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Fresh Meat 

A comedy that follows a group of six students about to embark on the most exciting period of their lives so far, university.
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Series cast summary:
Zawe Ashton ...  Vod 30 episodes, 2011-2016
Greg McHugh ...  Howard 30 episodes, 2011-2016
Kimberley Nixon ...  Josie 30 episodes, 2011-2016
Charlotte Ritchie ...  Oregon 30 episodes, 2011-2016
Joe Thomas ...  Kingsley 30 episodes, 2011-2016
Jack Whitehall ...  J.P. 30 episodes, 2011-2016
Tony Gardner ...  Professor Shales / ... 16 episodes, 2011-2016


A comedy that follows a group of six students about to embark on the most exciting period of their lives so far, university.

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

21 September 2011 (UK) See more »

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Οι Πρωτοετείς See more »

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16:9 HD
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Despite being based around first year university students (at 18 years of age), the show starred actors who were older in the first season. Charlotte Ritchie was 22, Jack Whitehall was 23, Kimberley Nixon was 26, Zawe Ashton was 27. Joe Thomas was 28, and Greg McHugh was the oldest at 31. See more »


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5 August 2018 | by b-ere-94See all my reviews

Safe to say, when Fresh Meat started to air it didn't take me too long until it caught my attention. In the beginning I found it a little uneven, but I still kept coming back because there was always a sense of potential with both the series as a whole but also with each individual character - if they were given the chance to evolve (thankfully, they got this chance). As the series progressed I found myself more and more invested in these characters. Sometimes the characters - or at least some of them - weren't even that likable depending on which season and storyline you're at. However, likability isn't something I'm always craving in television series (or films) - I would much rather have characters I don't agree with or even like as opposed to having characters that doesn't make me feel any emotions at all. The thing is, even though you might not always like these characters, you'll always recognize parts of them - either in yourself or in others around you.


Furthermore, if you don't recognize at least a part of yourself/others in these characters, you're in denial. The six students could be seen as heightened versions of people ALL OF US meet at university. For instance, look at JP. We have all met at least one person at university that reminds of him, or is that just me? That posh, rich "lad" that's often found using the phrase "banter" while not having to worry too much about his time at university because when he's graduating he'll still get a good job and living situation because of his privileged background (during the late revelation that the house also had a cellar, JP said the wonderful: "Now you tell me. And all this time I've been storing my wine in a rack, like some...accountant"). I know I've met several JPs in my life. The same goes with the more pretentious versions of Kingsley I've been introduced to throughout the years, the insecure versions of Oregon I've come across and the Vods that are so sure of who they're it's almost a bit scary.

For me personally, these six students are lovable idiots. They're messy and doesn't always make the right decision, but they're always human. They might tease and mock each other, even get seriously angry at each other at times, but no matter what they always find their way back to each other. Maybe above all, they defend each other from people outside of their group. I love how, no matter how eccentric or absurd the different characters might come across, there's also humanity to them. That's a beautiful aspect to a university-centered comedy-drama series, which is not something I see too often in that category of series. I've always had this lingering feeling that when you start university - and especially when you finish and leave - there's this pressure from both yourself but also the ones around you that you should be this very wise, grow-up person that knows exactly what to do next in life and that has a plan. That isn't always the case, at least not for a majority of people and when you leave university you're still young and there's so much time left to explore and figure out what you want in life. I think Fresh Meat really addressed these anxieties in an impressive way that felt very real and relatable.

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