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Axed: Skins

Daring UK teen drama Skins will end after next year's seventh series.

Daring UK teen drama Skins will end after next year’s seventh series.

Channel 4 has confirmed the final series will be broadcast in early 2013, promising “a celebration of this truly iconic series”.

Series 6 is currently airing in the UK and is expected to air on SBS later this year.

The drama, created by father-and-son writers Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain, was groundbreaking in its use of a team of young writers and first-time actors, as well as its bold moves in replacing the principal cast every two seasons.

The raw storylines have been critically praised for raising social themes, handled delicately by its young performers and frequently pushing the boundaries. A US adaptation failed to fire on MTV, coming under fire for its depiction of partying teenagers.

Skins is a brilliant show which has defined a generation and will go down as a truly iconic, game-changing piece of television but after seven series it is time for E4 to make way for the next generation of the bold, the new and the innovative,” a Channel 4 spokeswoman said.

Source: The Guardian

10 Responses

  1. The first two series were excellent but after that I lost interest. Skins was ground breaking, obliterating the mould of previous youth/school kids gone wild driven dramas such as Grange Hill or Waterloo Road ( Though WR did get grittier and tackled the harder subjects and was produced by Shed who did Bad Girls so I can’t complain). It was teen angst at it’s very best and worst, laden with all the wrong things that youth do, fuelled on drugs, sex and rock and roll. Pent up emotion delivered characters to the screen that were played with commendable ability. Hannah Murray as the flighty and eccentric Cassie is a stellar standout, Sid, Tony, Michelle and not forgetting the others, but really it was always about Sid and Cassie for me. Great writing, excellent production and a killer soundtrack made Skins – First generation a real fresh take on everything to do with that lucrative 16-24 demographic. I’m sure it would be near impossible to lure them all back, but what a closure to the Skins brand it would be to revisit the First gen in Series 7 and tie up some loose ends. The last few scenes with Cassie in NY along to Adele’s Hometown Glory stick in my mind. Sometimes producers just get it so right!

  2. Right decision to axe it – but don’t understand why they’ve commissioned a seventh season.

    The plan is that it’ll feature members from all three generations of the cast – but personally I think the unresolved issues like Sid and Cassie and whether Cook lived or died are better left unresolved as they’ll never be able to satisfy the audience with the outcome they devise.

  3. While this is disappointing being a fan of the series, I can understand why it can’t continue. They have pretty much drained all possible storylines dry. Anything they tend to write now is borderline absurd and sometimes even crosses that!

  4. I would go as far as to say, that show was only good in season 1.

    Just like Glee was good in it’s first 12 eps, everything after went downhill quickly.

    If you can watch season 1, absolutely do it, if not, then don’t bother.

  5. This is a good decision. I think any discerning viewer is well aware of the fact that the show has been going downhill ever since season four’s horrendously stupid conclusion. I think that the producers essentially let the philosophy of the show (i.e. using lots of young writers) get in the way of its quality. My understanding is that the show’s creators have both now left and the writing is being undertaken more and more by younger inexperienced writers, and it really shows.

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