To anyone who has not had their existence gifted by the brilliance that is Skins, I am here to educate you and quite possibly change your life.
If you have not fallen in love with this fabulous example of British drama, I highly recommend you have a dabble, you won't be disappointed.
My love affair with the show started over a year ago, when the DVD box set of seasons 1 & 2 was being passed around uni. After watching the first 3 episodes back to back I just couldn't get enough.
The show follows a group of friends entangled in the world of drugs, partying, sex and music, in a similar fashion to that of the film Human Traffic (another must-see).
Each episode is named for one of the main characters, the first being Tony, and delves into the depths of each individuals life, problems, secrets, emotions and all the drama that comes with being a teenager.
As the season unravels, the plot between the central characters and the intensity of the friendships brings so much power to the stories, building to one of the most heightened season finales I have witnessed (have some Kleenex handy!).
The script is brilliantly written (kudos to Bryan Elsley, a true genius) entangling the group into such complex, shocking yet utterly believable situations that are so real, so raw and ragged they literally leave you on the edge of your seat, mouth gaping to the floor and begging for more with every twist and turn.
Elsley set out to capture and detail the true complexities of teenage life in the 2000s covering issues from virginity and drug abuse, to broken homes and eating disorders, liars, lovers, cheaters and even death. All whilst trying to complete the final and hardest year of school life.
I don't want to say too much...and as we all know a picture says a thousand words, so here is a brief preview of the brilliance that is SKINS.
...ok so it won't let me embed the video, as it has been disallowed on the youtube website...but here is the link. Check it out: