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Fresh Meat: Series 1
Member Name: lyndsey1989
Fresh Meat: Series 1
Advantages: Hilarious, excellent acting skills, characters are all well planned and thought out
Fresh Meat is a television series which is shown on channel 4. The first series was broadcast in September 2011. This is a film only review as I watched the series on Netflix though it is also available on 4od for free.
==What is it about?==
Fresh Meat focuses on a university house of freshers during their first term at Manchester university. Of course they have their fair share of obstacles to tackle and the series makes light of these common and not so common first term problems.
The series begins on the day that the students all move in to their student accommodation which is good because as they get to know one another, we get to know them too.
Howard is already at the house and has been living there for a while before everyone else moved in. It is fair to say Howard is a little eccentric. He has a ginger beard, wears large, thick glasses and is definitely not your typical student. He is a little bit weird and really doesn't fit in with the other housemates at all.
Vod is my favourite female character, I love her! Vod's real name is Violet but I imagine that her nickname comes from her love of alcohol and having fun. She is game for anything and a bit of a tomboy. In all honesty I'm not sure whether she knows what shes doing at university, let alone anyone else!
Oregon is a fashion conscious teen who is blatantly out to impress. You can see she is desperate to fit in and therefore her views are often quickly changed to match those of Vod. She idolises Vod and would do anything to be more like her, even if it means jeopardising her education.
Kingsley is a bit of a geek. He arrives at Manchester to study Geology and immediately falls for a fellow housemate, Josie. He, like Oregon is desperate to fit in and therefore gives himself a nickname which suggests he is more than popular with the ladies which couldn't be further from the truth!
Josie is your typical girl next door. She is loveable and has come to Manchester to study dentistry. She has a boyfriend back home and is a bit more focused on her education than some of her fellow housemates!
JP is the houses toff. He is very well spoken and grew up in Cornwall where he went to a private school. He knows a couple of others attending the university and is desperate to be in with them but for some reason, they just don't want him. JP is absolutely hilarious!
1 - This episode shows the students arriving at the house and getting to know one another. They go down to their local to get to know one another a little more which is where we first come across JP.
2 - The housemates are annoyed that they are in a university house rather than halls and they are worried they are missing out. They decide to throw a party and Josie appears to be coming out of herself, until her boyfriend appears that is.
3 - Kingsley is mesmorised by a girl on another course and as a result of this changes from Geology to Drama! Josie decides to arrange a charity date night.
4 - A drunken evening results in the housemates talking about past relationships and Kingsley comes out with a rather elaborate story in an attempt to cover up the truth.
5 - The gang head to London to attend a protest march. Vod and Oregon decide that they wish for it to be a far from peaceful protest and take pigs blood with them!
6 - JP meets his father for lunch and learns that he has been ill. Some of the gang decide to take their party life to the next level by trying acid but before they can all start JP receives a call from home...
7 - Josie's boyfriend invites himself to move in with the students which Josie is unsure about. The housemates take an immediate disliking to Dave but he manages to win most of them round.
8 - JP's friends from school decide to organise a huge party. He is desperate to be involved but it clashes with an important family arrangement back home in Cornwall...
The series is quite a laid back series despite all of the partying that takes place. A lot of the scenes take place in the house which is nice as it means we get to really know the characters. The mix of characters is perfect and I cant imagine that you could find a much more diverse range of people but despite this they all gel together really well.
I really enjoyed watching the housemates get to know one another and by the end of the series they really are like family which is lovely as moving away to university can be a very scary time. Initially I was worried that Howard wouldn't fit in at all and to be honest he doesn't but the others accept this and welcome him into the fold.
Each episode is full of comedy moments but there is also drama to accompany this and at times the series has made me feel quite sad for the characters or angry about how someone is being treated. The series is light hearted and there is a lot of focus on the student lifestyle alongside their education. The characters in the house are a bit extreme and I certainly didn't manage to come across anyone quite like them when I went to uni but of course you do see aspects of typical students in each character.
My favourite characters are JP and Vod purely for their entertainment factor. I love JP because whilst being much more outgoing than the others when it comes to drugs and experiences he is also very na´ve. He has been brought up with plenty of money and therefore his world is quite small. Some things he says are hilarious and he often comes out with absolutely superb one liners which have me creased over. He comes with the assumption that money can buy anything and he is more than willing to put this theory to the test. Vod and JP are similar in the ways that they just want to party but Vod comes from a much more modest background and therefore has a more realistic view of the world. Together the pair are absolutely hilarious and I really look forward to their scenes.
The acting in the series is very strong. I had seen most of the actors in other things prior to this and all of them perform to a very high standard. I do think that Fresh Meat hasn't quite received the recognition it deserves because although it is well known amongst student communities I find that not many people have actually seen it.
Each episode begins on a new story but it does tend to follow on from the previous episodes. However, if you miss an episode it really doesn't matter too much as you can easily pick up what is going on and what you have missed.
Each episode lasted for an hour when shown on TV but the runtime of the actual programme when no adverts are shown is around 40-45 minutes. I like the length and think it is perfect, 30 minutes would be too short in my opinion and this length allows you to really get into the story before it is all over again!
The series has a number of writers who worked on the episodes including:
Zawe Ashton as Vod
Charlotte Ritchie as Oregon
Kimberley Nixon as Josie
Jack Whitehall as JP
Joe Thomas as Kingsley
Greg McHugh as Howard
Supporting actors include:
The first series won a number of awards including Best New Comedy (British Comedy Awards: 2011) and Best TV Show (NME: 2012),
A second series was aired in the Autumn of 2012. The first series is available to buy on DVD and a third series is currently being produced.
I really enjoyed this series and I have watched it more than once. It is an easy to watch comedy that has a laid back writing style and it is very entertaining. The acting is perfect and there are many familiar faces playing leading roles. I believe that fans of shows such as The Inbetweeners or Friday Night Dinner will love this comedy and I will definitely be watching the third series as soon as it airs. If the producers were to make a spin off show or even a film I am certain that I would enjoy it just as much as this first series. Recommended for any fans of comedy, especially students but if you prefer comedy without explicit language then this probably isn't for you.
Summary: Brilliant comedy series