Characters• Tony: Arrogant, cocky, popular, choir boy• Michelle: Represented as just a girlfriend, wasn’t shown as independent• Sid: Loser, virgin, the runner (given jobs e.g. drugs)• Chris: Hard man, yet a bit soft, easy to pick on.• Cassie: Quite, slightly weird, everyone likes her.• Jal: Like Cassie she’s quite, plays the clarinet, intelligent.• Maxxie: He’s gay, tap dances.• Anwar: The religious one out of the group but has a rebellious side.
Narrative• First episode, introduces all characters, full on, basic storyline as it tries to show every character.• There are many stereotypes used, making it easier to understand characters, for example: gay couple in the pub and the posh girls, through clothing, accents and houses.
Subverting Stereotypes• Adults acting childish. For example: The women across the road undressing. Tonys Dad, shouting and swearing. Angie (teacher) very emotional, relies on students.• Other representations, French Teacher, strict, judgmental, and stuck up, wanted respect.
Social Class• Clear divide between public and state schools. Through buildings, people, language etc.• Posh people, very well spoken, nice clothes, big house, nice cars and very adult views.• Other teenagers conveyed as, thuggish (starting fights), rebellious, bringing drink and drugs, stealing car, shown as outcasts against higher classes.
Typical Characters• The couple: Tony and Michelle• The weird one: Cassy• The loser: Sid• The gay one: Maxxie• The religious one: Anwar• Druggie: Chris
Construction• Skins is a construction of reality, taking aspects of teenage life, but over exaggerating and stretching normality.• Similarities: Parties, Drinking, Drugs, Friends, relationships (social and sexual).• Differences: Stolen car, then the Car in the river (bit exaggerated), Cassie passing out then waking up again as though nothing was wrong.
Conclusion• Friendship group is a reflection of reality, shows relationships e.g. Love triangle between Sid, Michelle and Tony.• A bit over the top, and exaggerated in some parts, this is a construction of reality, however most teenagers will be able to relate and understand the storyline.