Skin-on-Skin

I try not to watch too much televsion. When I do watch it tends to be to chill out after a long day at work and most of what I see isn’t worth the time I’ve wasted.
This makes DVDs and the new download services very valuable.
Last night I watched the last episode in the second (and seemingly the last) series of Skins on Channel 4’s download service.
This quirky series about the lives of a group of 17 and 18 year olds growing up in Bristol has really hit a golden vein through the last few episodes of this second run.
The first series was patchy. The episode dealing with Cassie’s (Hannah Murray) anorexia and bulimia and attendant mental problems was well crafted but the remainder was inconsistent.

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The second series has also had its unconvincing and confusing moments but the last three episodes dealing with Jal’s (Larissa Wilson) pregnancy, Chris’ (Joe Dempsie) illness and sudden death and Cassie’s flight to New York were consistently moving and funny in turns. Sid Jenkins (Mike Bailey) has been excellent throughout these episodes as indeed he has been throughout the two series.

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The characters have now reached the end of their A-levels and are moving towards the future with lots of built in ambiguities about where this may take them. Let’s hope the writers / directors and Channel 4 have the good sense to leave it this way and not move it towards a rumoured third series featuring the next generation. This road leads to the inevitable catch-up “see what happened to them in three years” time series featuring the original cast or those who are willing to return and should be avoided at all costs.

“Skins” was a programme that I thought was going to be nothing more than a light-hearted series about teenage drug-taking (hardly what we need at the moment). That it has turned into a series with mostly credible characters and thoughtful and poignant moments is to Channel 4’s credit.

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