Fresh Meat Series 2, Episode 3: Review

FRESH MEAT, Tuesday 23rd October, Channel 4, 10PM

I reviewed Fresh Meat’s second series opener a few weeks ago, and although I found it an amusing hour’s television, I felt it was lacking some of the quality from series one. Last week’s second outing was an improvement, but episode three largely saw a return to the mediocrity of the first.

Renaissance man Kingsley nabbed an internship working for The Man at BP, much to the disgust of the majority of his housemates. This was an amusing take on how fickle some students can be, one minute they’re left-wing idealists, next they’re jacking in their principles for the prospect of a lucrative career. This is of course known as the Ben Elton Method.

JP and Howard spent the episode desperately scrambling around for get-rich-quick invention ideas, with JP going as far as commissioning one of Howard’s techie mates to develop an iPhone with a razor. JP remains the most immediately-amusing character, but he has sat on the periphery so far this series. His character deserves better storylines.

Oregan refuses to shake the possessive Tony Shales-shaped monkey off her back, and turned to him once more to generate funding for her new campus magazine. Sure enough, doting Shales secured the funding, but it’s from the Jewish society which limits the topicality of her features, amusingly.

The will-they-won’t-they-yes-they-obviously-bloody-will Kingsley and Josie saga continued to chug along towards the abyss with the one scene between the pair particularly teeth-grindingly irritating to watch, until Kingsley’s GF Heather thankfully turned up to shatter the sexual tension with a proverbial sledgehammer. Ultimately Heather just delayed Kingsley and Josie’s inevitable embrace for a few more weeks, one feels. It doesn’t help that Josie’s character is so unlikeable: heavy-handed scenes of her drinking wine alone as she pines for the K-man aren’t subtle enough to generate audience sympathy.

I’ll keep persevering with the show as many of the lines remain consistently amusing, and the characters are compelling enough to watch for the time being, but the show needs to get out of first gear if it wants me to bother with the inevitable third series.