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)
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 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)
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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)
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)
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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)
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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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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Features The Black and White Minstrel Show (1958) See more »

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A landmark British series
16 May 2005 | by (Southern England) – See all my reviews

This is truly one of the finest series to come out of Britain. It took writer Flannery 15 years to get the series made, and when it was eventually produced the UK channel BBC2 spent their entire drama budget for the year on it. However, it was a fine investment.

The lives of four friends from Newcastle are followed from 1964 to 1995, against a backdrop of massive social and political change. It says much for the quality of the writing and the performances of the principal actors that you find yourself getting heavily involved with the characters' lives and caring a great deal for them. The leads have gone on to further successes, but this series catches them all early in their careers, and on astonishing form.

It was, in hindsight, a good thing that it took so long to get the show made. Flannery's original play ended in 1980, but the elongated production process enabled him to write more and more about the characters' fortunes, and take them another 15 years into the future. The most changed character was Geordie, who served in the army in Rhodesia in the original play, but finds himself instead in swinging London in a strip club in the finished series.

Do yourself a favour. Pick up the DVD set, and savour 14 hours of top television. It will make you think, it will move you, and we will never see its like again.


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