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Member Name: MollyWH
Advantages: Lovable characters, fantastic storylines
Disadvantages: Had to wait for what seemed like ages for the second series to come out
I actually watched the very first episode of Skins by accident while I was flicking through channel's and I have to admit, I was instantly glued to the series from episode one.
Skins is a British drama which follows a group of teenagers who live in Bristol. You get to watch the highs and lows of their lives and learn a bit about each character as the series develops.
The series works with each episode following one character, for example, week one was Tony, week two would be someone else and so on.
Obviously I don't want to give too much about the storylines away so for the purpose of this review, I will just give you a brief outline of each of the characters.
Tony (played by Nicholas Hoult)
The very first episode of Skins introduces us to Tony. Tony is the 'jack the lad' of the series, the boy that every girl fancies and the boy that everyone wants as their friend. Tony is very intelligent and is always looking at ways of trying to make a little bit of extra money but needless to say, most of his schemes go wrong.
Tony is going out with Michelle (the pretty girl at college) and to be honest, he treats her like dirt but she puts up with it because she loves him.
Tony's best mate is Sid who could probably be described as a geek and you often wonder why Tony and Sid are friends as they have nothing in common and Tony is always putting Sid down.
Tony is forever covering up for his 14 year old sister who is forever sneaking out to parties at night time. Tony sister Effy seems to be the only person that Tony genuinely cares about.
Cassie (played by Hannah Murray)
The second episode of Skins follows Cassie, the scatty anorexic who is good friends with Michelle. Everyone knows that she is anorexic but she still wont admit to it or talk about it. Cassie is very odd to say the least, she often goes off into a world of her own and can often say things that don't make any sense. Throughout the series, you will notice that Cassie has a big soft spot for Sid but Sid is totally oblivious to this to begin with.
Jal (played by Larissa Wilson)
The third episode follows Jal. Jal is actually a very talented musician but her problem is that her family, especially her Dad, don't even notice her talent, he is too busy trying to bed people half his age. Jal is also best friends with Michelle and often plays gooseberry whenever she meets up with Michelle because she brings Tony along. Jal seems to be the problem solver, if any of the other characters have a problem, they go to Jal but you are left wondering who Jal has to talk to about her own problems.
Chris (played by Joe Dempsie)
Chris is the major druggie of the group. He is quite often under the influence of something and his dress sense is crazy, often wearing clothes that totally clash. In my opinion, Chris is the funniest character, purely because he is normally so off his face he doesn't really follow what is happening at all and comes out with some great one liners. Throughout the series, you learn that Chris comes from a broken home and his Mum is regularly leaving him alone while she swans off with a new man she has met. During series one, you see Chris start an affair with his tutor at college.
Sid (played by Mike Bailey)
Sid is Tony's sidekick, he absolutely worships him, even though Tony is usually quite rude to Sid and always putting him down. Sid is a virgin which is a major issue for him and Tony is always trying to set him up with someone to help him loose his virginity. The other problem, is that Sid is totally in love with Michelle who is Tony's girlfriend, but sadly, Michelle is so blown away by Tony that she doesn't notice Sid as anything other then a friend. Tony knows that Sid fancies Michelle and often winds him up about it.
Throughout the series, you get to see that Sid isn't doing very well at college and you see that he doesn't get on very well with his Dad who is always having a go at him about one thing or another.
Michelle (played by April Pearson)
Michelle is Tony's long suffering girlfriend. Tony really does treat her badly, cheating on her and criticising her body but she always seems to go back for more. Michelle knows that Sid fancies her but it doesn't really bother her. Throughout the series, you see Michelle get fed up with the way Tony treats her and she eventually finishes things and meets someone new - which doesn't make Tony very happy.
You also learn that Michelle's home life is far from perfect, with a Mother who has been married several times and is forever moving a new man into the family home, often uprooting Michelle in the process to move to a new more expensive house.
Maxxie and Anwar (played by Mitch Hewer and Den Patel)
This episode follows Maxxie and Anwar who are best friends. Maxxie is openly gay and enjoys drama and dancing at college. Anwar is a Muslim and has problems trying to remain faithful to his religion with all the pretty girls around him. Maxxie and Anwar have a few issues because Anwar refused to tell his family (who are strictly Muslim) that Maxxie is gay but Maxxie keep pushing him to say something - how will Anwar's family take the news?
Anwar is quite childish and is literally obsessed with women's breasts!
The last episode in the series follows Tony's little sister Effy although to be honest, the episode is more about the other characters looking for Effy when she goes missing. This episode is one of the most thrilling with lots of action going on at the same time. This episode features all of the characters and includes arguments, making up and Tony realising that maybe being horrible to everyone isn't doing him any favours. This episode builds the atmosphere for the traumatic ending of Series One.
I would highly recommend this DVD. Skins is meant to be a realistic series which follows the teenage lifestyle and I have to admit that its pretty close to the mark of what my life was like when I was studying at college.
All the characters are loveable in their own way and even though every episode focuses on one character, all the other characters are also featured so you are continuously learning about each character.
Series one of Skins also includes all the bonus material I mentioned above which if you are a fan like me, makes very interesting viewing.