The story of a group of British teens who are trying to grow up and find love and happiness despite questionable parenting and teachers who more want to be friends (and lovers) rather than authority figures.
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Series cast summary:
Kaya Scodelario ...  Effy Stonem / ... 26 episodes, 2007-2013
Nicholas Hoult ...  Tony 19 episodes, 2007-2008
Joe Dempsie ...  Chris 19 episodes, 2007-2008
Hannah Murray ...  Cassie / ... 19 episodes, 2007-2013
Mike Bailey ...  Sid 19 episodes, 2007-2008
April Pearson ...  Michelle 19 episodes, 2007-2008
Lily Loveless ...  Naomi Campbell / ... 19 episodes, 2009-2013
Will Merrick ...  Alo Creevey 18 episodes, 2011-2012
Freya Mavor ...  Mini McGuinness 18 episodes, 2011-2012
Jack O'Connell ...  James Cook / ... 18 episodes, 2009-2013
Laya Lewis ...  Liv Malone 18 episodes, 2011-2012
Dakota Blue Richards ...  Franky Fitzgerald 18 episodes, 2011-2012
Sean Teale ...  Nick Levan 18 episodes, 2011-2012
Ollie Barbieri ...  JJ Jones / ... 18 episodes, 2009-2010
Kathryn Prescott ...  Emily Fitch / ... 18 episodes, 2009-2013
Larissa Wilson ...  Jal 18 episodes, 2007-2008
Dev Patel ...  Anwar 18 episodes, 2007-2008
Luke Pasqualino ...  Freddie Mclair / ... 17 episodes, 2009-2010
Giles Thomas Giles Thomas ...  Doug 18 episodes, 2007-2012
Mitch Hewer ...  Maxxie 17 episodes, 2007-2008
Lisa Backwell Lisa Backwell ...  Pandora Moon / ... 17 episodes, 2008-2010
Alexander Arnold ...  Rich Hardbeck 16 episodes, 2011-2012
Megan Prescott ...  Katie Fitch / ... 15 episodes, 2009-2010
Jessica Sula ...  Grace Violet 14 episodes, 2011-2012
Merveille Lukeba ...  Thomas Tomone / ... 14 episodes, 2009-2010
Sebastian De Souza ...  Matty Levan 13 episodes, 2011-2012
Morwenna Banks ...  Anthea / ... 12 episodes, 2007-2010
Daniel Kaluuya ...  Posh Kenneth / ... 11 episodes, 2007-2009
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Series One and Two focuses on a group of British teens trying to grow up and learn about love and life with little adult supervision (and lots of PARTYING). Sid tries to be everyone's friend and usually ends up on the short end of the stick. He is mostly manipulated by best friend Tony, whose girlfriend Michelle he is in love with. Tony is one to try anything once, including every girl he meets. He manipulates not only Sid and Michelle but anyone else who will let him. Anwar is just looking to lose his virginity, and though he is Muslim, it rarely stops him from partying excessively. Gay and popular friend Maxxie is along for the ride, while trying to pursue his dream of being a dancer and actor in London. Cassie, an anorexic basket-case, is in love with Sid, who overlooks her time and time again. Straight-laced Jal wants to focus on her musical ambitions. Written by gatetraveler

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Trivia

Many people think Effy is the only character to appear in 4 seasons, (or 2 generations) but the characters Pandora Moon, Anthea and Jim Stonem (Effy and Tony's parents) and the teacher, Doug all reoccur in multiple seasons. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the series, lighting screens and crew reflections can be seen in Sid's glasses multiple times. See more »

Quotes

Chris Miles: Last night man, cool. Total blast. Everything you could ever want from an evening. Songs, choir girls, colourful costumes, fellatio... rabbits
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Alternate Versions

Due to licensing issues, the DVDs and international broadcastings of the first three seasons have a very different soundtrack. The opening theme by Fat Segal remains intact in all versions. See more »

Connections

Referenced in TV Is Dead?: Winning Back the Teens (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Skins Theme Tune
Composed by Fat Segal
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A breath of fresh air...
1 September 2008 | by paul-m-ukSee all my reviews

When trying to think of successful 'teen' drama series, all that really springs to my mind are the likes of 'The OC' or 'Dawson's Creek'. Isn't it about time that us Brits made some kind of contribution to this genre? Step forward 'Skins', a gritty UK drama about a gang of teenage Bristolians.

The show is instantly refreshing for two reasons. Unlike the aforementioned American shows, the show's sixteen and seventeen year old characters actually look that age and lack that 'surprisingly-mature-looking' quality of the stars of the US teen shows. Secondly, the show is less 'aspirational' than its US counterparts. All the characters are flawed, and we meet real people with real problems as opposed to spoilt brats trying to live millionaire lifestyles. We watch as the teenagers try to get on at college, pursue relationships and try to make their future that little bit less uncertain.

The flaws in the characters are what make the show so interesting, as each member of the group tries to make their own way in the world. Each will succeed only to a certain extent. Although all different, the group are united in their pursuit of a decadent, hedonistic lifestyle. This is where the show becomes controversial. Clearly targeted at teenagers, the show runs the risk of promoting this kind of lifestyle. Having said this, the audience is made sympathetic to the characters' antics by placing them in the context of the anguish which they all experience to some extent. What's more, the liberal approach to life exhibited is rarely without consequence.

Skins is compelling viewing. The soundtrack is excellent and the acting, for the most part, shows a lot of promise. Although the show is morally questionable at times, it confirms to me the fact that Channel 4 is the UK's most exciting broadcaster, which should be commended in at least some senses for having the audacity to do things that the BBC never would. Being innovative almost always requires the raising of a few eyebrows.

Young people in Britain are getting a bad press at the moment, and Skins is successful in showcasing the more human side of today's teens and also in reminding older folks that even they were young once. I just hope that the show doesn't go too far in promoting the kind of lifestyle which may be the reason why young people are finding themselves ostracized in the first place.


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Release Date:

17 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bristol, England, UK

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