Principal photography begins today on the new 10 x 60″ sixth series of Skins (July 21, 2011)

E4’s multi BAFTA award-winning drama Skins launches into a sixth series.

The gang returns in style, burning their way through a new term at Roundview as new friendships, secret relationships and sexual awakening complicate their already messy lives.

Caught between past and present, the bonds between them are tested as they learn what it really means to be a friend, a lover, an adult.

Camilla Campbell, Channel 4 Head of Drama says, “I am delighted that the sixth series of Skins is now underway. Having set up this new set of characters in the previous series, we can now go into more depth as to where their stories take us. With moral ambiguity, high drama, as well as a strong dose of comedy, Skins six will not disappoint.”

John Griffin, Executive Producer added, “We’re hugely excited about the fantastic mix of writers we have for Skins this year, some of whom are first time screen writers. They‘ve spent the past few months developing exciting and challenging stories for our characters and as filming gets underway we’re all very excited to see them realised onto to the screen.”

Series six will continue to be written by a unique team of young British writers and teen contributors. Danny Brocklehurst (Shameless, Exile) joins the writing team along with Jack Lothian (Ashes to Ashes, Beaver Falls), Skins novelist Jess Brittain and new young writer Laura Hunter. Directors confirmed are Jack Clough and Oscar nominated director Ian Barns (Wish 143).

The new series is produced by Toby Welsh and Neil Duncan and executive produced by John Griffin, Charlie Pattinson, George Faber with series creator Bryan Elsley. The 10 episode series will shoot in Bristol from July to December to transmit early 2012 on E4.

Skins is made by Company Pictures and Stormdog Films for E4.

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10:00pm Thursday, March 3 on E4

Alo is fed up of his boring life on Creevey Farm so he goes to the city to seriously party and try and get laid.

Skins 5/8

10:00pm Thursday, February 24 on E4

Nick is the star of the school – on the surface he seems to have everything. But Matty’s reappearance has unsettled him and as he watches Matty slip effortlessly into new friendships, old wounds are re-opened.

Skins 4/8

10:00pm Thursday, February 17 on E4

Mini befriends the gang in order to isolate Liv, who is still having a scene with Nick.

Skins 3/8

10:00pm Thursday, February 10 on E4

Mini is feeling under threat when Grace brings Franky to the charity fashion show and she ends up sacking them both.

10:00pm Thursday, February 3 on E4

Rich uses his taste in extreme music to keep the world, especially girls, at bay.

10:00pm Thursday, January 27 on E4

The award-winning drama is back for a fifth series following the lives of eight teenagers in Bristol. There are eight new friends, four boys: Nick ( Sean Teale), Rich ( Alexander Arnold), Alo ( Will Merrick), Matty (Sebastian De Souza) and four girls: Franky ( Dakota Blue Richards), Liv (Laya Lewis), Mini (Freya Mavor) and Grace (Jessica Sula) .

Skins 3/8

11:40pm Sunday, October 10 on E4

After losing it at the party, Cook (Jack O’Connell) is up on a charge of GBH but insists on pleading not guilty, much to the frustration of his world-weary lawyer Duncan (Paul Kaye).

Skins 4/8

12:45am Sunday, October 10 on E4

Katie (Megan Prescott ) has barely seen Emily (Kathryn Prescott ) since she walked out on the family to live with Naomi (Lily Loveless).

Skins creator Bryan Elsley has been forced to defend a change to the upcoming US version of the teen series.

Unlike the British original, the character of Maxxie, played by Mitch Hewer, will not be a gay male but a lesbian character called Tea to be played by Sophia Black D’Elia.

“I understand the concerns [about the change],” Elsley said, “And I know that everyone loved Mitch. Skins is always cast from the kids that I have available. In other words, there’s a big open audition and the characters always emerge from what is there in front of me.”

Elsley explained that he had not found a male actor suitable enough for the US’s equivalent Maxxie character.

“I couldn’t find a kid who could bring the same tenor to the performance,” he claimed. “And I’d met Sofia and I started to think about things in a different way.”

“It just so happens on this occasion that there isn’t a gay male character in the central cast,” he added.

The US version of Skins will hits screens in 2011 on MTV.

Source: Digital Spy

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