“ Actors: Kaya Scodelario, Joe Dempsie, Mike Bailey, April Pearson, Nicholas Hoult / Directors: Adam Smith, Chris Clough, Minkie Spiro, Owen Harris, Paul Gay / Writers: Andrew Dawson, Ben Schiffer, Bryan Elsley / Classification: 18 / Studio: 4dvd / Released: 31 Mar 2008 / Run Time: 540 minutes „
Skins is a British tv show which aired on E4 from 2007 onwards. The first season followed the lives of six teenagers, Maxie, Cassie, Sid, Tony, Michelle, Anwar and Jal, through their first year of six form college in Bristol. Each of the characters is struggling with different issues, with the predominant themes of the program being drug use, mental illness (mostly in the form of eating disorders), sexuality, religion and family relationships and dynamics.
The concept that I love with the show is that each episode focuses on a different character, allowing you to see the individual lives and struggles of each teen, how they interlink and how they are able to deal with, or not deal with the issues which could supposedly face teenagers. The relationships between the characters seem to some extent be on a pendulum swinging from one extreme to the other, with constant bickering and jealousy being offset with extreme support for each other in the tough situations they face.
The show is ridiculously dramatic, with each character facing more perils then I can honestly believe an average teenager faces on a daily basis, however I will give the show credit for being willing to tackle some of the more serious issues a person could potentially face in some of their most extreme forms. The acting from the cast is good and each actor was fairly unknown prior to starring in this show, however I feel like each actor shone in their talents.
Overall I would give this program a 4/5, its worth a watch if you fancy watching some ridiculous drama!