Skins axed by E4

The drama will return for the final time in 2013 to celebrate six years of teen thrills

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Teen drama Skins has been cancelled. The series, which airs on Channel 4’s youth-oriented channel E4, will finish its current sixth series and then return for what C4 calls “a celebration of this truly iconic series” in 2013.

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It is thought that this seventh and final series may take the form of a number of special one-off episodes, revisiting old characters.

A Channel 4 spokeswoman said: “Skins is a brilliant show which has defined a generation and will go down as a truly iconic, game-changing piece of television – but after seven series it is time for E4 to make way for the next generation of the bold, the new and the innovative.”

Skins began on E4 in 2007 and broke new ground with its bold casting: at the start of series three and five, virtually every character left to be replaced by new faces, as new students arrived to study at a fictional sixth-form college in Bristol.

The programme has also been notable for its use of celebrity guest stars, which have included Harry Enfield, David Baddiel, Morwenna Banks, Peter Capaldi, John Bishop, Alistair McGowan and Josie Lawrence. 

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Skins also helped to launch the careers of Joe Dempsie, Dev Patel, Nicholas Hoult, Kaya Scodelario and Daniel Kaluuya.