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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
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 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
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 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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 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
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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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Mark Strong felt that each of the three main characters represents different sides of Peter Flannery, Nicky represents the political side, Geordie the sex, drugs and rock n' roll side, and Tosker the Newcastle side. See more »

Quotes

Benny Barratt: Women are rubbish, Geordie. Most people are rubbish, but all women are.
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Referenced in Mastermind: Episode #37.3 (2014) See more »

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Far better than average UK mini series
20 September 2005 | by 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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