Fresh Meat, Channel 4 - TV review
Ellen E Jones
Ellen is The Independent's TV critic. She writes a daily review of Last Night's TV and a weekly 'Inside TV' column for the i paper, as well as a column on general topics for the main paper most Wednesdays. Ellen is a former Hollywood correspondent and a contributing editor to Little White Lies, she's written on TV, film, lifestyle, travel and politics for publications including the Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, Esquire and Total Film.
Tuesday 24 December 2013
The residents of 28 Hartnell Road have just completed the best series yet of the undergrad sitcom. In last night's series three finale, Kingsley and Josie were still struggling on in the sweetest but most doomed relationship in student history's grand tradition of sweet-but-doomed relationships. Meanwhile, romance was blossoming for Howard and new(ish) housemate Candice, but the most touching love story of all in Fresh Meat (Channel 4), has been the gradually evolving friendship between Vod (Zawe Ashton) and Oregon (Charlotte Ritchie).
First, Oregon worshiped Vod's effortless cool, then Vod copied Oregon's essays and this episode they were going head to head in the election for student union president. Vod was willing to sabotage her own campaign to save their friendship, but with her "cheap chips" policy shoring up the vote, that was easier said than done. If only they'd thought of that in Borgen.
As usual, though, it was Jack Whitehall as JP, that walking, talking critique of educational privilege who had all the best lines: "Oh God, having a conscience is so shit," he said after an aborted attempt to bonk Josie. "It's like being a Catholic. Or a woman. Fucking awful."
Roll on series four, and in the meantime, there's a movie version in the works, apparently.
musicReview: Culture Club performs live for first time in 12 years
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
ReviewThese heroes in a half shell should have been left in hibernation
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Salisbury ranked seventh-best city in the world to visit in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015
- 2 Disney announces new female-led film Moana
- 3 Banksy has not been arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 4 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 5 Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Breaking Bad season 6 is still not happening
Disney announces new female-led film Moana
Eight seconds of white noise is top of the Canadian iTunes chart because people love Taylor Swift that much
Fury, film review: Brad Pitt is intriguing as unsympathetic war hero
American Horror Story season 4, Fox - TV review: Sensitive, silly and sensational
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms
Worst Airports of 2014: Poll names Islamabad airport in Pakistan worst in the world