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E4 has decide to end its groundbreaking teen drama Skins next year. The series, however, will go out with a bang – its seventh season will consist of three two-hour specials that are slated to screen next year and bring back several former cast members, in what Channel 4 is promising will be a “celebration of a truly iconic series.”
Created by the father-and-son writing team of Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain, Skins’ first season aired in 2007 and the show received both critical acclaim and complaints for its dedication to realistically depicting the issues facing modern teens, including family problems, sexuality, drugs, eating disorders, mental illness, death and, of course, loads of relationship drama. The cast was also regularly changed from series to series.
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"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 told the The Guardian.
Reports indicate that Nicholas Hoult (Tony), Kaya Scodelario (Effy) and Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel (Anwar) are among the former Skins stars who will likely return to help bid the series farewell. (Please, please, please, can we see Hannah Murray (Cassie) again? Please?) It’s unclear what cast members from the current series will be part of these final Skins films, but the Evening Standard also mentions that Dakota Blue Richards (Franky) Sebastian de Souza (Matty) will be involved. I can only hope that somehow they’ll at least involve Freya Mavor (Mini) as well in some way, as she’s probably the strongest actress in the current cast.
I’m sad about this news – but personally would rather Skins go out on its own terms while it’s still a good show than stick around past its expiration date. It’s lovely that the network, producers and cast are all willing to do one last hurrah for a series that’s beloved by so many in order to give it a proper sendoff and provide some closure for all the characters we’ve come to love over the past five years. And, well, if they finally let me know whether Sid found Cassie again in New York before everything’s all over, I’ll be a happy camper.