One Minute (and a bit) Review: Skins trailer


I managed about two and a half minutes of the previous series of Skins. It was hyped to the point where the viewer was led to expect Wim Wenders levels of production and cinematography. What you actually got was a budget version of Hollyoaks, except – ooooh, edgy – the kids occasionally talked unconvincingly about drugs and sex. Call me a stuck-in-the-past bore, but even as a kid I think I would have hated it, considered it unrealistic shit and followed up this thought process by yelling at my parents and drinking Cinzano in a shed.

So now series number two is upon us and even those of us who don’t watch it have to endure the fucking advert being replayed over and over and over and over and over again during every commercial break.

The Radiohead song that accompanys the trailer is quite classy. The first time. By the fifteenth it’s the sound of a cat being castrated over a spit. The visuals feature nubile lovelies of both genders wandering around a party in a confused state, presumably on drug-related comedowns in the early hours. One of them, that little boob from About a Boy, appears to be dead in a bath. Lots of girls make out with each other. Water drips from the ceiling. It is a hedonistic vision of glamourous decadence.

Problem is – these are little teenagers. Perhaps this’d work if we were talking about supermodels, rock bands or coke-dealers, but we’re actually dealing with little shits whose pocket money would probably stretch to one bottle of exhibition cider rather than a bag of the best pills known to man. In reality, they wouldn’t be kissing and making out and staring at the ceiling in blissed out confusion, they’d be dry-humping, puking into their own laps and smashing windows for a laugh. It is – frankly – bollocks. Only a Grange Hill boxset, an injection of hardcore realism, can save us now.

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25 Responses to “One Minute (and a bit) Review: Skins trailer”

  1. piqued Says:



  2. Swineshead Says:

    Have you been possessed by a member of the public?

  3. piqued Says:

    *coughs up big mac*

  4. Rosszszsss Says:


    I can’t wait for series two…

  5. Swineshead Says:

    It’s all yours when it starts, my eyes bleed after 5 minutes of it…

  6. Clarys Says:

    Amazingly, I’ve avoided the full length trailer for it, and I keep managing to only see the fucking poncy ballerina do some fancy moves down a corridor. Which, having not ever watched Skins, makes no sense.

    All looks a little try hard to me.

    Ah, give me Hollyoaks any day.

  7. Rosszszsss Says:

    WOO HOO!!!!11!!!

  8. John Q Wagonwheel Says:

    Not exactly Ken Loach is it? Where are the fat kids and the people having to get home early because they forgot their keys?

  9. flotsky Says:

    You’re so wrong about Skins it hurts. You really needed to watch at least the first episode, maybe a couple to get it. It really isn’t Hollyoaks at all, it is immensely superior, one of the best drama series of last year in the UK. Extremely funny. The original trailer for the first series was a horrific mistake that put a whole swathe of people over about 21 off it. I’m somewhat over that age and loved it, and suggest you go back and give it a proper chance as a reviewer of tv rather than of tv trailers.

  10. Swineshead Says:

    Incorrect, Flotsky – I’m not wrong, I just have a different stance on it to you.
    The honest truth was, I saw more than 5 minutes of it, I saw the whole first episode. It was tame, turgid crap. But my opinion is worth about two shiny shits, so who cares?

  11. Clarys Says:

    Isn’t the problem that the trailer makes it out to be something it blatently isn’t, Flotsky? It pitches waaaaaaay above it’s weight, giving the illusion of beautiful, crafted, though provoking drama. When it’s not.

    I wasn’t comparing Hollyoaks to Skins, merely that of the drama-ish programmes directed at teens to 25’s on Channel 4, I prefer Hollyoaks. It’s pretty honest about what it is (shit) but it’s all the better for it.

    I did watch a few episodes of Skins, didn’t enjoy it, and thus didn’t bother any more. You like it, fair enough, doesn’t mean we have to love it too.

  12. flotsky Says:

    Personally, I thought the new trailer was taking the piss out of the first series trailer. On a massive budget mind, apparently the first one was the most expensive 45 seconds of trailer ever filmed for UK tv. Which seeing as it annoyed most people one way or another, can’t have been a good thing.

    Fair enough if you did watch more and didn’t like it, just looked like from what you had written that you had dismissed it on the basis of the trailer. I knew a few people who did exactly that, and changed their minds after being persuaded to watch more.

  13. roszs Says:

    Yay to flotsky! Keep an eye on this blog as I shall soon be starting my Skins Series 2 reviews, as it is ACE and everyone who says different is obviously like well ancient and square, yeah?

    I fancy Chris Skins the most.

  14. Swineshead Says:

    ‘Even take the skin off chicken, sir!’

    Name that film for one pound in new money.

  15. roszs Says:

    Point Break.

    I am not proud that I know that.

  16. Swineshead Says:

    I owe you one pound quid.

  17. Swineshead Says:

    Ok – here’s another.
    How did This Is England closely echo Point Break?

  18. roszs Says:





  19. Swineshead Says:

    They both feature a final scene of protagonist throwing symbolic emblem of past INTO THE SEA.

    *throws WWM into the sea*

  20. roszs Says:



  21. Scott Says:

    Love the Series 2 trailer. Loved Series 1. And can’t wait for it to start again!

    Would post more, but I have to go to work.

  22. Napoleon Cockaparte Says:

    Never seen it. I’d rather drink line cleaner, frankly. Fuck Skins, fuck it. You should all be made to drink line cleaner.

  23. Thomas Says:

    Having read your article I have decided you are officially behind the times, as declared by me.
    I am the same age bracket as these kids and I got past puking in my lap when I was 14-15
    Kids have plenty of money since they don’t need to pay tax, rent etc (generally)
    There is nothing completely unrealistic about the plots in that I could give you an example of any isolated incident that has happened in skins happening in relation to someone I know, ranging from teen pregnancies, to drug taking, to premature death.

  24. Swineshead Says:

    Thomas: You are boring.

  25. Heartburn Home Remedy Says:

    If you ever want to hear a reader’s feedback 🙂 , I rate this post for 4/5. Detailed info, but I have to go to that damn msn to find the missed parts. Thank you, anyway!

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