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This Is England box set review: a tumultuous trip from mod to rave

4 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

In his uncompromising TV trilogy, Shane Meadows captures a changing Britain through the pills, thrills, fights and failings of a bunch of ex-skinhead Midlanders

Politically charged, and flashing between scenes of anarchic humour and horrific violence, Shane Meadows’s 2006 film This Is England took a bittersweet look at life for a bunch of skinheads growing up in the Midlands in the early 1980s. This lost gang of kids are coming of age in Thatcher’s Britain, getting drunk and falling in and out of love, while a tide of nationalism rises ominously in the background.

The TV series picks up the story in 1986, when being a skinhead has gone out of fashion. The mod look is in and everyone’s talking about the Jam, the Housemartins, and Maradona’s “hand of God” moment, crushing England’s World Cup hopes. Shaun is finishing school and wondering what his future holds. Woody and Lol plan to marry, »

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Stephen Graham And Michael Smiley Star In Gritty UK Drama Orthodox

15 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Director David Leon dives into the intersection of the UK's Orthodox Jewish community and the criminal underworld with his upcoming Orthodox and it's more than just the surprising clash of world's that makes this one interesting.Anchoring the cast are Stephen Graham - likely best known to North American audiences thanks to his role as Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire but best loved here thanks to his riveting turn in Shane Meadows' This Is England - and Kill List lead Michael Smiley and the results look like dark, character driven grit at its finest.Empire have just launched a trailer for the feature film - an expansion of Leon's acclaimed short of the same name - and it's very good stuff. Take a look below....

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