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This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British borstal for young offenders. Luckily the regime has changed since this TV film was made... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Ray Winstone ... Carlin (as Raymond Winstone)

David Threlfall ... Archer
Martin Phillips ... Davis
Davidson Knight ... Angel
John Blundell ... Banks

Phil Daniels ... Richards
Ray Burdis ... Eckersley

Patrick Murray ... Dougan
Ian Sharrock ... Rhodes
Tony London ... Woods
Peter Kinley ... Betts
Sheridan Earl Russell ... Jackson
Colin Mayes ... Sumner
Trevor Butler ... Toyne
Philip DaCosta ... Formby (as Philip Da Costa)
Peter Francis ... Baldy
Steven Butler ... Other trainee
Michael Deeks ... Other trainee
Mark Dunn ... Other trainee
Christopher Gilbert ... Other trainee
Simon Howe ... Other trainee
Mike Mungarvan ... Other trainee (as Mike Mungaven)
Reggae Ranjhe ... Other trainee (as Reggae Ranjha)
William Vanderpuye ... Other trainee
Richard Butler ... Governor
John Judd ... Sands
Bay White ... Matron
Peter Gordon ... Goodyear
Stewart Harwood ... Greaves
Robin Hopwood ... Burton
Dennis Castle ... Duke
David Stockton ... White
George Lee ... Chief Officer
Julian Hudson ... P.T. Instructor
Sean Hopwood ... Block Officer
Ray Jewers ... Block Officer
Joe Fordham ... Block Officer
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Danny John-Jules ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Clarke 
 
Writing credits
Roy Minton 

Produced by
Margaret Matheson .... producer
 
Cinematography by
John Wyatt (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ken Pearce 
 
Production Design by
Anthony C. Thorpe  (as Tony Thorpe)
 
Costume Design by
Roger Reece 
 
Makeup Department
Marion Richards .... makeup artist
 
Sound Department
Ron Edmonds .... dubbing mixer
Michael Turner .... film recordist
 
Stunts
Ray Jewers .... fight arranger
 
Other crew
Chris Cherry .... production team (as Christopher Cherry)
Keith Evans .... production team
Guy Halifax .... production team (as Guy Hallifax)
Jennifer Hammond .... production team
Michael Jackley .... production team
 

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USA:78 min
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Certification:
Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Ireland:18 | UK:15 | UK:18 (DVD rating)

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The rehearsals for the TV version were done in the, then, BBC's brand new rehearsal room.See more »
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Formby:[In the self-help meeting] Why am I so far away from home Matron?
Eckersley:Because you murdered that kid.
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
I Thought The Film Version Was Better, 22 August 2004
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

I'll try not to comment on the controversy of this television drama . Everyone knows it was banned by the BBC prior to being shown on its PLAY FOR TODAY slot in 1977 and it wasn't until the early 1990s that the BBC relented by showing it with little fanfare .

Over all I thought the film version was better . Structure wise Roy Minton's script is more or less the same as the movie version with one added strand here where Carling is allowed to have a " wife " , in reality one of the younger prisoners , as a perk for being a daddy , a story strand that doesn't really work in my opinion . Director Alan Clarke would later re-employ nearly the entire cast for the movie version with the exception of Archer , and I couldn't thinking while watching the movie that Archer was written as a type of hippy . Here David Throfall plays Archer as .... A hippy . I don't want to criticise Mick Ford's performance in the movie but here we see the role played as it was written and is the superior version , but this is the only aspect where the original teleplay out scores the movie

I think because the movie version can get away with so much more than a television drama ( At least one made in the 1970s ) this version isn't so gritty and compelling . The film includes extreme language in every scene which adds to the realism and as has been mentioned the infamous rape scene isn't as shocking and depressing as the one in the movie version so compared to the 1979 cinema release the original television drama might be something of a disappointment leading the viewer to ask what was the controversy about in the first place ?

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