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Aug 20, 2009
Britain's Skins Invades America (And We Love It)
Conor Griff

British TV is inferior to America's in every way. For instance, did you know they have a version of The Office? Totally unoriginal. (*wink*) However, one thing they do better, way better, is the primetime teen soap. Skins has been a hit in Britain for a few years now, and its brilliance is just starting to get noticed over here on the side of the Atlantic Ocean that has edible things to eat.

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MTV plans to create an all-American version of Britain's brilliant Skins. We have a few thoughts on how to transplant the show to the USA without bollixing the whole thing up.
Aug 25, 2009
How To Make the American Version of Skins Not Suck

Remember last week when we urged you to watch Skins, and how it's now your new favorite British TV show? Now there is going to be an American version, for those of you who don't speak British. MTV announced yesterday that they are developing a new iteration, to be set in Baltimore. To help ensure Skins' success, we have a few suggestions.

It's out with the old in with the new when the BAFTA-nominated teen drama Skins returns this week.
Jan 19, 2009
Skins returns with a nearly all-new cast

There's a new gang in town this Thursday when Skins returns for its third series: Tony, Michelle and Sid are long gone and in their place is a group of new angst-ridden teens. The drama returns with just two of the original leading cast, Effy, Tony's rebellious younger sister, and her kooky best friend Pandora.

The class of 2009, led by Effy, will continue to deliver outrageous storylines with the series premiere promising to provide nudity, drugs and bad language.

Click here to scope out the new gang.

This week's Skins is all about politically astute Naomi. So far she's spent the series thinking she's got everything and everyone figured out but she's in for a shock…
Feb 24, 2009
Naomi in the Skins spotlight

Naomi has put her peers to shame with her confident, strong-minded ways over the last few weeks, but her limits are tested This Thursday and she begins questioning her ideals, and most of all her sexuality.

Since sharing a drunken kiss with Emily two weeks ago Naomi has been feeling somewhat confused and when two unlikely men make their move on her this week her feelings become muddled further. Who will she chose?

Naomi's episode can be seen on Skins this Thursday, February 19, on E4 at 10pm.

Read more about this episode here.

From cheating parents to threatening gang-lords, every member of the new Skins gang is suffering from their own personal trials--and this week it's the elusive Freddie's turn.
Feb 17, 2009
Get under Freddie's Skin

Freddie has been struggling to cope with his wild friends since he started college at the beginning of the series and this week things take a turn for the worse when his sister Karen adds to the turmoil.

This week's episode will see Karen reach the final of a reality TV show that she's adamant will make her a star. Freddie isn't too sure about her tactics though and is blackmailed into lying about their dead mother to help her cause.

To add to his woes, Freddie's best friend Cook is continuing to take him for granted and his not-so-secret crush is still messing him around. Will things ever get better for Freddie?

This week's Skins will feature a guest appearance from radio DJ Scott Mills and can be seen this Thursday, February 19 on E4 at 10pm.

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We take a closer look at the controversy behind Skins' current run.
Mar 19, 2010
Are You For or Against Skins' Fourth Season?

Suicide, murder, and drug addiction have proved essential to the storylines of Skins' fourth season. The eight-part series has been far darker than before, featuring serious issues rarely covered on TV -- let alone on shows aimed at teens. Though it's continued to attract decent audience figures the show's dark changes have divided fans. Now the series has ended we put to you the cases for and against Skins' fourth season. Which side are you on?

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OK, so this season of Skins has been rather grim and unrealistic, but hasn't that always been the case? Think back to the first two seasons when drug abuse was rife, Maxxie was stalked and Tony was hit by a bus. The storylines then were no more ridiculous than they are now, and they certainly didn't stop fans tuning in by their bucket loads. The show's just a bit ...

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The show has been re-commissioned for a further two series, E4 has confirmed.
Mar 12, 2010
Skins Gets Two More Seasons; Secret Suggests One Character Could Stay

Popular teen drama, Skins, will be back for a fifth and sixth series, E4 announced today. And though it's confirmed that none of the main cast will be returning -- not even Effy, the only character to exist in all seasons so far -- the show's co-creator has revealed one current character could be kept in.

Speaking at the launch of the present season Jamie Brittain admitted that it's "possible" James Fitch, the younger brother of twins Emily and Katie, might remain in the show. Executive producer Bryan Elsey responded by joking: "Well, we'll have to now. Won't we?" But, in an interview with DigitalSpy earlier that month Elsey denied these plans, saying: "I can't imagine [keeping] anyone at the moment. I just love James Fitch, but he is not at the right age to join the main cast."

Open auditions are being held in April ...

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The current cast of Skins are all set to leave at the end of the fourth series, it has been claimed.
Jul 20, 2009
Complete Skins cast axed again
Naomi, Cook, Emily and the gang are to suffer the same fate as their Skins predecessors – being axed after just two series on the show.
Skins ties up its loose ends this week when the teen drama's third series concludes on E4.
Mar 24, 2009
Skins: Series Three Finale

The increasingly complicated relationships formed throughout the season are set to improve this Thursday when the series' finale airs on E4.

The third series, which introduced a nearly all-new cast in January, has seen its fair share of drama over the last nine episodes--with gang lords, drug abuse and love triangles creating an array of complex dilemmas for the characters.

This week however, the confusion surrounding the gangs’ love lives reaches a dramatic conclusion as the series' infamous love triangle is potentially brought to an end.

Since catching the boys' eyes in the opening episode Effy has remained in Cook and Freddie's hearts (and beds) ever since. Despite once being best friends, the boys have spent the series fighting for her affections, and this week their set for their final battle.

Meanwhile, Freddie and JJ fall out and Effy is forced to make amends for the pain she caused ...

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Skins is a BAFTA-winning British teen drama that follows a group of teenagers in Bristol, England in their last two pre-college years. The show explores several controversial themes in their grueling realism, including mental illness, dysfunctional family life, the club scene, sexual orientation, substance abuse, and death. All of this in addition to the more typical teen drama plots revolving around friendships, love, and sex. Bryan Elsely and Jamie Brittain wrote the pilot and continue to heavily influence the writing team, also consisting of teens. The show premiered on E4 in January 2007. A unique quality about the show is that it brings in a new group or generation of cast members every two seasons. Skins is currently on its fifth series or season and it's 3rd generation of characters.
The show has served as a launching pad for first-time actors. For many of the stars, it's their first gig, but for many of them, it won't be their last. The first generation consisted of Tony Stonem (Nicholas Hoult), Michelle Richardson (April Pearson), Sid Jenkins (Mike Bailey), Cassie Ainsworth (Hannah Murray), Chris Miles (Joe Dempsie), Jal Fazer (Larissa Wilson), Maxxie Oliver (Mitch Hewer), Anwar Kharral (Dev Patel), and Effy Stonem (Kaya Scodelario).
The second generation consisted of Effy Stonem (Kaya Scodelario), Pandora Moon (Lisa Blackwell), Thomas Tomone (Merveille Lukeba), James Cook (Jack O'Connell), Freddie McLair (Luke Pasqualino), JJ Jones (Ollie Barbieri), Emily Fitch (Kathryn Prescott), Katie Fitch (Megan Prescott), and Naomi Campbell (Lily Loveless).
The third generation consisted of Franky Fitzgerald (Dakota Blue Richards), Alo Creevey (Will Merrick), Rich Hardbeck (Alexander Arnold), Mini McGuinness (Freya Mavor), Liv Malone (Laya Lewis), Grace Violet Blood (Jessica Sula), Nick Levan (Sean Teale), and Matty Levan (Sebastian De Souza).

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