Fresh Meat

Series 2 - Episode 1

Fresh Meat
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Satire for youngsters, nostalgia for oldsters: Channel 4’s unromantic comedy has something for everyone. The first series also had the odd wobble but was saved by the fact that our student heroes (mismatched tenants in a Manchester house-share) were fleshed out and believable enough that we cared what became of them, even when they weren’t spouting jaggedly funny dialogue.

Series two opens with posh berk JP (Jack Whitehall, note perfect) introducing a friend to the North (“The northerner is trusting and loyal like a gun-dog”), before hearing news that makes him seize up hilariously. Scheming nerd Howard has a job at an abbatoir, and Kingsley has grown a tiny beard.

About this programme

1/8. It's the start of spring term and Kingsley has reinvented himself, while Josie is turning over a new leaf by making friends with a girl from her course. JP's mate from Stowe has transferred from Exeter, and is about to deliver earth-shattering news, Oregon looks forward to becoming Jean Shales' intern, and Vod owes everybody money. Elsewhere, Howard has started moonlighting at the local abattoir, and the gang hunts for a suitable replacement for Paul Lamb, who has moved out.

Cast and crew

Cast

JP
Jack Whitehall
Kingsley
Joe Thomas
Howard
Greg McHugh
Josie
Kimberley Nixon
Vod
Zawe Ashton
Oregon
Charlotte Ritchie
Sabine
Jelka Van Houten
Heather
Sophie Wu
Giles
Gwilym Lee
Prof Tony Shales
Tony Gardner
Prof Jean Shales
Sara Stewart

Crew

Director
David Kerr
Executive Producer
Judy Counihan
Executive Producer
Jesse Armstrong
Executive Producer
Sam Bain
Executive Producer
Phil Clarke
Executive Producer
Andrew Newman
Producer
Rhonda Smith
Categories
Comedy

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