Screenplay (1986–1993)
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Your tour guide for the night is one drunken man called Scullery. Prepare yourself for the experience of your lifetime as he shows you an average night along a derelict Lancashire road in the 1980s.


Alan Clarke


Jim Cartwright




Episode credited cast:
Neil Dudgeon ... Brink
Jane Horrocks ... Louise
Andrew Wilde ... Brother
William Armstrong William Armstrong ... Eddie
Willy Ross Willy Ross ... Dad
Mossie Smith Mossie Smith ... Carole
Barbara Keogh Barbara Keogh ... Brenda
Moya Brady Moya Brady ... Clare
Alan David Alan David ... Jerry
David Thewlis ... Joey
Lesley Sharp ... Valerie
Susan Brown ... Helen
Tim Dantay Tim Dantay ... Soldier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Tudor-Pole ... Scullery


Your tour guide for the night is one drunken man called Scullery. Prepare yourself for the experience of your lifetime as he shows you an average night along a derelict Lancashire road in the 1980s.

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7 October 1987 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Playwright Jim Cartwright described filmmaker Alan Clarke's treatment of his play; - He had a strong vision for the film and you respected him for that strength but also respected him for the fact that he was always inclusive of me and the others involved. He made the whole process vibrant and exciting, dangerous even. See more »


Try a Little Tenderness
Words and Music by Harry M. Woods, Jimmy Campbell and Reginald Connelly
Performed by Otis Redding
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Little sparkler
14 May 2001 | by dmcslackSee all my reviews

Jane Horrocks shines in this little sparkler from British Television. A collection of rude northern types in rude northern dereliction produce acting of a heavenly standard. If you ever get the chance, tape this and keep it forever. I now own two versions of this remarkable play, one taped off TV and quite difficult follow if you don't have the script - but note, the original play was edited for TV. Not only was the language softened to remove swear words, there had to be other changes presumably to accommodate the time the director was given and the locations. However, I have never seen the play on stage and if anyone hears of a revival, please let me know as I am sure this would stand the test of time. It would also be interesting to see if Clarke's own directorial style improves the material or not. Anyway, when I first put a note on IMDb about the TV version it was fondly remembered from one viewing and Jane Horrocks was my stand out memory. looking at it again (several times) it is really hard to pick out one performance. Lesley Sharp's monologue is so remarkable I found it hard to breathe while listening to it and I cannot understand how the camera operator managed to film this without falling over. Mossie Smith transition from granite hard to jelly while 'Try a little Tenderness' is playing cannot fail to take you with her but the fact is that each scene seems to grab your heart. Some of the actors, I think, played a range of roles in stage versions of the play and perhaps this knowledge helped sharpen their work but they were mostly young and still relatively new in their trade yet were more than able to give Jim Cartwright's spittle-flecked words a spectacular airing. Alan Clarke was on top form in Road.

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