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In My Skin | Series 2 Preview (BBC Three)

This award-winning five-part series from writer Kayleigh Llewellyn continues to follow the story of Bethan (Gabrielle Creevy), a Welsh teenager leading a double life as she negotiates a mentally ill mother and an abusive father, friendships, and sexuality.

The second series finds Bethan embarking on her last year of school, entering an exciting new relationship and planning to fly the nest, all while still desperately trying to hide the reality of her home life.

Episode one With her mum Trina (Jo Hartley) released from hospital and now working with Nana (Di Botcher) at the local bingo hall, Bethan (Gabrielle Creevy) finds herself free to experience the joys of teenage life. At school Bethan is full of herself as she tries to make a good impression on new girl Cam (Rebekah Murrell) who she has a crush on. However, Bethan’s home life is far from perfect as she becomes ever more combative with her abusive father, Dilwyn (Rhodri Meillir).

Episode two Bethan (Gabrielle Creevy) and her friends Lydia (Poppy Lee Friar), Travis (James Wilbraham) and the rest of their classmates go on an overnight visit to a local university. On her return home, Bethan meets the man Trina has been having an affair with, Perry (Steffan Rhodri). Despite her reservations, Bethan understands why her mum (Jo Hartley) believes they can both have a better future if she can find a way to be with Perry.

Episode three Bethan (Gabrielle Creevy) is taken aback when her mother suddenly announces that she’s planning to leave Dilwyn (Rhodri Meillir) and is concerned about the danger Trina (Jo Hartley) will be in when her dad finds out about the affair. Meanwhile Bethan’s relationship with Cam (Rebekah Murrell) reaches a new level.

Episode four As Trina’s mental health deteriorates, Bethan (Gabrielle Creevy) once again finds herself caring for her mother (Jo Hartley) and hiding the truth about her life from her friends. However, Cam (Rebekah Murrell) won’t be fobbed off with her lies and wants to know the truth.

Episode five Bethan (Gabrielle Creevy) helps her mother Trina (Jo Hartley) change her life but finds herself suffering as a result. Now having graduated from school, Bethan still can’t find the courage to be honest with her friends Travis (James Wilbraham) and Lydia (Poppy Lee Frair). Instead she retreats into a lifestyle that is safe but threatens her own mental health. Can she break free?

Available on BBC iPlayer as a 5-episode boxset from 6am on Sunday 7 November.


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