Fresh Meat Series 3 Episode 2 (Channel 4) Review


I wasn’t completely sold on last week’s series premiere of Fresh Meat but, now that we’re back in the swing of things, I’m a lot more hopeful. Repeated storylines seem to be less repetitive and others completely new, and this all adds up to a solid second episode that’s as warm as it’s taken past series weeks to get to. This show is at its best when the group are together and, with Vod and Javier getting married, that’s the perfect excuse.

The marriage – real on his side but not so much on hers – is a means to an end. Javier can’t fly back home because he has no money and he can’t get a job because he’s illegal so, full of bright ideas, Vod decides that marrying him is the fastest way to get him out of her life. When he gets a job and buys a plane ticket, she can dump him with an almost clear conscience. And she’s not the only one of the housemates who’s desperate to get rid of their significant other, as Kingsley discovers that dating two women isn’t as much as fun as forecast.

Thankfully, Heather gives him a convenient out before he’s caught in the lie by Josie, and we finish the episode on as happy a note as that relationship has ever had. This being episode two of six, we know their new romance can never last, and I wonder what new obstacle will get in their way. I just hope Heather is gone for good now that she and Kingsley are over, because I never warmed to that character. Josie is horrible in quite an endearing way – as are the rest of the characters – and it’s the core group that we want to see most.

Howard and JP have their own drama going on with the new girl, as Howard’s soft approach to dating goes unnoticed and she’s swiftly pinched by JP. Will he grow a conscience and decide his friendship with Howard is more important? Most probably not but, as I mentioned last week, there’s always a series-long redemption story with him that needs to play out. Some crisis has to befall him for this to happen and the writers are too aware of Jack Whitehall’s magic to pass up the opportunity. I’m just glad that Howard is getting something to do but, judging by this week and last, his place in the background has been taken by Oregon.

What did you think of the episode? Are you glad Josie’s back in Manchester? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Fresh Meat airs on Channel 4 in the UK.