Our Friends in the North (1996)

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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 ... See full summary »

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 Nicky Hutchinson (9 episodes, 1996)
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 Tosker Cox (9 episodes, 1996)
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 Mary Cox / ... (9 episodes, 1996)
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 Geordie Peacock (8 episodes, 1996)
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 Felix Hutchinson (8 episodes, 1996)
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 Eddie Wells (8 episodes, 1996)
Freda Dowie ...
 Florrie Hutchinson (7 episodes, 1996)
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 Austin Donohue (5 episodes, 1996)
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 Benny Barrett (5 episodes, 1996)
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 Detective Inspector Ron Conrad / ... (4 episodes, 1996)
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 DCI John Salway / ... (4 episodes, 1996)
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
 John Edwards (4 episodes, 1996)
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 Commander Harold Chapple (4 episodes, 1996)
Frank Couchman ...
 Patrick Soulsby (4 episodes, 1996)
Daniel Casey ...
 Anthony Cox (3 episodes, 1996)
Rod Culbertson ...
 Bede Connor (3 episodes, 1996)
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 Roy Johnson (3 episodes, 1996)
Tracey Wilkinson ...
 Elaine Cox / ... (3 episodes, 1996)
Peter Jeffrey ...
 Commisioner Colin Blamire / ... (3 episodes, 1996)
John Dair ...
 Charlie Dawson (3 episodes, 1996)
Mark Drewry ...
 Michael Frisch (3 episodes, 1996)
Louise Salter ...
 Julia Allen (3 episodes, 1996)
Anne Orwin ...
 Mrs Weightman (3 episodes, 1996)
Saskia Wickham ...
 Claudia Seabrook (3 episodes, 1996)
Val McLane ...
 Rita Cox (3 episodes, 1996)
Tony Hodge ...
 Brian Cox (3 episodes, 1996)
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 Claud Seabrook (3 episodes, 1996)
David Begg ...
 Billy Shaughnessy (2 episodes, 1996)
Terence Rigby ...
 Berger (2 episodes, 1996)
Trevor Fox ...
 Harry (2 episodes, 1996)
Harriet Keevil ...
 Helen Windsor (2 episodes, 1996)
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 Christopher Collins (2 episodes, 1996)
Granville Saxton ...
 Commissioner Jellicoe (2 episodes, 1996)
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 Alan Roe (2 episodes, 1996)
Leon Lissek ...
 Walensky (2 episodes, 1996)
Chris Walker ...
 DCI Paul Boyd (2 episodes, 1996)
Andrew Grainger ...
 Detective Constable Fred Black (2 episodes, 1996)
Gavin Muir ...
 Father Kyle (2 episodes, 1996)
Siobhan Burke ...
 Lucille (2 episodes, 1996)
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 Colin Butler (2 episodes, 1996)
Elspeth Charlton ...
 Mrs Soulsby (2 episodes, 1996)
Jack McBride ...
 Mr Soulsby (2 episodes, 1996)
Harry Herring ...
 Arthur Watson (2 episodes, 1996)
Sam Lathem ...
 Bouncer / ... (2 episodes, 1996)
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 Detective Constable Tony Weir / ... (2 episodes, 1996)
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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, 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 <a.mackenzie@sfxavier.ac.uk>

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30 September 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pohjoiset ystävämme  »

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Because of earlier production problems the scenes of the polling station and most of the whole episode had to be shot again, originally this was shot in the winter months, but had to be re-shot in the summer months and made to look convincingly like it was cold. See more »

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Nicky Hutchinson: Tomorrow is too late.
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It's worth the time
10 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

When this was broadcast in 1996 it was really important. Britain was tired of the Tories and they were incompetent but also the soul of what drives political ideals was gone. A year after this series was shown the Labour party swept to power. Not that there is a correlation there but the mood of the country had changed.

Fourteen years later - in 2010 - there is so much to admire here, even if the political urgency has past: the writing, production, casting, and threads to the long story, but there also parts that don't work anymore: the sex and corruption theme stands out here. As this is a single writer's work it has great features in character and in the human play that covers 40+ years. It also tends to fall into dirge over the miner's strike - as important as that was but like some other elements it is a bit close to agitprop-theater of the 1970s.

The biggest impression made now is that we have lost this type of story on TV. We are too involved with reality TV rubbish and contest shows of dubious merit and consuming more junk than stories about how people live. And finally, in an era of spin politics it reminds us that politics starts from simple things like housing and respect.

It's over 9 hours to watch the whole series and it's worth the time.


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