Fresh Meat

Jessica O'Driscoll-Breen

JESSICA O’DRISCOLL-BREEN didn’t enjoy Fresh Meat. But she did pick up some Peking duck drying-based tips.

Channel 4, Wednesdays at 10pm


Brand, new drama Fresh Meat centres around the lives of six freshers at university, who move into a house together despite not knowing each other. Potential for high jinx and hilarity, right? Don’t hold your breath.

To be perfectly honest, there’s more craic in Newhnam on a Wednesday night than in this student den. Imagine the fellas from The Inbetweeners at university (except Jay’s character is now a girl called Oregon) and divide the banter they have by three. Now you have Fresh Meat. At one point in the show, Simon from The Inbetweeners (who has a new name, but plays the same character) compares the housemates to Hufflepuff students. Enough said.

At a running time of 40 minutes, the first episode of Fresh Meat did not manage to hold my Internet-warped attention for long. I watched it on 4oD, where the backdrop is a collage of tastefully edited nude photos of the cast. This is what initially distracted me, and about 20 minutes into the show, I found myself replying to emails, moisturising my feet, and looking at photos of myself on Facebook (or the Facebook-within-Facebook that it has rather bizarrely become).

The motley crew

There is one saving grace, however: the character Howard. Howard has me in stitches. The first time we meet him, he is standing in the kitchen with his willy out, drying Peking ducks with a hairdryer. Excellent. I’d do that if I had a willy. Or Peking ducks.

Vod’s character is also funny. As the token lesbian, she brings a bit of girl power to the house, which is always a good thing. She advises the other girls to get a man and just “strap him on for the night” – a phrase I am definitely going to start using. Vod also came out with the brilliant: “If I had a wrap of speed and a little bag of weed and some proper coffee and some ProPlus and a bottle of Night Nurse and some mushrooms and some books, I could bang out a statement in half an hour and it’d be brilliant. But I don’t.” Vod, girrrrrrl, I feel you. And so will all of us in a couple of weeks.


Fresh Meat isn’t meaty. Or fresh. It’s just a bit warm and fuzzy in places. I’ll give it another chance next week, purely to see what Howard and Vod come out with, but I don’t imagine I’ll manage the whole episode.

  • Fresh Meat

    2 and a half stars! This was definitely 4 or 5. Usual old tripe from The TAB!

    Dont use the dry washing machine. Useless

    Classic Line!

  • Metareviewer

    Great review. Lots of good points, nice writing style. Would read again.

  • You got beef?

    Have to say I disagree… Really enjoyed this – think the comparisons with the inbetweeners are unfair and has some interesting characters in it. Bit stereotype-y in parts but give it a few episodes to develop.

  • Smacker of Lips

    Fucking cracking review, you old horse!

  • Sing-a-by lavatory

    I love Jessica O'Breen. She floats my spleen.

  • warbling loo


  • toilette qui chante

    Love your reviews as much as poo (a lot!)

  • seranading bog


  • Rob

    Yeah, I agree. Badly acted and predictable for the most part. The middle section was just about OK, but I can't be bothered to tune in again.

  • Last and least.

    Unfair – it wasn't brilliant, yet an enjoyable show, definitely with its own entertaining lines and situations, I honestly believe it's worth more than 2.5 stars!? Trying to draw parallels between Jay from the inbetweeners and Oregon is a silly idea, they are nothing alike. There has been a lot of crap of TV in the last year, I suggest you target something else.

  • Dingleberry

    Rise appears to be on in New Zealand…