJ, Effy, Katie and Emily, Group episode
Series 4 Episode Order
Thomas, Emily, Cook, Katie, Freddie, JJ, Effy, Finale
Series 5 Episode Order
Franky, Rich, Mini, Liv, Nick, Alo, Grace, Everyone
The Skins film is set to air this summer, featuring all three generations, however the most recent generation are said to only be in one scene. It's apparently about the second generation, so hopefully we'll be finding out what happened to Freddie (for definite) and whether Cook kick the f**k out of the could-be murderer of Freddie, John Foster. Dev Patel, Nicholas Hoult and Kaya Scodelario are confirmed cast for the film.
Series 1 to 4 are all available on DVD. The term "Skins parties" derives from the show, it's the name of a party full of drugs, sex and heavy drinking, similar to the parties seen on Skins.
The representation of teens in Skins is a controversial one. Many teens might not be okay being represented as drug users, alcohol abusers and sex seeking, however some other teens may actually want to be like the characters in Skins. This raises issues such as whether Skins influences teens to act in ways like the characters of Skins are seen to do.
I'm a teenager myself, and I'm perfectly happy to be represented in this way by Skins' characters. There are some things such as the extreme drug abuse which I'd rather not be represented by, but the amazing parties are something I'd like to be a part of.
Skins is my favourite program, and this may be the case throughout my whole life. I think it's amazing, I can relate to a lot of the characters and I love to see them develop and to find out more about them as the series progresses. I have favourites in each generation: Tony, Freddie and Franky.
The issues covered in Skins are very serious and heavy, and there are some scenes of death, sex and drug abuse.
In conclusion I have to say I cannot get enough of Skins. I watch all of the previews for each episode before it airs and I'm always left wanting to know more, there are always questions left unanswered with Skins, which makes you beg for the week to pass until you can sit and watch the next episode. What's almost a form of torture is the ending of series 4, and now that I know there's a movie coming out this year, I actually can't wait to find out what happened after the final episode. It's going to be good to see all the generations together too, as there are references to other generations in each series, for example Sid's locker and it's contents was used by Cook in series 3, so it will be great for them to finally meet. The average length of Skins episode is 46 minutes (roughly) and it's just not enough for me, I want to be able to watch their sixth-form lives to develop whenever I want!