Set in Bristol, UK, Skins first aired in 2007, creating loyal fans and introducing as to some future TV & movie stars.
Provocative, sassy, real, Skins portrayed how being a teenager is actually like. No pink clouds, no fantasy lives; this series showed it like it is.
The series is divided to three generations and 7 seasons.
The first six seasons focus on the three generations, whilst the seventh that premiered last week, will take us back to three characters: Effie from seasons 1-4, Cook from series 3-4 and of course Cassie from seasons 1-2.
Skins, has had all sorts of characters: losers, misfits, artists, popular kids – you name it. There is at least one character for someone to connect to. The issues that the series touches are not those that an ordinary teenager would deal (Love triangles, lesbian relationships, drugs, mental breakdowns, murders, suicides) – yet Skins is real. Raw. Honest.
Fun fact: In 2011, a US version of Skins was launched in MTV. The series was an exact replica of the UK version (with a few twists) and despite the fact that the same network series airs such as Jersey Shore or Teen Mom with huge success, Skins US, raised lots of controversy, over its sexual content, in which several advertisers withdrew, leading to no renewal for season 2.
This innovative series, introduced us to many young actors that would later on become stars: Nicolas Hoult (X-men, Warm Bodies, A Single Man, Jack The giant slayer), Dev Patel (Jamal in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire), Hannah Murray & Joe Dempsie (you know, Gilly & Gendry from that little show named Game of Thrones..), Kaya Scodelario (Wuthering Heights adaptation), Jack O’Connell (who we will soon see at 300: Rise Of An Empire), Luke Pasqualino (The Borgias, Battlestar Galactica and soon in Snowpiercer, the intriguing English-language debut of The Host director Bong Joon-ho), to name a few.
The latest season (7th) will be the last one as it is rumored and this is the first time that we see characters not in their teens, but in their young adult life. Will Effie have surpassed her mental & drug issues? Will Cook have managed to become a functional member of society (doubtful)? And will Cassie have become...well, normal?
Out of all the characters that have passed from Skins, these three make a very interesting choice. It is left to see whether (in the words of Gaspar Noe) time will have changed everything....
Ever since I first set foot on a cinema theatre, I knew that something magical was happening there....