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First Look: "Skins" Season Three

Already missing British teen series Skins, which wrapped its US run last month?

Fret not, readers, as I have a first look at Season Three of Skins, launching in the UK on E4 this month and later this spring on BBC America. (UPDATE: You can read my advance review of the third season premiere here.)

Season Three of Skins introduces a whole new cast, in addition to Kaya Scodelario's Effy Stonem, Tony's younger sister memorably introduced in Season One, and new friend Pandora (Lisa Backwell). Joining the cast of Skins for the third season: Jack O’Connell (This Is England), Luke Pasqualino, Ollie Barbieri, Megan Prescott, Kathryn Prescott, Lily Loveless, and Merveille Lukeba.

While I previously reported some casting announcements for Season Three of Skins, I received the official press release from UK network E4 this morning, along with some images of the new cast.



And, oh, did I mention I also received and the official trailer for Season Three? You can view the new promo, which promises even more Bristol-based mirth and mayhem, in full after the jump. (Be sure to watch in full screen format.)



The full press release, announcing the return of Skins to E4, can be found below.

Skins returns…

E4’s home-grown drama series is coming back in January, but with just two of the original cast returning Skins 3 introduces a gang of new faces.

“We're very excited about series three of Skins and feel that our new cast are shining in roles, stories and characters which have been created by young people to a greater extent than ever before,” said executive producer Bryan Elsley.

The Class of 2009 is headed up by the beautiful and elusive EFFY (Kaya Scodelario), returning as the new queen bee. She’s joined by sweet and kooky best-friend, PANDORA (Lisa Backwell) who keeps the gang together.

The guys are led by the irrepressible and irresponsible COOK (Jack O’Connell - This is England, Eden Lake) a daring and charismatic leader of the gang. His best mates are FREDDIE (Luke Pasqualino) who’s the skateboarding, weed-smoking ‘cool’ one, and JJ aka Jonah Jeremiah Jones (Ollie Barbieri), the master illusionist.

The twins KATIE (Megan Prescott) and EMILY (Kathryn Prescott) are pulling in different directions. One wanting to shed her twin and gain status, the other hanging on, crippled by shyness. Completing the girls is passionate, political and principled NAOMI (Lily Loveless). Finally, THOMAS (Merveille Lukeba), good and honest, he travels from the Congo to set up home for his family, and has to find his feet in a new and strange country.

Together the gang bond as they fall in and out of love and lust, fight one another, compete against each another, and also unite as one.

Series 3 will see guest stars Harry Enfield and Morwenna Banks return as the Stonem parents, alongside new guest appearances from Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, and actors Mackenzie Crook, Sally Phillips and Geoffrey Hughes.

The ten brand new episodes are written by a young British writing team, headed up by Executive Producer Bryan Elsley. Chris Clough is series producer, while series 3 is directed by Charles Martin and Simon Massey. Skins is made by Company Pictures and commissioned by Camilla Campbell for E4/Channel 4.

Stay tuned.

Comments

joy said…
Scary how the new crop got younger. Funny how I like watching them on my TV, but if they seriously showed up at a bar here in NY, I'd totally walk out the door. :-)

I kindasorta can't wait.
Anonymous said…
It's amazing how the season or should I say series 3 cast and trailer make the previous series seem so tame! I too can't wait.
Anonymous said…
Wow. Great promo. I love Effy with the fire extinguisher. I can't wait!
Dani In NC said…
I wasn't interested in series 3 at first because Effy didn't seem like she could carry the leadership of a new group. We saw her running things in one episode but it was in a more quiet, behind-the-scenes way. However, the trailer does intrigue me. I may give it a shot.
Anonymous said…
first epoisode last night was good but cringeworthy in places, i think (as an irish 18 year old) the writers have tried to americanise it for the crowd watching in the states and the whole skateboarding thing is cringeworthy and cliched. i have hope though,just hope they dont dumb it down for the yanks and stay true to what it is, this is how our generation lives over here and thats what made this fuckin show! i be in the US reguarly and rust me "teenager" means nothing over there lmao, seriously they cant get served drink or naything the right wing bible lovein idiots, look forward to next weeks ep- just keep it real lol
Anonymous said…
Skins is an amazing tv program but series 3 is a real disapointment with the music. Series 1 and 2 had some amazing tracks especially from Fat Segal with his dubstep track and when they used to use Sigur ros - Gobbledigook for the title sequence. Ive watched up to episode 6 of serious 3 and so far nothing exciting, they even play Bon Jovi and ac/dc in the same episode. BLEH.and akon in Pandas sex scene. it kills me on the inside.

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