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Drinking, Drugs, and Family: hd alexandra-ewing: Hi! This is JP. When we first meet him, he presents himself as a posh idiot. He went to Stowe, where he looked down on anyone who wasn’t upper class, and he had a lot of sex and he did a lot of drugs and now he’s at university where he fully expects his life to continue as it has, with his acting like a stupid, drunken party boy. Except this isn’t JP! And he’s not just some poor little rich boy either (though that is part of it): he went to Stowe, where he didn’t have many (any?) friends, and the rest of the boys looked down on him for being kind of awkward and trying too hard to fit in. His parents fought at home. He doesn’t know nearly as much about sex or drugs as he pretends to. He’s sheltered, but he’s not afraid of the outside world or anything. Watching him experience new things is a definite highlight of the first series (“The other cool thing about the girls in the house is that you can, sort of, talk to them, and shit?” he says, tentatively, to the old Stowe boys he’s trying to impress). Yeah, he’s a manipulative, selfish bastard at times, but he’s also just starting to grow up. This is also Vod, in a very minor role. We don’t know a lot about her back story. She learned life’s lessons “at the barrel of a gun,” she says. She worked in a fish plant. She’s attending university on RAF money. Right now, she works as a housekeeper at a posh hotel, and she’s working, silently, through a lot of inner uncertainty. What does that she excels at a job she hates? She’s also become a lot less of the rebellious misanthrope she was when the show first started, and seems to have some reservations about that too. And these two people who really didn’t like each other at all at the beginning somehow have one of the best friendships of any of the cast of Fresh Meat. There is a genuine, mutual respect between them. They can be immature and irresponsible, but they trust each other with their feelings, with their pasts.  There is a lot I love about Fresh Meat. It’s a show about growing up, about taking responsibilities, about facing up to your mistakes. There is a lot to admire in how the characters take on challenges that they don’t want to face. But it is also just a show about friendships, and how sometimes it is easier to trust in a makeshift family than the one you are tied to by blood. None of these characters really wanted anything to do with each other at the start, and now they spend weekends together on holiday in Cornwall, drinking 147 bottles of wine as best they can. They love each other, and I love them too.
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alexandra-ewing:

Hi! This is JP. When we first meet him, he presents himself as a posh idiot. He went to Stowe, where he looked down on anyone who wasn’t upper class, and he had a lot of sex and he did a lot of drugs and now he’s at university where he fully expects his life to continue as it has, with his acting like a stupid, drunken party boy.
Except this isn’t JP! And he’s not just some poor little rich boy either (though that is part of it): he went to Stowe, where he didn’t have many (any?) friends, and the rest of the boys looked down on him for being kind of awkward and trying too hard to fit in. His parents fought at home. He doesn’t know nearly as much about sex or drugs as he pretends to. He’s sheltered, but he’s not afraid of the outside world or anything. Watching him experience new things is a definite highlight of the first series (“The other cool thing about the girls in the house is that you can, sort of, talk to them, and shit?” he says, tentatively, to the old Stowe boys he’s trying to impress). Yeah, he’s a manipulative, selfish bastard at times, but he’s also just starting to grow up.
This is also Vod, in a very minor role. We don’t know a lot about her back story. She learned life’s lessons “at the barrel of a gun,” she says. She worked in a fish plant. She’s attending university on RAF money. Right now, she works as a housekeeper at a posh hotel, and she’s working, silently, through a lot of inner uncertainty. What does that she excels at a job she hates? She’s also become a lot less of the rebellious misanthrope she was when the show first started, and seems to have some reservations about that too.
And these two people who really didn’t like each other at all at the beginning somehow have one of the best friendships of any of the cast of Fresh Meat. There is a genuine, mutual respect between them. They can be immature and irresponsible, but they trust each other with their feelings, with their pasts. 
There is a lot I love about Fresh Meat. It’s a show about growing up, about taking responsibilities, about facing up to your mistakes. There is a lot to admire in how the characters take on challenges that they don’t want to face. But it is also just a show about friendships, and how sometimes it is easier to trust in a makeshift family than the one you are tied to by blood. None of these characters really wanted anything to do with each other at the start, and now they spend weekends together on holiday in Cornwall, drinking 147 bottles of wine as best they can. They love each other, and I love them too.

alexandra-ewing: Hi! This is JP. When we first meet him, he presents himself as a posh idiot. He went to Stowe, where he looked down on any...