Screen One: Season 3, Episode 7

Alive and Kicking (13 Oct. 1991)

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Stevie "Smudger" Smith and his wife Marie are both addicted to drugs; he's also a dealer. The day he 'deals with' another dealer, she gives birth to a baby. The baby appears to be addicted ... See full summary »

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Stevie 'Smudger' Smith
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Liam Kane
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Marie
Geff Francis ...
Barry Serradilla
Jillie Meers ...
Midwife
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Doctor
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Gail
Beresford Le Roy ...
Leroy
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Jerome
Cecilia Marquis ...
Jenny
Mark Anthony Newman ...
Dexter
Imogen Boorman ...
Hayley Forbes-Clinton
Faith Tingle ...
Shirley
Ewen Cummins ...
Clyde
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Stevie "Smudger" Smith and his wife Marie are both addicted to drugs; he's also a dealer. The day he 'deals with' another dealer, she gives birth to a baby. The baby appears to be addicted too and Marie decides to give up the habit. Because Stevie doesn't want to give up using and dealing drugs, they take Marie and the baby away from him. The new, tough, social worker Liam Kane tries to get Stevie in his group sessions, by using his violent approach and by telling him it's the only way he'll ever see Marie and the baby back. So there seems to be hope to get Stevie clean, if only he wants to himself. That things aren't that easy is shown by the drugs addicted hooker Gail, who's satisfied with the life she leads. Written by Gidi Kroon <G.V.Kroon@el.utwente.nl>

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Lenny Henry being serious!
14 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this film the one and only occasion, that i am aware of, that it was shown on TV in good old blighty. It stars Lenny Henry as a dislikable drug dealer and addict who has only two interests in life. Firstly to make money and secondly to maintain his habit. Robbie Coltrane is excellent in support as the tough social worker who tries to get him clean and and leave his heroine related past behind. I have to admit it was strange seeing Lennie Henry a well known comedian in such a gritty role but he strangely revealed in it and as the plot developed his character began to become more and more human under his social workers help. Furthermore they a kind of friendship develops as they avoid certain scraps together. A good social study of early 90's Britain.


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