Fresh Meat - In The Press

Zawe Ashton - Vod herself - told Digital Spy​ that she would totally be up for making a movie sequel in the future.

Written by Tom Eames. Digital Spy, 5th February 2016

As the superior student sitcom enters its final series, we gather together the show's stars to offer their characters some career guidance.

Written by Gwilym Mumford. The Guardian, 9th January 2016

The cast of the Channel 4 sitcom on why they wanted to reflect the dark realities of student life.

Written by Sarah Hughes. The Independent, 27th December 2015

The Fresh Meat gang bid an emotional farewell to their characters as the uni sitcom returns to Channel 4 for the last time.

Written by Stephen Kelly. The Independent, 13th December 2015

Fashion stylist Bertie Bowen channels the clothes and spirit of a fictional character. This week, she's got an out-and-out girl crush on Fresh Meat's sartorial chameleon.

Written by Bertie Bowen. Standard Issue, 9th November 2015

If you can't wait until later this year to find out what happens to the student gang of Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong's Fresh Meat, then you're in luck - one of the cast has given us a few more ideas about what we can expect from the final series (apart from the fact that we'll all be very sad when it ends).

Written by Huw Fullerton. The Radio Times, 25th June 2015

'Ending Fresh Meat was like leaving uni, giving birth and getting married all at the same time.'

Written by Huw Fullerton. The Radio Times, 24th June 2015

The Fresh Meat cast have been soaking up the Manchester sun during filming on Canal Street.

Manchester Evening News, 23rd April 2015

Filming has been taking place across Manchester for the last three weeks although it looks like the cast chose the wrong day to film outside as they stood huddled together in matching puffa jackets worn over their graduation gowns in an attempt to keep warm.

Manchester Evening News, 16th April 2015

Preview images seem to show that Tim Key is involved in the new series.

Written by James Leyfield. The Radio Times, 9th April 2015

The gang will be "a little older" but "not much wiser" when the hit Channel 4 comedy returns after a two year hiatus.

Written by Sarah Doran. The Radio Times, 17th March 2015

"We thought last time would be the last time so this is just a bonus round!" says the Call the Midwife star of Fresh Meat's fourth and final series.

Written by Ellie Walker-Arnott. The Radio Times, 29th January 2015

The 24-year-old comedy star, who plays Oregon in the hit Channel 4 drama, says she can envisage a film set in Barbados with a generously long filming time...

Written by Ellie Walker-Arnott. The Radio Times, 15th May 2014

As you'd expect from the creators of Peep Show, this university comedy is a cut above - and the third series was the slickest to date. Jack Whitehall was born to play JP, the show's fabulously self-centred posho (he'd prefer "ledge"). Plain-speaking punk Vod - surely the coolest character on TV - revealed her vulnerable side when her mother came to stay, making her badly behaved daughter look like a herbal-tea-quaffing nun. Also vying for the best gags was resident oddball Howard who fell head over heels for their new housemate, culminating in the most delectably awkward first date in the history of awkward first dates.

The Radio Times, 27th December 2013

Since Oregon broke off that Tunisian student's penis mid-sex on Fresh Meat (Channel 4), I've wondered about our immigration policies. Why did he get deported, not her? Tony Roche's unexpectedly tender script for this series last raised another topical question. Aren't open relationships the hellish portals to mutually assured sexageddon?

"You shouldn't be messing with that," counselled Vod when she learned that Kingsley and Josie were that nightmare, an inhouse item in an open relationship. "That's black-belt screw-jitsu." Quite so, but that didn't stop the housemates adhering to Marvin Gaye's most demanding injunction, namely to get it on: Candace and Howard, JP and Josie (kind of) - even Oregon and Vod curled up together at the end after that unpleasantness over the student union presidential election. Where will it all end? "Before you know it, you're blowing a donkey in the car park." Let's hope Vod's wrong about that.

Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian, 24th December 2013

The residents of 28 Hartnell Road have just completed the best series yet of the undergrad sitcom.

Written by Ellen E. Jones. The Independent, 24th December 2013

The third series of Fresh Meat has been an altogether darker affair, culminating in a series finale that was disappointingly short on laughs, says Rupert Hawksley.

Written by Rupert Hawksley. The Daily Telegraph, 23rd December 2013

Sam Bain - the co-creator of the Channel 4 comedy - is hoping for another series, but what is next for JP, Vod, Kingsley and co?

Written by Susanna Lazarus. The Radio Times, 23rd December 2013

Fresh Meat's Vod is a cheerleader for girls getting it on gleefully without being in relationships, or weeping about it afterwards.

Written by Daisy Buchanan. The Mirror, 23rd December 2013

It's like student life. You're thrown together with random strangers. You make friends, laugh like idiots, do bucket bongs and bond during small-hours heart-to-hearts. Then you moan about the washing up, pair up, grow up and drift apart. This third season of Fresh Meat has felt a bit like this process - and not altogether in a good way. It's as if the writers are trying to keep the first-year fun going, rather than accepting that what once was brilliant has now run its course.

JP epitomises this tail-chasing confusion - he's no nearer to understanding himself and in danger of being left behind. Jack Whitehall's character remains the main reason for watching Fresh Meat however: his blend of idiocy, neediness and entitlement is still sporadically hilarious. But we've long since ceased to care about Josie and Kingsley's relationship, so the crisis point they reach in tonight's season finale doesn't pack much of an emotional punch.

Elsewhere, Vod and Oregon break up to make up and Howard and Candice edge closer to a change in relationship status. Can Fresh Meat sustain another series? The performances continue to partially mask the longueurs, but we hope they quit while they're just about ahead.

Phil Harrison, Time Out, 23rd December 2013

This third series of the university comedy has been the slickest yet, although students home for the holidays may want to enjoy this final episode in a separate room from parents who ought to know better. As usual, the best lines go to plain-speaking punk Vod, plummy JP and the house's resident oddball, Howard.

Here the latter pips them to the post thanks to a deliciously awkward first date with Candice. "I have them in case of earthquakes or meteor strikes," he says solemnly, when she exclaims over the romantic candles. "Or local authority mismanagement."

Claire Webb, Radio Times, 23rd December 2013

Relationships take centre stage as we bid a fond farewell to our favourite undergraduates for another term. Kingsley and Josie are painfully testing out the boundaries of an open relationship, Oregon and Vod are at odds over the student president election and Howard and Candice are giving each other longing looks - but will either of them pluck up the courage to act on them? That just leaves JP to do his own thing, which in his case means doing heroic amounts of gak and rubbing the neck of his guitar in a decidedly erotic fashion. Oh to be a student again.

Carol Carter and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro, 23rd December 2013

Until last night, this faintly tired third series of Fresh Meat had plodded. That disappointment, however, was both underlined and fully forgiven by the glorious seventh episode: a madcap installment that reminded us how good Channel 4's erratic student comedy drama ought to be.

Written by Iona McLaren. The Daily Telegraph, 16th December 2013

Not just a series of student stereotypes, Channel 4's comedy drama had moments of real poignancy.

Written by Andrew Collins. The Guardian, 16th December 2013

With Oregon canvassing for SU presidency, and Howard's birthday on the cards, no fewer than four parties kick off at the Fresh Meat digs simultaneously in this penultimate episode. Meanwhile, Josie discovers a kind of Grazia-world next door, where über-groomed young men offer massages at a moment's notice - and have a working shower. And JP is trying to kill Kingsley over his "affair of the mind" with Sam. Kingsley: "Women aren't possessions!" JP: "Stop talking in meaningless riddles!"

Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 16th December 2013

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