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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Trivia

The production could only afford Malcolm McDowell for three weeks, as he was living in The United States. Therefore, all of his scenes were shot by Stuart Urban as part of the first block of filming, as opposed to the rest of the production which was filmed roughly chronologically. See more »

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Nicky Hutchinson: Tomorrow is too late.
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References Life of Brian (1979) See more »

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Far better than average UK mini series
20 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Brilliant series documenting 4 Geordie's lives, from young adulthood to middle/old age, and set to a backdrop of politics. More a social documentary than a mini series, not only on our times but on the fallibility of the human race.

The acting is outstanding, particularly from Christopher Eccleston, Daniel Craig and Gina McKee who have all become very successful, in part, no doubt, due to this series.

Combine this with an amazing soundtrack covering over 30 years of great music and it gets even better. The inclusion of Pulp's "Common People" in the final episode is one of the most effective uses of music in film ever! The song builds as the action builds and the crescendo is heartbreaking but so realistic that I challenge you not to cry in despair for our young.

US citizens may find the accents a bit hard to cope with, heck even some Londoner's will struggle, but it is well worth persevering.

Moving, gritty, realistic OFITN is a must-see.


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