Directed by: David Kerr
Written by: Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain
Original Air Date: 21 September 2011
Original Channel: Channel 4
Five new students arrive at Manchester Medlock University to share a house. The girls are the sweet-natured Josie, streetwise and forthright Vod, and Oregon, who is anxious to appear cool. The boys are JP, an ex-Stowe public schoolboy who failed to get into a ‘proper’ university and tends to look down on people, and kind-hearted Kingsley, off the leash at last after years of caring for his sick mother. Already in residence is Howard, a Scotsman of indeterminate age who seems to have lived at the house longer than a second-year student should. At the pub Kingsley thinks he has scored with Rachel (Emma Rigby), only to discover that she is recruiting for a Christian group. In fact Josie is attracted to him but somehow ends up in bed with JP. Once the term has started Oregon loses no time in arguing with her English tutor Professor Tony Shales, though somehow Vod seems to have claimed ownership of her essay. Howard is happy that he now has some friends and is no longer a social outcast.