In Hackney in 1977, Johnny Jarvis and Alan Lipton become unlikely friends in their final year at school: Jarvis is the class clown, a popular lad with a talent for welding, while Lipton is ...
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Prospects is a comedy drama series originally shown on Channel 4. The 12 episodes followed two East End 'geezer' characters - Jimmy 'Pincy' Pince played by Gary Olsen and Billy 'Bill' ... See full summary »
Written by Kathy Burke the premis of this shown is the inner thoughts and tribulations of a young teenage girl. With her best friend she kicks about the town idolising rock bands and ... See full summary »
Seven British construction workers escape Britain's ever growing dole queues and travel to Germany to work on a site in Düsseldorf. We follow their trials and tribulations of working away from home and away from the women they left behind.
In Hackney in 1977, Johnny Jarvis and Alan Lipton become unlikely friends in their final year at school: Jarvis is the class clown, a popular lad with a talent for welding, while Lipton is a bookish dreamer who spends his time fabricating impressive exploits, pondering the future and fantasising about the father he's never met. As they leave school and anxiously embark on an uncertain future, can their friendship survive?Written by
During the first episode, Alan Lipton's classmates mock him by singing the real life 'Safeway' supermarket television jingle to him (at the time there was a rival chain of supermarkets called 'Lipton's'). This was quite unusual at the time as for decades the BBC usually went to great lengths to avoid mentioning real companies in non news programmes as they had a strict policy against anything that could be deemed as free publicity. This policy was gradually loosened up in the 1990s when the policy started to look a bit absurd and old fashioned.. See more »
Midway through episode 1 set in 1977, Johnny Jarvis walks with his dad who is going to work. His dad is carrying a folded tabloid newspaper with the partly visible headline "Denis warms US up", (presumably Denis Thatcher, who in 1977 was not headline material, so this would be a 1983 paper used on set during filming). In episode 2, set a year later in 1978, Johnny again walks his dad to work, who is carrying the same newspaper. See more »
I have very vague memories of this series being like a serious version of a sitcom in which Mark Farmer also starred, called Relative Strangers. In both, Farmer portrays a disaffected youth who tries to return to his roots and rediscover his family and identity. He is not always successful in this endeavour, and seems to meet various characters of differing quality along the way. It was made by the BBC on an obviously low budget, and filmed on location around various parts of inner city London. I have to say that the main reason I do recall it though, is because every week a teacher at my school would show us recordings of it "...because it's a waste of my time trying to teach you lot R.E. for half an hour a week!".
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