Five unemployed men would do anything just to have a job in Thatchers era Britain.




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Series cast summary:
Michael Angelis ...
 Chrissie Todd (5 episodes, 1982)
 Yosser Hughes (5 episodes, 1982)
Alan Igbon ...
 Loggo Logmond (5 episodes, 1982)
Peter Kerrigan ...
 George Malone (5 episodes, 1982)
Tom Georgeson ...
 Dixie Dean (3 episodes, 1982)
Gary Bleasdale ...
 Kevin Dean (3 episodes, 1982)
Timothy Bleasdale ...
 Jason Hughes (3 episodes, 1982)
Shay Gorman ...
 Malloy (3 episodes, 1982)
Tamana Bleasdale ...
 Anne Marie Hughes (3 episodes, 1982)
Jamie Bleasdale ...
 Dustin Hughes (3 episodes, 1982)
David Fleeshman ...
 D.O.E. - Assistant Manager (2 episodes, 1982)
David Ross ...
 D.O.E. - Donald Moss (2 episodes, 1982)
Cheryl Leigh ...
 D.O.E. - Jackie Mills (2 episodes, 1982)
 D.O.E. - Lawton (2 episodes, 1982)
Gilly Coman ...
 D.O.E. - Dixie's Clerk Jean (2 episodes, 1982)
Isa Dixon ...
 D.O.E. - George's Clerk / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
 Angie Todd (2 episodes, 1982)


Five unemployed men would do anything just to have a job in Thatchers era Britain.

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Release Date:

10 October 1982 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Pikipojat  »

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(5 episodes)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Yosser's children were played by Alan Bleasdale's children, while Dixie's son Kev was played by Bleasdale's cousin Gary Bleasdale. See more »


[recurring line]
Yosser Hughes: Gizza job! I can do that!
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Spun-off from The Black Stuff (1980) See more »

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2 January 2005 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This series is a brilliant insight to the devastation of Liverpool during the 80's it shows the hardship of job seekers and the many people who went through these times unemployed and deprived of their jobs and their futures where therefore destroyed by the high level of Unemployement during this period the five episodes are all written with a hilarious wit and a brilliant raw expression of life during this time that will make you laugh cry and feel for the characters and their situations the most touching story is Yossers Story it is brilliant and well written with a sense of comedy throughout although the results are upsetting. Yosser Hughes the Liverpool lad with his three Children alone living in a squalor he is desperate for a companion and finds himself alone when his wife tells social services of her torment suffered at the hands of Yosser (This a complete lie Yosser would not hurt his children or his wife) so they take his children and evict him he is beaten by the brutal Police who feel no remorse after they beat him to a pulp in his bare living room then he is left alone in the house desperate for work he tries to find a job at various areas of work but is never successful and in the end he is arrested and tries to drown himself to escape the life he has bean given. The brilliance within the series is the ability to upset you and make you laugh at the same time and finally realise the severity of unemployment during this period the whole series is absolutely brilliant and should be viewed by all because it is an outstanding look at life the history of a time in which Liverpool suffered the most and is an outstanding portrait of life a ten out of ten experience you will never forget

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