SKINS (UK) “Franky” Review

SKINS "Franky" Series 5 Episode 1 – SKINS kicks off with a new series and whole new cast starting tonight with Franky the androgynous new girl in town. The American Skins airing on MTV has been labelled ‘the most dangerous show on TV’ (which would be enough to have me tuning in) so this original E4 version has a lot to live up too. With Skins you know what you’re gonna get, angst, drugs, sex, underage drinking and plenty of it. It’s a heightened, slightly ridiculous portrayal of teenage life but past series’ have had more depth to them with provocative story lines producing some talented young actors including the Oscar winning Dev Patel.

The opening episode of this ‘Third Generation’ of Skins is less provocative more ridiculous with the clichéd school bitch Mini with her two hanger-on sidekicks, pantomime adult characters including a sadistic sports teacher and Franky’s two camp ‘Dads’ puts the portrayal of gay couples back about twenty years feeling parodied and naff. Read More...


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