Trivia / Skins

  • Actor Allusion: In Season 2, episode 2 Anwar recites Hugh Grant's filmography since 1992 during sex so he'll last longer. Upon finishing, he says that he never can make it to "About a Boy," the 2002 film starring Nicholas Hoult.
    • And there's even one with the guest stars.
      T Love (Will Young): Don't you think you should be leaving?
      Freddie: Right now?
      • (For those who don't get it, Leave Right Now is probably Will Young's most successful song.)
      • Also, in Chris' episode he says: "Piss on a cloth.... Works better than clearasil.' Ironically, he continued to advertise for Clearasil after Skins.
  • The Danza: Josie Long playing Chris' career counsellor Josie.
    • Humorously averted with the Fitches. Katherine Prescott plays Emily while Megan Prescott plays Katie.
  • Dawson Casting: Averted with the main cast. Played (justifiably) straight in series 6 with Poppy, the 14-year-old Alo has sex with without realising she's underage, who's played by a 19-year-old.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Harry Enfield directed two episodes of series 2. Daniel Kaluuya, aka "Posh Kenneth," also wrote Jal's S2 episode and Thomas's S3 episode.
  • Enforced Method Acting: When JJ blows fire in his S3 episode, when he's in the shed with Freddie, Effy and Cook. While Ollie Barbieri was learning the trick, Luke, Kaya and Jack were put under the impression that the fire would be added in with special effects, so their shock when it happened was completely genuine.
  • Fake Nationality: The Polish student from the pilot episode. It's obvious from even from her pretty much "niezrozumiale" (incomprehensible) "Ostatnio! Prawdziwa chłop przybywa." that Polish is not the first language of the actress. Judging from her actual skill (Or So I Heard) in Italian, it's not her second either.
  • Fan Nickname: Sorry Mandy but being the threat to the Naomily ship has earned you the unflattering name of "Giant-Not-Naomi".
    • And after a stroppy Merveille Lukeba (Thomas) tweeted about "the nation's favourite lesbian couple", it became a nickname for Naomily the fans were only too happy to pick up.
      • Some fans also use "DJ Merv" as a sarcastic nickname for him — his big ego has not made him particularly well liked within fandom.
    • Alo, Rich, Grace and Franky are called the Fab Four.
    • The Triangle of Doom - referring to the second generation's love triangle of Freddie/Effy/Cook.
    • In a similar vein, the Franky/Matty/Liv triangle in generation 3 has been nicknamed "FML", for the characters' initials and most fans' reaction to it.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: If you want to see the original uncut episodes, yeah. Due to music costs, the dvds cut all the licensed music. This includes replacing Tony's singing On The Street Where you live with an original song, and completely removing the climactic Wild World music finale of series one. A petition for the original music is underway at: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/region-1-dvd-box-set-of-skins-generation-1-uk/
  • Lying Creator:
    • Matty DOES have ties to a character in Season 5, Nick (his brother).
    • The writers said in an interview toward the beginning of S3 that Naomi was not gay.
    • Many lesbian fans saw all the hyping of Tea as a super-confident lesbian, after she started sleeping with Tony, repeatedly, as this trope.
    • Jamie Brittain said that the pattern of having a kind of light season followed by a Darker and Edgier season wouldn't happen for Generation 3. S6 is probably the darkest season yet, with a main character in a coma as of the first episode, and dying in the second, a character that ran away and is wanted by the cops, a pregnant girl who really doesn't know what to do and can't even admit to herself that she's pregnant, problems with Russian mafia, and most of the characters being troubled psychologicaly by grief. And from what we've seen from the previews, it's not going better to be better in the last 2 episodes. It doesn't.
  • Name's the Same: The second generation featured a James Cook and a Naomi Campbell. The latter is briefly given a little Lampshade Hanging when she becomes angry on her first appearance on the show. Averted in Real Life in that the twin who played Katie was Megan Prescott, rather than her sister, Kathryn, who played Emily.
  • Reality Subtext: Ironically, while at the end of series 2, Anwar is the only member of the main cast who isn't 'going somewhere' with his life—but immediately after leaving the show, Dev Patel was cast as the lead in Slumdog Millionaire. Not bad.
  • Screwed by the Network: E4 cut the budget for series 4, resulting in there only being eight episodes. For nine characters. Series 5 was also limited to eight episodes, although at least the creators were prepared that time. It was fixed with the upcoming Series 6, which has been confirmed for ten episodes.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: The US version almost had this, when Moral Guardians started asserting that the show violated child pornography laws and threatened to get law enforcement involved. The show didn't actually violate any laws, though, so all it resulted in was the loss of some gullible advertisers. Enough, however, for MTV to cancel the series, so they won.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Had S4 had the full 9-10 episodes instead of getting Screwed by the Network, Pandora and Naomi would have had their own episodes. In fact, the finale was initially planned to be all Naomi's, but because of the shorter season they had to use it to wrap up some other storylines, too.
    • Even among those who didn't like the U.S. remake, many are upset over the show's cancellation simply because they wanted to see how much or how little the second season would diverge from its British counterpart. Particularly of interest is how Elsley was planning to redeem the Tony/Tea/Betty triangle from its Relationship Writing Fumble in the first season.
    • A lot of fans of the British version are wishing it because of how Elsley's return changed the plan for Series 6. Especially lesbian viewers, since Brittain had promised to develop Mini's sexuality more in S6, and fans of Grace or her relationship with Rich, as she probably would not have died since Brittain had said he was planning to abandon the previous generations' "rise and fall" pattern.
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