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Sketch 

Maxxie has a creepy feeling that someone is watching him. Someone close by. A hot boy maybe? No such luck. Sketch is Maxxie's stalker. A weird loner, who spends most days shut up in a poky ... See full summary »

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Aysha Rafaele

Writers:

Bryan Elsley (creator), Jack Thorne | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Hoult ... Tony Stonem
Joe Dempsie ... Chris Miles
Aimee-Ffion Edwards ... Sketch
Mitch Hewer ... Maxxie Oliver
April Pearson ... Michelle Richardson
Mike Bailey ... Sid Jenkins
Dev Patel ... Anwar Kharral
Larissa Wilson ... Jal Fazer
Daniel Kaluuya ... Posh Kenneth
Georgina Moffat ... Abigail Stock
Giles Thomas Giles Thomas ... Doug
Julian Ronnie Julian Ronnie ... Mr. Ronnie
Shane Richie ... Bruce
Bill Bailey ... Walter Oliver
Maria Miles Maria Miles ... Sheila
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Maxxie has a creepy feeling that someone is watching him. Someone close by. A hot boy maybe? No such luck. Sketch is Maxxie's stalker. A weird loner, who spends most days shut up in a poky flat looking after her disabled Mum. So her attentions turn to the blonde boy who lives on the estate. Soon everything in her life is about Maxxie - if only he would even notice her. Meanwhile, the sixth form college production of 'Osama: The Musical' is teetering towards disaster under the heavy-handed guidance of lecherous drama teacher Bruce. But Sketch is prepared to do anything to get leading man Maxxie, and if she can't have him, she's going to make sure nobody can - and especially not his current leading lady Michelle. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 2008 (UK) See more »

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Company Pictures,E4 See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

When reciting the names of all of Hugh Grant's movies since 1992, Anwar finishes just before reaching About a Boy (2002); the film Grant co-starred in with Nicholas Hoult, who also stars in Skins. See more »

Goofs

In the background of the drama room one sign has artist misspelled as atrist. See more »

Quotes

Chris Miles: If Rome won't go to Mohammed, then Mohammed will clap till it does.
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Connections

References Extreme Measures (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Addicted To Love
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Written and performed by Robert Palmer
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Different , not always the most entertaining
15 April 2012 | by Mikey CSee all my reviews

This isn't a great episode of Skins by a long shot, but it's certainly intriguing. It revolves around Sketch, a plain girl from an impoverished background who acts as the sole carer to her disabled mother. She's also obsessed with Maxxie, one of the most loved members of the cast, which automatically turns the viewer against her.

Sketch is an interesting character. She's creepy and a lot of her actions are pretty deplorable (especially when against the characters we've come to know and love). Yet should we sympathise with her because of the tough life she has led and continues to lead? This explains her actions; whether it excuses them depends on personal morality. I certainly get the impression that this is a character who could do with help; help caring for her mother, friends who support her, a more positive self image. But I don't like her, even though I feel desperately sorry for her. Which is kind of the point. Average looking, plainly dressed girls with awkward manners like her aren't easily lovable, and that leads to her lashing out against beautiful, popular people who have the life she would love.

I'm not personally convinced that the character should have been written into the show. It doesn't really serve a purpose in the longer arc, and is only a short term distraction, possibly to make a point the writers wanted to make. The time this episode took up could have been used for some scenes depicting fun and togetherness in the group, something the second series lacked a little. They do throw a bit of comedy in along the way, with Chris providing laughs and of course the last scene with Anwar. The best scenes are those between Tony and Michelle, as they struggle to find themselves again. The bathroom scene in particular is excellent.

Still, this isn't one of my favourite episodes of Skins, and it certainly pales in comparison to the next instalment in this particular series. Falls into the category of unique yet skippable.


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