Wednesday, 25 January 2017

10 Years of Skins - A Few Favourites

I have always loved Skins.

I have always loved Skins. 

Everything about it screams troubled teens, but I know it was a show that got most teenagers through those lost years. 

I have always loved Skins.

First arriving on the scene in 2007, I wasn't so sure. The clubbing, drugs and violence was too much for my year 7 mind but I later found the show at the age of 15 and never looked back.

I have always loved Skins.

Its character per episode format won me over completely. Being able to focus on one character's story at a time helped you feel real emotion for each - which made you feel even more so when the characters developed and come into their own. 

I have always loved Skins.

Perhaps it was the realness that caught me. I was sick and tired of comparing my life to the perfect teenage American love story. That is far from the case. Kids are out partying, getting a little too drunk at times and some of them are doing drugs. Welcome to the real world.

I have always loved Skins.

The teenage years are the most confusing time, we don't always get the guy or girl, and we certainly aren't singing our way through college. Skins showed the real drama that most teens had no idea they were struggling with too.

I have always loved Skins.

I tried to whittle it down to a few of my favourites... took a while!

I have always loved Skins.

'Wild World' - Series 1, Episode 9

To my knowledge, series one was wrapping up nicely as most storylines finally came to an end. Even Tony was getting his shit together! Karma didn't want to wait any longer, though, and Tony was hit by a bus. Ouch. 

The first series of Skins screams iconic, with so many scenes still being talked about ten years on, but the first ever series finale left us shook. Who would've thought Skins, the show we knew to be crazy, to finish in a musical? Let alone to the haunting tune of 'Oooh baby baby, it's a wild world' - But it worked. After that, the world was our oyster, who knew what skins would do next?

I have always loved Skins.

"I'M COOOOOOOOK!" - Series 4, Episode 8 - Series 7, Episode 6

Probably the most iconic moment in skins history. The series 4 finale was the most 'un-finished' scene of skins, ever. I absolutely adored Jack O'Connell and his portrayal of Cook was perfect. It broke my heart to hear those words again in what would be his final ever appearance in series 7.

I have always loved Skins.


I have always loved Skins.

Ballet vs. Metal Series 5, Episode 2

My favourite romance of gen three was always between Rich and Grace. Generation three didn't really stick with me. It wasn't quite the same old skins I knew and loved. perhaps The connection between the first two and watching Effy grow up made them more appealing, as this generation's characters were completely new.

If I felt anything for the final two series it was definitely the relationship between those two. Opposites attract, right? The Ballet Dancer and the Metal Mosher fell in love and learned to love what the other did. Skins made magic.

I have always loved Skins.

''Im Katie Fucking Fitch" Series 4, Episode 4

Katie Fitch certainly wasn't my favourite Fitch twin. Until this moment of course. Katie was a total bitch and treated her sister and the people around her like shit. Until she learned of her infertility that is. After that, she grew the f*ck up and become the strong independent character I grew to adore. Her episode in series four is, in my eyes, probably one of the most iconic moments in British TV History. 

"I'm Katie f*cking Fitch, who the f*ck are you?"  Would become a moment skins fans would never forget.

I have always loved Skins.

''Because he could; because he was” Series 2, Episode 10

Never have I been more heartbroken while watching a fictional character die.

It saddened me when Chris' friends were banned from the funeral. He adored them all. Then, in true skins style, they bid farewell in their own unique way. Overlooking the funeral service on top of the hill, the group told their beautiful story and let off fireworks to say goodbye to the youthful, heartfelt friend they were leaving behind.

“I’ve been thinking about what Chris would have wanted me to say today. The advice he’d give me, which’d be something like, “Know what, babe? Fuck it. These guys know all about me. Tell them about someone different.” So I thought I’d say something about a hero of Chris’s: a man called Captain Joe Kittinger. In 1960, climbing into a foil balloon, Captain Joe ascended 32 kilometres into the stratosphere. And then, armed only with a parachute, he jumped out. He fell for four minutes and thirty-six seconds, reaching seven hundred and forty miles per hour before opening his parachute five kilometres above the Earth. It had never been done before, and it’s never been done since. He did it just because he could. And that’s why Chris loved him - because the thing about Chris was, he said yes. He said yes to everything. He loved everyone. And he was the bravest boy - man - I knew. And that was - he flung himself out of a foil balloon every day. Because he could. Because he was. And that’s why - and that’s why we, we loved him.”

I have always loved Skins.


“That’s the great thing about the universe, unpredictable. That’s why it’s so much fun.” – Tony Gen 1

“They think we’re in heaven, but we’re living in hell.” -Cassie Gen 1

“Don’t pretend that you care. Everybody does that.”-Naomi Gen 2

“You just burn, kid. You just burn, just keep it all on the inside.”-James Cook Gen 2

“Best way not to get your heart broken is to pretend you don’t have one.”-Effy Gen 2

“Love, I don’t understand why you’re so obsessed with that word. I don’t know what it means.”-Franky Gen 3

I have always loved Skins.

“You think you know death, but you don't, not until you've seen it, really seen it... And it gets under your skin and lives inside you.

You also think you know life, stand on the edge of things and what you go by but you're not living it, not really, you're just a tourist, a ghost, then you see it, really see it, it gets under your skin and lives inside you, and there's no escape, there's nothing to be done, and you know what? it's good, it's a good thing.

And that’s all I’ve got to say about it.” 
- Cook Gen 2

“Do you know what hurts the most about a broken heart? Not being able to remember how you felt before...” Cassie Gen 1

“You can take anything if you want it enough.” ― Effy Gen 2

“Love, love, love. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.” ― Effy Gen 2

I have always loved Skins.’s just bits of paper or numbers on a screen, isn’t it, really? But these walls, they exist. If you can imagine memories happening in them, then that’s real, isn’t it? 

I just… I want you to imagine dying. Alright, I know that sounds weird, but just…you’re really old and you’re in your bed and you’re remembering your life. Your daughter’s first birthday. Shagging on a Sunday afternoon. Skinning up in the garden. With the kids. 

Alright, when you do that, is this the house that you see in all those memories? ‘Cause if it is more than a few bits of paper here or there don’t really seem to matter. - Chris Gen 1

I have always loved Skins.

If you couldn't tell already, generation two were my absolute favourites. I loved the way Pandora could make you laugh, Cook made you question people's motives, Effy made you strong, Freddie made you learn to love. I could go on all day...

Happy 10 Years of Skins.

I have always loved Skins.

P.S: In my eyes, skins seven never happened. Cook and Effy found eachother again and Naomi certainly didn't die. Sid and Cassie stayed together after New York. Happily Ever After. But then again, the best thing about this show is that it's real.

Fuck it, for Chris.


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