A nine part series depicting the varying fortunes of four friends, Nicky, Geordie, Mary, and Tosker, from the optimistic times of 1964 to the uncertainties of 1995. Taking nine pivotal ...
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As the miners' strike is dominates all political life across the country, Mary has become Leader of Newcastle City Council and is actively supporting the miners, but her son Anthony finds himself on ...
Twenty-year-old Nicky Hutchinson returns to Newcastle in 1964 after several months working in the southern United States, where he participated in the emerging Civil Rights Movement in New Orleans. ...
Harry Perkins, steel worker and trade unionist from Sheffield, becomes Prime Minister of the UK by a landslide, partly because of corruption and public disillusionment with the Conservative... See full summary »
The mysterious murder of an environmental activist leads her straight-laced father, an Inspector of the local police force, through a haunting revelation of the murkiness of the British ... See full summary »
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Martin is a committee man. He has numerous schemes and committees organised around the neighbourhood. He is so obsessive about every detail of everything he does he is driving his long ... See full summary »
A nine part series depicting the varying fortunes of four friends, Nicky, Geordie, Mary, and Tosker, from the optimistic times of 1964 to the uncertainties of 1995. Taking nine pivotal years (1964, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1987, and 1995) the personal lives of the characters become intertwined with the political struggles of their home town of Newcastle, and the capital, London. We also see the machinations behind the scenes that affect their lives, often for the worse: slum housing projects, police corruption, the rise of Thatcherism, political sleaze, and specific events like the 1984 Miners' Strike.Written by
Alasdair Mackenzie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
After Stuart Urban had left the production, and the decision had been taken to re-shoot some of the material he had completed with Pedr James directing, Producer Charles Pattinson suggested to Peter Flannery that the first episode should not simply be remade, but also re-written. Flannery took the opportunity to completely change the opening storyline, introducing the love story element between Nicky and Mary earlier, which was introduced in later episodes of the television version, but had not been part of the original play. Other storyline and character changes were also made with the new version of the first episode, because it was the script that had most closely resembled the original stage play, and it was felt by Michael Wearing, that the story could be expanded to a greater degree for television. Production of the new version of the opening episode took place in what was to have been a three-week break for the cast between production blocks. Gina McKee was initially very concerned about having her character's early life story changed, when she had already based elements of her later performance on the previously established version. Christopher Eccleston was also unhappy about the sudden changes. However, McKee did feel that the new version of episode one did eventually make for a much stronger opening to the story. Due to budgetary constraints, the production was not able to shoot the remounted scenes of episode one in the northeast, and they instead had to be filmed in and around Watford. Beach-set scenes were shot at Folkestone, rather than Whitley Bay, which was obvious to locals on-screen, due to the presence of pebbles on the beach, which are not present at Whitley. This led to some critics mockingly referring to the production as "Our Friends in the South". See more »
[to the driver how dropped him off, first lines]
Our story began, one summer night in 1964, as I cam back to see me friends. I could see now, 31 years later, we were all going to make decisions that would change our lives forever.
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This is one of the very few programs in British TV that actually lived up to the hype. It was billed as one of the best TV drama's we would see and it delivered. It is the story about a group of friends from Newcastle and how they grow up from being angry young teenagers to mild middle aged parents. It starts off in the 60's and finished in the 90's. In that time it documents the change that they themselves have and the change that the north east had during the 30 years. The rebellious 60's to the 70's strikes and power shortages and the 80's hard times for working class families dished out by thatcher.
The series culminates in one of the most unforgettable endings in British dramatic history. Never has and Oasis song been more appropriate. I also have to admit that i cried at the end. This truly was top quality drama from the writing to the acting..
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