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Irreverent comedy drama from the makers of Shameless, which follows the messy lives, loves, delirious highs and inevitable lows of a group of raucous teenage friends in Bristol

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Irreverent comedy drama from the makers of Shameless, which follows the messy lives, loves, delirious highs and inevitable lows of a group of raucous teenage friends in Bristol

  • Skins: Rise Part Two

    In the final part of Rise, Cook's dalliance with his employer's girlfriend has devastating consequences.

    Cook, Emma and Charlie need to hide out until things have calmed down, but he has sparked a chain of events that is now impossible to stop.

    Propelled into a world of savage revenge, Cook must face his own violent past.

  • Skins: Rise Part One

    In the first part of the final story, Cook has a job delivering drugs to Manchester revellers. But when he is asked to help his employer's girlfriend find a house, he feels irresistibly attracted to her.

    Cook then sets off a chain of events that leads him into a world of savage revenge and a confrontation with his own violent past.

  • Skins: Pure Part Two

    Cassie's strange new relationship is tested to its limits in the concluding part of Skins: Pure...

  • Skins: Pure Part One

    Cassie is adrift, alone and invisible in London, trying to make sense of her life. Slowly she realises that someone is following her.

    Cassie turns towards the unknown. A strange and poignant friendship is carved out of mutual loneliness, but can it survive exposure to the real world?

  • Skins: Fire Part Two

    In the concluding part of Fire, Effy has uncovered crucial financial information relating to a troubled deal while working at a dead-end job at a leading London hedge fund, but having embarked on an affair with her boss, she is now in a precarious situation.

    Her flatmate Naomi tries to intervene, but Effy isn't listening - until tragedy strikes.

  • Skins: Fire Part One

    In the first episode of the final run, Effy has a dead end job as a receptionist for a leading London hedge fund where she embarks on an affair with her wealthy boss and also stumbles across crucial financial information relating to a troubled deal.

    Effy's flatmate Naomi tries to stop her from ruining her life, but Effy cannot be reached - until tragedy strikes.

  • Series 6 Episode 10

    It's the end of an era. The exam results are in and Alex is throwing the mother of all leaving parties.

    Everyone's future hangs in the balance as Franky struggles to confront her past. The group is still in pieces following Grace's death... and time is running out for them to make things right.

  • Series 6 Episode 9

    Mini and Franky are still holed up in Mini's bedroom, but with Matty back in Bristol and Mini's ever-growing baby bump, time is quickly running out for the girls.

    Things come to a head when Mini's heath takes a turn for the worse leaving them isolated and under pressure from family and friends.

  • Series 6 Episode 8

    Liv has been partying with her new best friend Alex ever since he arrived in Bristol. But then he disappears for a dirty weekend just when Liv needs him most.

    She reaches out to her friends, but finds she is excluded from their lives.

    With nobody to turn to in her hour of need, Liv is forced to face up to the choices she's made and isn't quite as strong as she believed.

  • Series 6 Episode 7

    Alo still has no idea that Mini is carrying his baby.

    Fed up of trying to get back to the fun times they used to have, he attempts to get over Mini by hooking up with a new girl, Poppy Champion. She's perfect for Alo and Mini is soon a distant memory.

    Franky's attempts to make him see sense fall on deaf ears. But Alo's childish choices come back to haunt him and he's soon out of his depth.

    In a lot of trouble and with nobody to turn to, the boy who stubbornly refused to grow up may have finally run out of time...

  • Series 6 Episode 6

    Nick is desperately in love with Franky, but it's a one-way street. He has no choice but to accept Franky as his friend and nothing more, while his love for her grows with each passing day.

    Then Matty gets in touch. He's still in love with Franky and needs Nick's help to get him out of Morocco and back to Bristol. Ever loyal, Nick tries to put his feelings for Franky aside and agrees to help his brother.

    Torn between his love for Franky, his loyalty to Matty and his fear of confrontation, Nick's life begins to spin wildly out of control until he has no choice but to step up and discover what he's truly capable of.

  • Series 6 Episode 5

    Mini's hates her mum's pervy new live-in boyfriend, and to make matters worse, Alo has broken the rules of their 'no strings attached' secret relationship and declared his love for her.

    Mini feels trapped; she's lost control of her life and needs to get away. Ignoring advice from her mum and Liv, she seeks refuge with her dad.

    Gregory's never been around that much, but promises it'll be different this time. He sweeps Mini into his glamorous and grown-up world where she feels a million miles away from her problems.

    But Mini has a bigger problem that she can't run away from and will ultimately have to face on her own.

  • Series 6 Episode 4

    Franky is in a bad place - it's the week of her mock exams and she's unable to concentrate on her studies.

    Her friends are avoiding her, parental support makes her feel smothered and in her isolation she feels propelled towards Luke. He's bad news, but he feels as if he's the only person who understands her and she's intoxicated by him.

    Drawn into Luke's dangerous world, she finds an outlet for her anger and frustration. Burning bridges with family and friends, Franky is in more trouble than ever before.

    But help comes in unlikely forms, and out of the darkness a new friendship is born.

  • Series 6 Episode 3

    Alex starts college and immediately hits it off with a fellow student. He sees something very special in Liv and draws her into his strange and wonderful world.

    But it can't last. Alex isn't used to having friends, and Liv invests a little bit too heavily in the distraction he provides.

  • Series 6 Episode 2

    Professor David Blood has banned Rich from visiting Grace in hospital and Rich is suffering.

    Alo tries to keep him out of trouble with a band practice, but Rich is committed to his love and he stands outside the hospital waiting for Grace's call.

    Eventually the call comes and Rich finds a way past security and breaks into Grace's room. The lovers are reunited, but they have a problem as Blood is moving Grace to another hospital in Zurich.

    Rich goes to Grace's house to appeal to Professor Blood, but finds they've already gone. Rich moves into the house, sleeping in Grace's room until Alo tracks him down and pledges to help his best mate.

    But Alo has other things on his mind and cracks begin to develop in the boys' friendship. It falls to Liv to bring the fractured group back together again.

  • Series 6 Episode 1

    The award-winning Skins returns for its sixth series. The gang return in style burning their way through a holiday in Morocco.

    But what begins as a hedonistic trip turns into a living hell. By the time they return to Bristol everything has changed...

  • Series 5 Episode 8

    It's the day of Rich and Grace's wedding, and the gang are pulling together for the happy couple. But with shambolic Alo as best man, it's no surprise that they run into trouble and become separated in the wilds of Somerset.

    Will they make it to the church on time? And will they still be friends by the end?

  • Series 5 Episode 7

    Grace has always believed in fairytales and happy endings, but she is forced to face reality when Rich meets her father, who instantly disapproves and threatens to send her back to Mayberry's College for Young Ladies if her grades drop.

    Grace has to pass her drama exam, but with her relationship in turmoil and the whole gang at odds in her production of Twelfth Night, it's not looking likely.

    When Grace manages to pull it off, her father goes back on his word, sending her to Mayberry's anyway. However, Rich rescues her, climbing up to her room and proposing - her own real-life Romeo!

  • Series 5 Episode 6

    Fed up with his boring life on Creevey Farm Alo goes to the city to seriously party and try to get laid. Meanwhile his parents, fed up with his behaviour, remove him from college in an attempt to force him to buckle down on the farm.

    But Alo rebels and hosts a party that ruins the farm. He hopes that this will show his parents that they can't keep him trapped there, but when his dad is hospitalised he finally sees it's time to grow up.

  • Series 5 Episode 5

    Nick is the star of the school - on the surface he seems to have everything. But Matty's reappearance has unsettled him and as he watches Matty slip effortlessly into new friendships, old wounds are re-opened.

    Nick realises that everything he thought he wanted - the approval of his father and the rugby success - is crushing him.

  • Series 5 Episode 4

    Mini befriends the gang in order to isolate Liv, who is still having a scene with Nick. Liv then hooks up with a guy called Matty and they spend some time escaping reality. But when Liv finally tells Mini about her affair, their friendship changes forever.

  • Series 5 Episode 3

    Mini is feeling under threat when Grace brings Franky to the charity fashion show - she ends up sacking them both.

    Despite appearances, Mini's relationship with Nick is also rocky. While Mini struggles to maintain control, Liv acts in the worst way possible.

  • Series 5 Episode 2

    Rich uses his taste in extreme music to keep the world, and especially girls, at bay. But when Alo finds Rich the perfect woman, he is forced into pairing up with Grace to learn how to chat up girls.

    Grace has to learn the ways of metal in order to impersonate a metal chick, but Rich doesn't make it easy, refusing to believe a mainstream girl could understand him.

    Eventually Rich appreciates the meaning of compromise and allows Grace into his world, but heartbreak isn't far away...

  • Series 5 Episode 1

    Franky starts at Roundview and is determined not to be a loner. Things seem to be going well until she accidentally challenges Mini's position as queen bee, and when she doesn't conform to Mini's expectations, she's spat out.

    Franky then meets Matty, who understands and empowers her, giving her the strength to stand up to Mini. Grace admires Franky, and a new gang is formed, with Alo, Rich and Grace.

    Franky has finally found friends, but in doing so has started a war with Mini.

  • Series 4 Episode 8

    The domestic situation at Naomi's has come to a head. Everyone begin to congregate in the house and the showdowns begin as the teenagers meet the adult world in a head-on collision.

  • Series 4 Episode 7

    Effy has been receiving treatment at a psychiatric hospital, but with the help of Anthea and her counsellor John, she feels strong enough to return home. She is worried, but assured that so long as she is disciplined she will be ok. Her life is now dictated by routine and self-control. Anthea has cleared her room so there's no evidence of her old life. Feeling strong and hopeful about the future, Effy goes to visit Freddie and tries to pick up where they left off, but it's not that easy now that she has to live a life by the strict routines she has set herself. Freddie and Anthea become concerned about Effy, she's stronger and more self-assured than she's ever been, but something isn't right.

  • Series 4 Episode 6

    JJ has a part-time job with Thomas in a confectionery wholesalers where he has fallen in love with beautiful fellow cashier Lara. He sets about planning to get a date with her, but catching her eye is not as easy as he thought. What's worse is that some of his friends don't think he's up to it, and to his horror, his mum and his doctor agree with them. Cook comes to the rescue - full of advice on how to handle the opposite sex. JJ sets forth only to discover that there are many more hurdles than he could ever have expected. Is he up to the challenge?

  • Series 4 Episode 5

    Freddie is completely wrapped up in Effy, and with Anthea away, the Stonem house has become their private world. But their hedonistic lifestyle is having an impact on Freddie's coursework and when he voices his concerns to Effy it ends in a fight.

    Is this just a spat or is there something deeper wrong with their relationship? After an argument with his dad, Freddie turns to his grandfather Norman for advice.

  • Series 4 Episode 4

    Katie has barely seen Emily since she walked out on the family to live with Naomi. Katie's mother Jenna is now the sole breadwinner with her new wedding planning business. Katie is trying to help her mum organise a client's ghastly over the top WAG wedding, but relationship problems are preoccupying Katie and things go horribly wrong. In desperation she turns to Emily for help, but things only get worse.

  • Series 4 Episode 3

    After previously 'losing it' at the party, Cook is up on a charge of GBH but insists on pleading "not guilty" much to the frustration of his world-weary lawyer Duncan. He's granted bail, but given an electronic tagging order and curfew that applies to him residing with his mother in her mansion.

    At the house, he is reunited with his younger half-brother Paddy whose nihilistic attitude and run-in with the police disturbs Cook who begins to realise the example he's set is not so funny anymore.

    When Cook swaggers into college, he is expelled on the spot for his brush with the law. He is further humiliated by the intimacy he witnesses between Freddie and Effy. Feeling shunned by everyone, he finally sees that his actions are his responsibility. He confides in Naomi and confesses to the police about selling MDMA to Sophia.

    Effy comes to visit Cook in the Young Offenders Institution the day before the trial to reveal her true feelings - but is it Freddie or Cook that she really loves?

  • Series 4 Episode 2

    Emily and Naomi are back at Roundview and seem as loved-up as ever. When the police turn up, they are both called in to be interviewed. Their names were listed by the family as close friends of Sophia's, even though Emily knows they'd never met her.

    Emily learns that Naomi was dealing pills with Cook in the club that night and sold one to Sophia. Behind Naomi's back, Emily visits Sophia's family as she needs to know why the family had their names. She discovers that the dead girl claimed to be best friends with Naomi and Emily. Whilst looking around Sophia's bedroom Emily secretly pockets a key. Effy's return has drawn a line under Cook and Freddie's joint denial-fest. Though they keep their distance from Effy at first, Cook later sees Effy and Freddie get together. In haste he lashes out - assaulting a random party-goer - and gets nicked. Emily realises that the key she found is for Sophia's locker and inside she finds a shrine to Naomi. Was Sophia some kind of Naomi stalker?

  • Series 4 Episode 1

    The gang are having a great time at one of Thomas's club nights until an accident leaves him feeling responsible. Shocked into questioning his role within society and feeling alienated from his peers, he turns to God and the African community and, in doing so, isolates everyone around him.

  • Series 3 Episode 10

    Cook and Effy are in self-imposed exile: they've gone to stay with Cook's father. Back in Bristol, JJ is trying to snap Freddie out of his depressed stupour.

  • Series 3 Episode 9

    Katie won't leave the house. Fortunately, Emily is able to disguise herself as her sister, and sits an exam on her behalf.

  • Series 3 Episode 8

    Katie is making the most of the fact that she's replaced Effy as Queen Bee, but invites Effy to a party in the woods, where the gang come across some scary poachers.

  • Series 3 Episode 6

    Naomi thinks she has the world worked out, and puts people into pigeonholes: her hippy mum, guest star Olivia Colman; adoring Emily; Cook's insulting misogyny; and the flattery of her politics teacher Kieron, Ardal O'Hanlon.

  • Series 3 Episode 5

    Freddie is the black sheep of his family, and seen as a waste of space. If this wasn't bad enough, living in the shadow of the reckless Cook is doing his head in.

  • Series 3 Episode 4

    Katie uses 'special ingredients' to make chocolate brownies for Pandora's party, but doesn't warn Pandora or her mum, Sally Phillips, who indulges in the choccie treats.

  • Series 3 Episode 3

    Thomas arrives from Congo, alone, penniless and homeless. But a chance meeting with Effy and Pandora puts him right.

  • Series 3 Episode 2

    On Cook's 17th birthday, the gang flirt their way into Karen's friend Kayleigh's engagement party, upsetting Kayleigh's gangster dad, guest star Mackenzie Crook.

  • Series 3 Episode 1

    The beautiful and elusive Effy is joined by her kooky best friend, Pandora. The guys are led by the irrepressible and irresponsible Cook, the daring and charismatic leader of the gang.

  • Series 2 Episode 10

    It's the day of the A-level results, and also of Chris's funeral. The gang have made a pact not to look at their grades until after they've said goodbye to Chris.

  • Series 2 Episode 9

    Cassie and Sid are back together, Chris is on the mend, Michelle and Tony are back with each other and A-level exams are finally over.

  • Series 2 Episode 8

    Jal has a secret so big she can't tell anyone until she works out what the hell she's going to do about it. But Spanish A-level revision, music school auditions and needy best friends are pressing down on her, and all the time the 'secret' is starting to leak out.

  • Series 2 Episode 7

    What is it about Effy? The mystery girl has had a lot to deal with. The Stonem family home is in disarray: while Dad is working abroad, Mum is away with the fairies and Tony is moping.

  • Series 2 Episode 6

    Tony's world is a strange one. Isolated, alone, he is desperate to find the way back to himself. Since the accident he lives in a world of half understood dreams. He tries to act normal, but bumping into Sid and Michelle at a club sends him spiralling again.

  • Series 2 Episode 5

    Chris's college career has been a long road full of tribulations: drugs, petty theft, non-attendance and resounding failure. So when the CCTV cameras catch him shagging Buck Tooth in the Science corridor, the College Director calls time.

  • Series 2 Episode 4

    Michelle is horrified when her manipulative stepsister Scarlett starts to invade her social group, offer unwanted advice about Tony and make romantic moves on an emotionally vulnerable Sid.

  • Series 2 Episode 3

    Sid's mood is not improved when his grandad, a notorious Glaswegian hard bastard arrives, dying of cancer, to say his final goodbyes.

  • Series 2 Episode 2

    Maxxie has this creepy feeling someone is watching him. Someone close by. A hot boy maybe? No such luck. Weird loner Sketch is Maxxie's stalker.

  • Series 2 Episode 1

    Maxxie is looking after Tony, but he has his own problems. He desperately wants to leave college and follow his dream to become a dancer, but his dad Walter, Bill Bailey, is giving him hell about it.

  • Series 1 Episode 9

    It's Anwar's birthday, but no-one's in the mood to celebrate. Scores need to be settled. And settled they are, with some unexpected yet dangerously wonderful consequences.

  • Series 1 Episode 8

    Has nobody noticed that Tony's little sister Effy never utters a word and sneaks out of the house at night? Tony has. And Tony doesn't give a damn about anybody or anything, except his little sister.

  • Series 1 Episode 7

    Time's up for Tony; Michelle's had enough. When a shining knight appears on the horizon with the promise of a happy ending, she jumps right in. But Tony's not about to let her go that easily.

  • Series 1 Episode 6

    Maxxie and Anwar's friendship is tested when they go on the most disastrous school trip ever. Surely an entire A level history class can't get deported from Russia, can they?

  • Series 1 Episode 5

    Sid is in trouble. Deep trouble. His coursework hasn't made the grade, he's as sexually frustrated as ever, and he can't get his best mate's girl, Michelle, out of his head.

  • Series 1 Episode 4

    Happy-go-lucky party animal Chris wakes up to a hangover, and a note from his mum saying she's gone away. There's only one thing to do at a time like this - party some more!

  • Series 1 Episode 3

    Jal tries to find time to rehearse for Young Musician of the Year, but what's the point when your family don't even notice? Meanwhile, Sid's got his own problems.

  • Series 1 Episode 2

    Cassie's family and friends are too wrapped up in their own worlds to notice that she's not eating. But there is someone who cares.

  • Series 1 Episode 1

    The messy lives, loves, delirious highs and inevitable lows of a group of raucous teenage friends...

  • Series 3 Episode 7

    JJ's feeling lost and confused. The conflict within the gang has taken its toll on him. But Emily proves to be a true friend in his hour of need.

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Irreverent comedy drama from the makers of Shameless, which follows the messy lives, loves, delirious highs and inevitable lows of a group of raucous teenage friends in Bristol

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