We speak to actor Joe Dempsie to find out what's in store for Chris in the episode and how he felt spending more time out of his clothes than in them.
How would you describe the show?
"Well, the show is based around this group of teenagers and teenage friends all at college, and it's about what they get up to in their spare time. Each episode focuses on a different member of the group, and you get to know the real side, the true personalities. That's about it, really!"
Do you think there's a lot of pressure on you because of the mass promotion?
"I think there's always a danger with new shows of overhyping something, or trying to force it, but I think personally, the show's good enough to support it. I'm not too worried about it. There's always that worry that people are going to expect a bit much of it."
Could you tell me a bit about your character?
"I play Chris, who's the nutter of the group, really, he's a bit of a jack the lad, always up to mischief, but he's got a bit of a caring side to him as well, which is great. You find out in each episode that he's not really had a very good time of it and a lot of the humour that he brings to it is a front for what's going on with him."
Are there any similarities between you and the character? Do you have the caring side down pat?
"I think I'm a bit like him in that I like to have fun and stuff, but I'm nowhere near his level of craziness, I think if I was I'd not be well!"
In Episode 1, it's mentioned that your character may have a small knob. Are you prepared for the reaction that this may cause for you personally?
"Yeah, yeah, whatever!!"
It's also suggested in the first few episodes that Chris has a bit of a thing for his teacher. How does that develop?
"He's out there trying to woo her any way that he can, trying to use his natural charm, and for a while she's very attentive, but there's obviously no way that anything could possibly happen. There's always that feeling, there's always that possibility, that chance."
Did you have a thing for any of your teachers when you were at school?
"No, this is the thing, nearly everyone that I've met says 'reminds me of when I was at school and had a crush on one of my teachers', but honestly, none of my teachers were hot, not a single one!"
What do you think to storylines like Hollyoaks, where Becca and Justin had a baby together?
"Not that I want to put a downer on other Channel 4 shows, but I've seen people saying it looks like a cross between Hollyoaks and Sugar Rush, but that's probably the worst thing that people could say!"
Because of the teacher thing?
"Not necessarily because of that, but I think Skins tries to take it to that next level. It's weird, because it's trying to be real and show what happens, but it's a comedy as well, there needs to be elements of it that are exaggerated for comic effect. I feel that Hollyoaks pushes the boundaries in terms of what's real and what's going to actually happen."
So what can we expect from Chris's episode?
"It's funny, in a lot of places, and like I said earlier, what will happen is you see a truer side of Chris's personality coming out, which is someone who is very hurt - he's been rejected by his dad, and his mum's on the verge of a nervous breakdown and is leaving him. So he effectively becomes an orphan, and you find out a lot about that. But the whole thing's not a downer, there is some fun as well."
How normal a teenage experience did you have, and how close do you thiink the show is to depicting that?
"Like I said, when I was younger there was always the parties and the sex and the drugs were always sort of around on the edge of everything, but I think everything that happens in Skins does happen up and down the country, but Skins heightens and exaggerates it. You have to exaggerate some things, take it to the next level when other shows won't. That's what makes it unique."
Did you have a lot of nude sex scenes in Skins? If so, how did you feel about it?
"I did have a sex scene to do, but it was very brief, just one of the other characters who's sleeping around the house, and opens the door just to see me there, sort of at it, then closes it straight away. Yeah, I was nervous, because it's the first time I've ever done anything like that, but it wasn't too bad, and it wasn't gratuitous in any way."
No clauses in your contract for a closed set, then?
"Er, no! I did have a nudity clause in my contract, which was a bit weird, because I'd never done anything like that before! With the show, you know, nearly everything you have to do is relevant and fits in with the script. There is often an atmosphere on set of a genuine attitude where everyone just threw themselves into it, took it all in their stride."
What reaction have you had from people who've already seen the show?
"Everyone that I've spoken to says they really like it! Not very many people I've talked to have said they've hated it! But yeah, there's been a positive reaction to it - people have said it's funny, but also very true. I'm sure there will be the critics at some point."
How do the cast get along off-camera? Do you see much of each other?
"We've all been doing bits and pieces here and there for the show, whether it's promotional stuff or just post-production things. We see each other about once a week anyway, at the moment. I'm in touch with everyone - by text - and we all got on really well on set, it was weird everyone being thrown together. The first day when we all met we were lumped together, and we thought d'are we make friends?' It was weird, because we knew we were going to be friends with each other... everyone's brilliant, there's no tensions on set. "
Would you be up for another series?
"I think we'd all do it again, it's been the best experience of my life, and from the way the others talk, we'd all be well up for it, to do another series. I personally have acted in a couple of little things in between, but I'd love it."
Skins airs Thursday at 10pm on E4