Screenterrier reported back in December on the commissioning by Channel 4 of a new student drama Fresh Meat, written by Peep Show creators Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain.
The eight episode comedy drama series is currently filming in Manchester on the production stages of The Sharp Project Facility and on location around the city.
The series follows a group of six students about to embark on the most exciting period of their lives thus far - University! Away from home for the first time, on the brink of adult life, they are about to discover who they really are. From the moment they ship up as freshers at their shared house, their lives are destined to collide, overlap and run the whole gamut of appalling behaviour and terrible errors of judgement.
Jack Whitehall stars as JP, a "public school boy with good teeth and an inflated sense of entitlement". 22 year old Jack (represented by Chambers Management), from London, won Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Festival Comedy Awards in 2009 and also presented Big Brother's Big Mouth on E4. He started off as a child actor but decided to pursue stand-up after leaving school
The Inbetweeners, Joe Thomas (represented by United Agents) stars as the charming, loveable and crushingly insecure Kingsley. Joe will next be seen the upcoming Inbetweeners movie, scheduled for release on August 19th and has also recently filmed a comedy pilot Chickens with fellow Inbetweener Simon Bird.
Kimberley Nixon (represented by Ken McReddie Associates) stars as Josie who is described as "overly enthusiastic, determined to experience ‘new things', however bad they are for you". Kimberley recently wrapped filming on Elfie Hopkins and the Gammons.
Greg McHugh (represented by Conway Van Gelder) stars as the socially awkward and know-it-all Howard. Born and bred in Edinburgh, Greg studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow before making his debut on the comedy circuit in January 2002.
Zawe Ashton, from Stoke Newington, stars as the straight talking, hard-living Vod. Six-foot tall Zawe started acting as a child when she attended the Anna Sher Theatre School in London - she spent her school years rushing off to appear in TV shows such as Jackanory and Desmond's, which gave her a strong sense of independence. "Sometimes I wouldn't even tell my parents I'd got a role," she says. "I got into the swing of dealing with it quite quickly." Zawe then went on to study acting at Manchester Metropolitan University, and is also now a poet and playwright. She played Jessica in an episode of Misfits last year.
Charlotte Ritchie (represented by CAM) joins the cast as Oregon "desperate to be cool and terrified of being boring." Charlotte is a member of classical girl-group All Angels. From London, she started performing at the age of 11 with the National Youth Music Theatre and went on to study English and Drama at Bristol University. This is her first main TV role.
‘I am delighted to be able to announce our exciting cast of the best of today's talent for a brand-new comedy drama series for Channel 4. Sam and Jesse are bringing their customary incisive comedy to the drama output, and the result is a hilarious and painfully truthful series about being a student.', said C4 Head of Drama, Camilla Campbell.
Once complete, the 8 x 45 minutes series will air in a post-watershed slot towards the end of the year.