Telly For Anglophiles | Skins
Skins is a BAFTA award-winning British teen drama that follows the lives of a group of teenagers in Bristol, South West England, through the two years of sixth form. Its controversial storylines have explored issues such as dysfunctional families, mental illness (such as eating disorders), adolescent sexuality, substance abuse and death. The show was created by father-and-son television writers Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain for Company Pictures, and premiered on E4 on 25 January 2007. The show went on to be a ratings winner in its target demographic and to be a success with critics.
Skins began its 6th series in January 2012, following a third generation of Bristolian teenagers. A Skins film, focusing on characters from the show’s first four series, was also in production and had been anticipated for release in 2012. However, at the screening of “Everyone” (episode 6.01) in January 2012, show creator Bryan Elsley hinted that a movie will probably not happen until after the show comes to an end. The cancellation of the UK show was announced on 7 March 2012. The E4 teen drama has been recommissioned for a special seventh run – made up of three films broken up into six parts – to be broadcast in 2013.