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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Cast

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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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Christoper Eccelstone drew inspiration for his performance as the older Nicky from Peter Flannery himself, basing aspects of his characterisation on Flannery's personality and even wearing some of the writer's own colourful shirts. See more »

Quotes

Benny Barratt: Women are rubbish, Geordie. Most people are rubbish, but all women are.
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References Life of Brian (1979) See more »

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excellent drama from the Beeb
28 July 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When this drama first hit our screens in '96, there was a certain cynicism about lengthy serials set in contemporary times, and whether it could hold a nation's attention. Casting was wide and varied - the four leads, who grow up together, grow apart, and grow together again - were played with class by Gina MacKee, Chris Eccleston, Daniel Craig and Mark Strong. Others in support included David Bradley, Peter Vaughan, Malcolm McDowell, David Schofield, Daniel Casey, and many more. Each episode moved the story along through its thirty-year span, while we watched each character reach their highs and lows until the last episode which left them all reunited.

Two things in particular stand out - the episode about the miners' strike, which was brilliantly done; and the closing credits over which Oasis' 'Don't Look Back in Anger' was played. I can't think of a better tune to close this excellent serial. One of the BBC's best.


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