Channel 4’s Fresh Meat (Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong, Tom Basden, 2011)

As a university student, I should be able to relate to Fresh Meat. A show all about student living and house sharing. However, as a second year still in halls, I have all this to look forward to next year. For any of you thinking that university is anything like Fresh Meat, you would be wrong. Truest me it’s no were near as adventurous or as crazy, or maybe I’m not doing it right?

Yes, Fresh Meat is essentially at 45 minute comedy about a few Manchester students with very different personalities living together in a shared student house. Like you would expect, we have the flat mate that sleeps with other flatmates, the good student (who sleeps with her teacher), the anti-social house mate, the one who thinks he is a musical genies, the drug dealer and the stuck up rich kid. The whole mixed personality, allows for some interesting and hilarious story lines and for some unlikely friendships. I would agree that the people you get saddled with in university are some of the weirdest and best friends you will ever make. The whole graduation thing seems like a nightmare.

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With the four seasons, we get to see all three years of university. The season currently airing over on channel 4 is the final year for our students. So if you want to watch the hilarious comedy, you have a lot of catching up to do. I would suggest that third years or late second years wait till after you have done your dissertation. Currently our characters are stressing out about finals and the grand paper at the end of your final year and to be honest it’s stressing me out. I and many other students have that to look forward to.

The series is fairly similar in style to the ‘Inbetweeners’ a bunch of students who manage to get themselves into questionable situations. The show even includes the ‘Inbetweeners’ very own Joe Thomas. But without people falling off a cliff or having drug lords searching your house for £60,000 right before finals, the show would be far less interesting. I feel like the show gives a false idea of university but to be fair I find ‘Harry Potter’ gives a false hope of school. The show misses out most of the actual university work and just includes the home life. Trust me we don’t just sit in the house and get drunk. (Well maybe on the weekends).

I think the show would also be better if the first few students were set in student halls, as more people would be able to relate. However, it can be argued it adds to the humour… and helps with the budget.

All I’m saying is if you want to know what student life is like, don’t rely on Fresh Meat to give an accurate representation.

How have you not seen this? – Deathbyapril- April Ely.

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