The second series of the Welsh drama about a teenager grappling with a rollercoaster of growing pains is a poignant must-see which deserves widespread acclaim
The first series of In My Skin (BBC Three) tapped into a particular kind of British nostalgia, recognisable to anyone familiar with afternoons spent consuming illicit booze in a local park or whizzing around car parks in shopping trolleys. It was a coming-of-age story about 16-year-old Bethan (Gabrielle Creevy), growing up in Cardiff with a fantasy life that was far more pleasant than her real one. She lied to her school friends about having a loving family and extravagant lifestyle – she claimed to have a conservatory – to mask the reality of a violent father, a mother with bipolar disorder, and the fact that she was the only one holding the scraps of family life together.
It might sound strange to talk about nostalgia, given that it went to such dark places, but it was as touching and funny as it was bleak, owing to a combination of gorgeous writing and great performances. I am not sure if this second series is the last we will see of Bethan and her friends and family, but it does seem to reacha conclusive ending, and over five episodes, all available to watch online now, it wraps up her story beautifully.