The first episode of the second series of E4 drama Skins will be played on www.E4.com and social network site MySpace before its television transmission, it has been announced.

As with the first series, fans of the award-winning show, which returns next month, will have an opportunity to view the first episode at www.myspace.com/e4skins with the full TV episode split into four segments.

The first part will be available on MySpace from February 2. Segments two and three will follow February 7 and 8, with the final part available on February 9.

Fans are also able to watch the entire first episode in one place at www.e4.com/skins between 10pm and midnight on February 10. Skins is broadcast on E4 on February 11 at 10pm.

MySpace and E4.com will also show Unseen Skins, a series of short online specials that run in conjunction with the main series, featuring new young writers and directors. The first Unseen Skins has been directed by Skins star Nicholas Hoult.

Sarah Martin, marketing manager for E4, said: “Getting programming out to where our viewers are is an ongoing and important part of E4’s strategy. It’s great that we’re able to reward Skins fans by giving them the chance to watch it ahead of it being on the channel.”