Two teenagers, Icky and Billy, grow tired of their life in Liverpool and decide to run away to North Wales. But it's not long before their past catches up with them.






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Series cast summary:
 Billy Rizley (5 episodes, 1983)
Spencer Leigh ...
 Icky Higson (5 episodes, 1983)
 Kidder (4 episodes, 1983)
 Rabbit (3 episodes, 1983)
Matthew Grey ...
 Terry (3 episodes, 1983)
John Shackley ...
 Kid 1 (3 episodes, 1983)
Michael Lannigan ...
 Collins (3 episodes, 1983)
Jane West ...
 Jo (2 episodes, 1983)
 George (2 episodes, 1983)
Susie Johns ...
 Irene (2 episodes, 1983)
Peter Doran ...
 Tyson (2 episodes, 1983)
Ken Sharrock ...
 Liverpool Cop (2 episodes, 1983)
 Griffiths (2 episodes, 1983)
Tommy Ryan ...
 Frampton (2 episodes, 1983)
Michael Hughes ...
 Dickson (2 episodes, 1983)
Jon Paul Morgan ...
 Swanjack Leader (2 episodes, 1983)
Phil Kernot ...
 Guard 1 / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
 Jackson (2 episodes, 1983)
Paul Codman ...
 Swanjack Knifer (2 episodes, 1983)
Paul Murray ...
 Simmonds (2 episodes, 1983)
Peter Wild ...
 Bryant (2 episodes, 1983)


Two teenagers, Icky and Billy, grow tired of their life in Liverpool and decide to run away to North Wales. But it's not long before their past catches up with them.

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7 August 1983 (UK)  »

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(5 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Screenwriter Willy Russell had a major disagreement with the producers, mainly because he objected to the casting of David Morrissey and Spencer Leigh whom he thought looked too mature for the roles of 16 year olds Billy and Icky, and so he insisted that his name be removed from the credits. However, when the series was repeated in 1985, Russell's name was restored in the credits. See more »


Referenced in One Summer Interviews Featurette (2006) See more »

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One of the best dramas i've ever seen
13 December 2008 | by (Leeds) – See all my reviews

One Summer has to be one of thee best dramas i've ever seen. Back in 1983 (when i was 14) i was completely hooked to the storyline during the 6 week summer holidays and the transition period between middle school and high school. I've only just watched the series again on DVD and ooh... the memories came flooding back. The acting between the 3 main characters is still as convincing as ever, with Icky still doing a laughable, comedic performance despite 25 years that have passed.

Back then.. i had a crush on Jo and seeing her again with her curvaceous figure (market scene and swim scene with Billy) still rekindled the feelings i had before i became 'one of the boys' ;), though i didn't know she was 10 years older than me, until now (not that it matters).

The ending to the story is still as upsetting as ever, with Ickys death, Kidders beating and Billys arrest. Finally.. Alan Parkers theme song to the series well and truly compliments the atmosphere of the whole drama. I definitely recommend "One Summer" to anyone who hasn't seen it, though it may be 25 years old, it still holds the intensity that beats most dramas of this era.

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