This is the second part of what will be a four part series. The next one will be about Generation 2’s parents and then the last one will be about the over all Philosophical discussion of how Skins views parents.
So this is all about Generation 1 and their parents.
Here’s my Skins and Parents: Generation 3
Parents in Generation 1 can be causes of heartbreak and sometimes they can offer words of hope. Sometimes in the same episode. As we grow older our relationship with our parents change. We learn that they are also imperfect people who have troubles of their own. Generation 1 is no different. I will break down each character in regards to their parents in this post.
Tony Stonem (Father: Jim, Mother: Anthea, and Sister: Effy)
The Stonems have such a strange dynamic. It is one that has a surreal sense of disconnect. When Tony was going through his Sixth Form things weren’t perfect at home; however, his parents were together. Jim his Dad is a disagreeable wanker who swears in a creative way. Anthea is a closet pervert who seems to have pushed that side of herself down. Jim and Anthea don’t seem to really know one another and they don’t seem to know their children either. They seem almost scared of Tony half the time and tend to think Effy at least in Series 1 and 2 is an angelic/clean cut young girl. Tony and Effy have a really strong connection as siblings. They known and understand one another. While the rest of the Stonems are all disconnected from one another.
Michelle Richardson (Mother: Anna)
Michelle actually has an alright relationship with her Mom. The only main items of conflict would be the fact that her Mom is so busy and also that her Mom has a “marrying” problem. She goes through quite a few of them. However she loves Michelle and they have some really great mother-daughter moments.
Sid Jenkins (Father: Mark, Mother: Liz)
I think Sid’s relationship with his parents went through the most change. In the beginning it was Sid’s Mom who seemed like the good parent while Sid’s Dad Mark seemed like a wank. A hilarious wank, but a wank. Then Sid’s Mom left them. This forced a new dynamic between the Jenkin men one in which they had to rely on one another. Also they had to start listening to one another. Then after that Sid and Mark became one of the funniest Father-Son relationships. Sid loves his Dad. His Dad also accepted Sid and told him he loved him for him. When Mark passed away I was in tears and all of a sudden Sid’s Mom was back. Also the relationship between Mark and Liz is best described as a loving relationship gone cold. You can tell Mark was devoted to his wife, but Liz wanted passion/fight from him. I can see that being an issue that Sid may have in a relationship as well.
Cassie Ainsworth (Father: Marcus, Mother: Margeritte, and Brother: Reuben)
For Cassie the main thing with her family is neglect. Her parents Marcus and Margeritte are basically hippies who are so in love with one another that they are completely oblivious to the needs of their daughter. Her eating disorder I think is tied into this need for attention. She also has a baby brother who also doesn’t seem to be able to distract her parents from making out and wanting to escape to have sex. There is a huge disconnect on reality with Cassie’s parents. It is probably one of the strangest dynamics I have ever seen.
Chris Miles (Father: Graham, Mother: Unnamed, and Brother: Peter)
Chris grew up in a loving family with a Dad, Mom, and an older brother. He had a support system; however, it started to fall apart. Starting with the death of his brother Peter. Then his Dad getting angry and not dealing with things well decides to leave his family to create a new one. Then we watched in Series 1 as his mother finally leaves him…because she knew that the same thing would happen to Chris as it did with Peter. It was not something she wanted to deal with. Because of all of this Chris develops a personality of living life and not wanting to be disappointed/having things that are important.
Jal Fazer (Father: Ronnie, Mother: Unnamed, and Brothers: Ace & Lynton)
Being the only woman in a house of boys is a hard thing. Jal’s Mom left the family some time ago. Her father Ronnie is a famous rapper who holds a grudge toward Jal due to her resemblance to her mother. She has two brothers who are hilarious and sweet who get most of the attention of her Dad. Though her Dad truly cares and loves Jal. Jal because she is the female in a male house develops a hard as nails personality who pretends to be tough.
Maxxie Oliver (Father: Walter, Mother: Jackie)
Maxxie’s parents are both sweet and understanding. Jackie is so sweet. The only topic of controversy in the Oliver family is that Walter wants Maxxie to stay in school and become a builder like him. Maxxie wants to quit and move to London to become a dancer. Eventually a compromise is made between the Walter and Maxxie if he finishes school Maxxie can do anything he wants. That it was coming out of a place of love not control.
Anwar Kharrel (Father: Mr. Kharrel, Mother: Mrs. Kharrel, and has a Big Involved Family)
He comes from a really large, involved, and religious family. Most of the time Anwar tries to hide his antics from his family. His Mom is affectionate and hilarious. His Dad love his Mom and is a honorable man. He also accepts Maxxie and wants him to be his son’s friend regardless of religious belief confusion. Anwar may feel that his family is nosey, too involved, and too in his face. However they are really adjusted and affectionate. It’s normal teenage annoyance.