The episode titles "1964", "1966", "1967", "1970", "1974", "1979", "1984", "1987" and "1995" were the years in which the action took place. Many of these (1964, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1979 and 1987) were years in which General Elections took place in the UK, against which the events of the episodes were set.
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.
The first director approached to helm the production, by Michael Wearing, was Danny Boyle. Boyle was keen to direct all nine episodes, which concerned Pattinson as he believed that for one director to take charge of the entire serial would be too punishing a schedule for whoever was chosen. Boyle had recently completed work on the feature film Shallow Grave, and wanted to see how that film was received before committing to Our Friends in the North. When Shallow Grave proved to be a critical success and enabled Boyle to enter pre-production on Trainspotting, he withdrew from Our Friends in the North. Sir Peter Hall was also briefly considered, but he too had other production commitments.