TV Review: Clique (Series 1, Episode 1)
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The latest in a wave of bold teen dramas, Clique is an intriguing new addition to BBC Three's online output. Created by Skins' Jess Brittain, the series follows two freshers as they become embroiled in an alluring but mysterious all-female clique in Edinburgh. First years and best friends Holly and Georgia have known each other since they were young, sharing a unique bond despite their distinct differences in personality. Holly is quiet, clever and thoughtful, while Georgia is a live-wire extrovert, confident and loud. Both of them enter the much-talked about module on Macro Economics with differing attitudes, unaware of how deeply the module's exclusive internships, led by lecturer Jude McDermid, will infiltrate and affect their lives. The first episode gives a good exposition of the world that we enter along with Holly and Georgia, drawing us in with its lavish cinematography and style. On the surface, the clique of girls at the centre of McDermid's intern programme look sensationally desirable. Gorgeous, eloquent and effortlessly cool, it's easy to see how Holly and Georgia can become so intrigued by them. But as the episode goes on, things begin to take a much darker turn, bringing to light a series of mysterious events that offer a small peek into the true nature of this programme and how it affects the girls at the centre of it.
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