So this is it. The final ever episode of Skins airs on Channel 4 this evening. It really is the end of an era.
Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be the last you see of the troubled teenagers though – every single episode is set to be released on DVD, in perfect time to fill the Skins shaped hole in your life.
Do you remember where E4’s teen drama began all those years ago? Back in 2007, arrogant and manipulative Tony (played by Nicholas Hoult) has at the helm, trying to get his best friend Sid laid with the help of his girlfriend Michelle. There was party animal Chris (Joe Dempsie), sensible Jax, dancer Maccie, strange Stetch, silly Anwar (Dev Patel) and of course eccentric and emotionally unstable Cassie (Hannah Murray), who we saw make a return in the series’ seventh run.
When the second series of the drama came to a close, Tony’s sister Effy (Kaya Scodelario) took over as the series lead alongside innocent Pandora, morally upright Thomas, unpredictable Cook (Jack O’Connell), easy-going Freddie (Luke Pasqualino) and sweet JJ. Twins Emily and Katie also appeared in the second generation, as did fiery Naomi (Lily Lovelace), as the series dealt with crime, suicide, sexuality and the death of friends.
Then third generation of sixth formers arrived with Franky Fitzgerald (Dakota Blue Richards), optimist Alo Creeby, heavy metal fan Rich, ballet dancer Grace, bitchy queen-bee Mini McGuinness, worldly Liv, Nick, Matty and Alex. As Mini gave birth to Alo’s baby and the group mourned the death of Grace, series six ended in 2012, paving the way for series seven, which saw the show revisit the story of Cassie, Effy and Cook.
Over the years Skins has spawned so many stars, but the show’s recognisable faces are worth watching again, too. Remember appearances from Chris Addison, Alistair McGowen, Will Young, Ronnie Ancona, John Bishop, Matt King, Olivia Colman, Ardal O’Hanlon, Harry Enfield, Neil Morrissey, Danny Dyer, Mark Heap, Sarah Lancashire, Bill Bailey and our new Doctor Peter Capaldi?
Take a look at the best bits from series one to seven…
Skins series 7 (£24.99) and the series 1-7 boxset (£89.99) is out on DVD from 12 August.