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Fresh Meat is an award-winning British comedy-drama created by Jesse Armstrong (The Old Guys) and Sam Bain, who also created Peep Show. The first episode, directed by David Kerr (Beautiful People, Whites), was broadcast on Channel 4 on 21 September 2011, and aired on Wednesdays at 10 pm. Fresh Meat marked the acting début of comedian Jack Whitehall (Bad Education) and also stars Kimberley Nixon (Hebburn, Cranford) and Joe Thomas of The Inbetweeners. Channel 4 described the show as a comedy drama.
The plot revolves around the lives of six students, Vod (Zawe Ashton, Case Histories), Oregon (Charlotte Richie, Siblings), Josie (Kimberley Nixon), Kingsley (Joe Thomas), JP (Jack Whitehall) and Howard (Greg McHugh, Dates, Gary Tank Commander), who are freshers (with the exception of Howard) at the fictional Manchester Medlock University, Manchester. They live in a shared house off-campus in Rusholme rather than university halls of residence, due to their late application.
Main themes include Oregon’s insecurity and failed relationship with her lecturer, Tony Shales; Vod’s hedonistic, care-free lifestyle; Josie and Kingsley’s tortured relationship; JP’s attempts at popularity and impressing girls; and Howard’s many eccentricities. On a larger scale, the series covers many student-related issues, including financial issues, work pressures and grades, expulsion, partying, and internship competition.