8 items from 2013
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Warning: This review will contain spoilers.
This is the way Skins ends. Not with a bang but with a whimper. Last week’s taut urban drama has basically been replaced by Skins Does Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1. That’s what it feels like in a nutshell. Half of it is Cook, Emma, and Charlie on the run in the woods in a really slowly paced runaround with the episode’s villain that abruptly jumps to a climax. Which, as well as being flawed in itself, is a really disappointing way to pull off the programme’s last ever episode.
Unfortunately, the idea of exploring Cook’s personality post-Series 4 (which was a prominent theme in Part 1 and should be the focus of the whole story) is largely ignored in this episode. The only moments where it gets a look in is where he discusses »
- James T. Cornish
There was a heck of a lot riding on this final episode of Skins - it not only had to fulfil part one's promise and give Jack O'Connell's fantastic Cook the send-off he deserves, but also round off a series that redefined 'youth' television. No mean feat, especially given the standalone nature of these final films.
As we delve back into Cook's moody mindscape, the bad lad is on the run with the two women in his life - temptress Charlie (Hannah Britland) and girlfriend Emma (Esther Smith). The Cook we revisited last week was already a far cry from the braggart of series past, but on the run and out of his comfort zone, he's altogether different again - a forlorn, somewhat pathetic figure. Even the residents of a docile country pub sling insults his way.
With the trio out of the city and "off the grid", Rise »
Live Football: Preston North End v Blackpool | Celebs, Brands And Fake Tans: Channel 4 Dispatches | The Billion Dollar Wreck Hunt | Tales From The Royal Bedchamber | Long Live Britain | Rick Stein's German Bite | Petrol Bombs & Peace: Welcome To Belfast | Skins: Rise – Part Two
Live Football: Preston North End v Blackpool
7.30pm, Sky Sports 1
With Preston slumming it in the division below their local rivals, this grand old fixture is now restricted to the odd cup meeting, in this instance the opening tie of this season's Capital One Cup. Blackpool will look to better their performance in last season's competition, where they crashed out in the first round to Morecambe. For Preston, it's another tricky early-season encounter, coming two days after their league meeting with League One promotion favourites Wolves. Gwilym Mumford
8pm, Channel 4
Despite legal threats from ITV, Channel 4 »
- Gwilym Mumford, Rachel Aroesti, Ben Arnold, John Robinson, Ali Catterall, Hannah Verdier, Hannah J Davies, Bim Adewunmi
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Warning: This review will contain spoilers
Jamie Brittain does it again. After the last time he wrote an episode featuring Cook (Series 4 Episode 7), there was some doubt in my mind about how well he’d pick up on the character and his story but here he has excelled himself with an episode that’s well-paced and exciting but also manages to have a lot of depth, along with a shockingly dark climax.
But as with basically everything, this episode’s not completely perfect. The first ten minutes are a little slow and the first of the episode’s two sex scenes feels a bit gratuitous and played for laughs, which feels somewhat at odds with the darker tone that builds up later on but those issues aren’t enough to negatively affect the whole episode.
The most experimental part of the episode is Cook’s voiceover »
- James T. Cornish
So Effy's in jail, Naomi's dead, Emily's heartbroken and Cassie's shunned a hard-partying showbiz lifestyle for a quieter existence...
It's been over three years since we last saw Cook - launching himself, a flurry of fists, at his best friend's killer - but given how this final series of Skins has been panning out, should we expect to find Jack O'Connell's teen tearaway now drained of his youthful vigour and punk-ish exuberance? Well… sort of.
With its sweeping shots of a buzzing Manchester and a moody voiceover, Rise is as far from traditional Skins as these final films have dared to stray. This first film boasts a dark atmosphere and pulsing electronic soundtrack - stylistically, early comparisons to Ryan Gosling flick Drive are not entirely unwarranted.
But on the face of things, the character of Cook - now a drug peddler in Manchester - hasn't changed that much. He »
Series 7 of Skins marks a departure in style with former stars Hannah Murray, Jack O'Connell, and Kaya Scodelario returning to the roles which shaped their careers in three individual stories, each broadcast in two, one hour parts.
In Skins Fire, Effy (Kaya Scodelario) has a dead end job as a receptionist for a leading London Hedge Fund. But as she stumbles across crucial financial information relating to a troubled deal and embarks on an affair with her wealthy boss, she finds out that she has bitten off more than she can chew. Her flatmate Naomi (Lily Loveless) tries to stop Effy from ruining her life, but Effy cannot be reached; until tragedy strikes.
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Digital Spy has first-look images from the final Skins.
Skins - the final series in pictures:Skins Fire also stars Lily Loveless (Naomi) and Kathryn Prescott (Emily) - plus guest stars Lara Pulver and Kayvan Novak - and will see Effy's life spiral out of control as she uncovers evidence of a major financial fraud and embarks on an affair with her wealthy boss.
24 Hour Party People's Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan head from Tony Wilson to Paul Raymond with their latest movie The Look of Love, a biopic of the porn impresario who transformed London's Soho district and eventually became one of the richest men in Britain.
Raymond's story is one of highs, lows, hedonism and personal tragedy. It's a classic tale we've seen done often before, and Look of Love certainly shares DNA with Winterbottom and Coogan's previous collaboration on Party People.
Rises and falls were also memorably depicted in Martin Scorsese films Goodfellas and Casino, but here Coogan's protagonist skirts nearer to the boundaries of what's legal and what's not. He opens the Raymond Revuebar strip club, a private members' venue, to navigate around strict laws on flashing flesh. Lord Chamberlain's theatre »
8 items from 2013
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