Sorry for the gap in updating - I've been working blah blah. But now I'm done! I've only gone and finished my script, haven't I? I'm not going to go on again about how hard it was (really hard) because I'm sick of hearing me say that. But it was fun and interesting and creative, and if your work is any of those things, I think you're really lucky - I know I am.
Two readthroughs last week - one where we all had a big talk about the scripts and one, more official one. Good fun - although I find hearing my lines read out again and again somewhat excruciating - when you've been working on them for so long it's both agonizing and wonderful hearing them - almost a petit mort - satisfying and terrifying. Will people like them? Will they go down well?
I think it all went well, though I spent all last week tweaking and honing. They started shooting on Monday, and I'm watching rushes (early clips) as I type. It looks like my director, Harry Enfield (for it is he) is going to do a great job - even though this is his first work as a director of a drama show - he really understands my material and is injecting real dynamism and action into what I agree is a difficult script for anyone to direct.
Anyway, enough self indulgence. Here's some secrets:
I'm going to give away who the first episode focuses on. You knew anyway, didn't you? It's Maxxie, of course? Why else would Bill Bailey be playing his Dad unless it was. There are some other juicy guest stars turning up in one besides the man Bailey, though. You'll have to wait and see.
The second episode is about someone we've never seen before.
There will be more episodes next year than last year, more online content, more games, more prizes.
Episode 3 of the new series is AMAZING. I can't wait for you to see it.
The Skins cast WILL be going on another trip this time. Will it top Russia? I hope so.
Riddle fans: The guest star in my episode is the son of a doctor.
Someone who made an appearance in Unseen Skins last year will be in the show proper next year. Will it be Cathy Barry, porn fans? Wait and see.
The Skins compilation album is out soon (or now). It includes some of the best tracks from the show, plus EXCLUSIVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE LINER NOTES FROM ME. That's right. Better than that though is an extended theme tune mix by my house mate Fat Segal.
Keep commenting guys. You give me strength.