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Our Friends in the North 

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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 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
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 Florrie Hutchinson 7 episodes, 1996
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 Austin Donohue 5 episodes, 1996
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 Detective Inspector Ron Conrad / ... 4 episodes, 1996
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 Detective Chief Inspector John Salway / ... 4 episodes, 1996
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 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
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 Elaine Cox / ... 3 episodes, 1996
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 Commissioner 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
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 Billy Shaughnessy 2 episodes, 1996
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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
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 Walensky 2 episodes, 1996
Chris Walker ...
 Detective Chief Inspector Paul Boyd 2 episodes, 1996
Andrew Grainger ...
 Detective Constable Fred Black 2 episodes, 1996
Gavin Muir ...
 Father Kyle 2 episodes, 1996
Siobhan Burke ...
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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, and 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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Pohjoiset ystävämme  »

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Peter Vaughan described his role as "a tough nut with Alzheimer's, something that's never been done before." See more »

Quotes

Nicky Hutchinson: [to the driver how dropped him off, first lines] Cheers mate
Nicky Hutchinson: [In narration] Our story began, one summer night in 1964, as I cam back to see me friends. I could see now, 31 years later, we were all going to make decisions that would change our lives forever.
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Referenced in Too Much TV: Episode #1.25 (2016) See more »

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One of the greatest TV Dramas
3 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

I felt compelled to comment after reading a disparaging comment, I too come from a 'North/South' family with a mix of working and middle class and in no way found this patronising or contrived.

Instead I found a drama that personalised Britain's modern history, which also gave me an anchor of historical facts while watching to really emerse myself in the stories.

I found the characters at times to be self important but this was clearly the intention- Eccleston's character Nicky was self-important and selfish with his views- these are character flaws. This was the brilliance of the length of the series as you become so intimately knowledgeable of the characters. The tragedy of Geordie and the on/off nature of Nicky and Mary's relationship. By the end you feel like you have lived their lives with them, something only achievable with a top notch cast and great script.

I would unreservedly recomend this to anyone, even outside of the UK, as it is quite simply brilliant drama.


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