The show was created by father-and-son television writers Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain for Company Pictures, The show went on to be a critical success as well as a ratings winner within its target demographic.
Skins is a British teen drama that follows the lives of a group of teenagers in Bristol, South West England, through the two years of sixth form.
Its controversial story-lines have explored issues such as dysfunctional families, mental illness (such as depression, eating disorders and bipolar disorder), adolescent sexuality, gender, substance abuse, death and bullying.
Chris Miles (Joe Dempsie) is the party animal of the group.
He has a difficult home life; he lost his brother to a hereditary subarachnoid haemorrhage at a young age, and is living alone due to his ambivalent father and absent mother.
His best friend Anwar Kharral (Dev Patel) has a slightly off-the-wall personality, and is known for his silly antics and sense of humour.
While he takes a pick-and-choose approach to Islam, and has no qualms about indulging in premarital sex and usage of alcohol and drugs in spite of his religion's policies against them, he has some difficulty fully accepting Maxxie's sexuality.Without her father, she is a young carer for her mother Sheila, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.As well as the regular cast, there are several important recurring characters.Appearing only in the second series, Lucy, better known as "Sketch" (Aimee-Ffion Edwards), is a quiet and scheming Welsh girl who is polite yet unnerving.Living two buildings over and having a clear view of his room, she develops an obsession for Maxxie and becomes his stalker.Tony's girlfriend is Michelle Richardson (April Pearson), a girl who can never stay angry at his mischievous behaviour for long.