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British Tv Drama

This is a British TV drama about a group of teenagers going through life’s ups and downs. I used to watch it a teenager, but never finished it as I am hopeless at keeping up to date with TV and there wasn’t iplayer back then, so once you missed it, you missed it. I tried to find it gain a couple of years ago on Youtube, but only the first 2 series were on there. I am off work recovering from knee surgery, so I had another look and found all 4 series. Thats how I have spent my time.

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It is a great show and really gritty, dealing with difficult subjects that weren’t covered before. There is humour to it as well, so it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s filmed using many different techniques and it’s not afraid of being weird. Weird is good, no not good, GREAT!! Each episode is filmed from the point of view of each person. The characters are all in their late teens going through love, college, stress, fun, drinks and trying to work things out.

jamie collierWe have Jamie who is the group clown ,with a heart of gold, who makes mistake after mistake, loves deeply and loyally, but is always there when needed.

sooz 1 sooz 2There is Sooz who is best friends with Jamie who is an art student, full of self doubt and has bouts of depression. She is different to the rest and wants to be different, but doesn’t know why? Or how? She is pretty mixed up, but her friendship with Jamie although has it’s ups and downs remains steadfast. She is my fave character and it was brilliant that depression was covered because it’s major issue and sadly a killer.

alexThere is Alex who is gay and has always known it. His friends have known for a long time, without issue, but his parents have no idea. He struggles to hold down relationships, but is the voice of reason for many, pointing out what they should do when they get into a mess, which they often do.

nikkiNikki is the rich kid, posh girl who is a complete mess. She has issues with her parents and sleeps with anyone and everyone. She never quite gets a relationship together until the end. Her relationship with Sasha is tempestuous and leads to many bust ups.

sashaSasha is the brat of the clan and will trample on everyone to get her way. She is materialistic and vain. She can be your friend one minute when she needs you, but drop you when it suits. She never really does improve although there are brief moments of humanity.

robRob is probably the weakest character and is a bit wishy-washy when it comes to women, he doesn’t know what he wants? When he has it, he messes it up. He has a bad relationship with his father which often turns out violent. This makes the struggle to build a relationship, that much harder.

The series covers topics like depression, suicide, drugs, debt, affairs, abuse. Would you see a group of people like this in real life? Maybe? I don’t have friends like that. This is a TV program that wants to send out a message, which means that a small group have to go through a lot of turmoil and happiness to get the message across. It does this brilliantly and I think there should be more shows like this now. Maybe there are? There are lots of tears, smiles, laughs throughout. The acting is brilliant although this group haven’t really gone on to do much more. You don’t have to be a teenager to enjoy it because as an adult the same problems exist.

The way it is filmed is original and I love the way each character has there say as if they are talking to you from the screen. I think people going through the same problems would have a character to relate to. I’m not sure if it is on dvd? But I would love to get it.

9/10

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