E4 and Company Pictures announce the return of its multi-award winning teen drama Skins for a new series.
Series seven will mark a departure in style with former stars Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones), Jack O’Connell (300: Rise of an Empire) and Kaya Scodelario (Wuthering Heights) returning to the roles which shaped their careers in three individual stories, each one broadcast in two, one hour parts.
The three stories will have distinct titles: ‘Skins Pure‘ (Cassie), ‘Skins Rise‘ (Cook) and ‘Skins Fire‘ (Effy). Lily Loveless (Naomi) and Kat Prescott (Emily) will also appear in guest roles. Written by series creators Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain with Jess Brittain, Season 7 goes into new territory; more adult, more uncompromising.
Each two part story centres on the characters now in their early twenties, the party’s over and they’re starting out as young adults, struggling to find a direction and a focus in unforgiving times.
Bryan Elsley, co-creator said; “I am delighted that three emblematic actors, currently embarking on successful movie careers are returning to E4 and Skins. They will play their iconic characters as they emerge into adulthood, and bring new challenging stories of young adults, grappling with life in Cameron’s Britain, to vivid and entertaining focus.”
Sophie Gardiner, Commissioning Editor of Channel 4 Drama added; “Always innovative, always truthful, Skins is a show that defined a generation. That generation is growing up. Skins seven catches up with our characters as they continue in their path to adulthood, finding out who they are going to be, and who their friends really are. The new direction that Bryan and Jamie have taken Skins will thrill and entertain fans as they negotiate the surprises that life throws at you when you’re just starting out. I can’t wait to see some of Skins’ most loved and memorable characters back on E4.”
‘Skins Pure’ by Bryan Elsley Cassie (Hannah Murray) is adrift, alone and invisible in London, trying to make sense of her life. Slowly she realises that someone is following her. Cassie turns towards the unknown. A strange and poignant friendship is carved out of mutual loneliness, but can it survive exposure to the real world?
‘Skins Rise’ by Jamie Brittain Cook (Jack O’Connell) has a job delivering drugs to Manchester Revellers. When he is asked to help his employer’s girlfriend find a house and finds that he is irresistibly attracted to her, he sets off a train of events which will lead him into a world of savage revenge and a confrontation with his own violent past.
‘Skins Fire’ by Jess Brittain Effy (Kaya Scodelario) has a dead end job as a receptionist for a leading London Hedge Fund. But as she stumbles across crucial financial information relating to a troubled deal and embarks on an affair with her wealthy boss, she finds out that she has bitten off more than she can chew. Her flatmate Naomi (Lily Loveless) tries to stop Effy from ruining her life, but Effy cannot be reached; until tragedy strikes.
Executive producers are Bryan Elsley, Charlie Pattinson and George Faber, with Chris Clough as Producer. Directors are Paul Gay, Jack Clough and Charles Martin.
The new series will shoot in Manchester and London from October to January to transmit in July on E4.