The second part of Cassie’s story sees her heading off to see Dad – so it’s welcome back to Neil Morrissey, now living as a hermit by the sea with his young child and questionable mental-health status. In tow is friend and budding photographer Jakob, played by Olly Alexander, with whom actress Hannah Murray shares an easy chemistry.
This section is a well-filmed and performed character piece, striking a more contemplative note than the party-hearty episodes of both ‘Skins’ and this spin-off series. Morrissey is effective as the distracted, dejected widower struggling to cope, while Alexander and Murray both flit between vulnerability and enforced responsibility.
The return to London is a sharp contrast as Cassie is offered a rare job opportunity and her stalker returns. ‘London’s fucked up,’ says her pal. ‘And yet here we stay, fucked.’ Not the cheeriest vision of our fair capital, but an effective portrait of disconnected outsiders trying to get on the inside track that strikes an eventually hopeful note.
Refitted shipping containers plonked artfully underneath the elevated Shoreditch High Street Overground station make up this contemporary shopping and eating mall. Installed in late 2011, Boxpark is founded by Boxfresh entrepreneur Roger Wade who, with developers Hammerson and Ballymore, has filled the mall with labels such as Evisu, Wandering Minds and Scandi-inspired fashion stores Swedish Hasbeens and Nordic Poetry plus unique jewelry from Astrid & Miyu and food and drink outfits Voodoo Ray's, Falafelicious and Poptata. Taking up a small corner of The Goodsyard, a 4.7-hectare site running alongside Bethnal Green Road, it seems Boxpark is the first of a series of developments on the former wasteland that could see up to 2000 new homes, office and retail space and leisure facilities.