Play for Today (1970–1984)
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Just a Boys' Game 

Jake lives in the shadow of his dying grandfather, who was once the town's toughest hard man. Despite their hatred of each other, Jake's sole aim is to be as tough as the old man was. One ... See full summary »

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Frankie Miller ...
Jake McQuillen
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Dancer Dunnichy
Jean Taylor Smith ...
Grannie (as Jean Taylor-Smith)
Hector Nicol ...
Granda
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Tanza
Katherine Stark ...
Jane
Jan Wilson ...
Bella
Jim Byars ...
Mental Dan
Gaylie Runciman ...
At the Pub
James Morrison ...
At the Pub
Billy Riddoch ...
At the Pub (as Bill Riddock)
Sandy West ...
At the Pub
Irene Sunters ...
At the Pub
Martin Cochrane ...
At the Pub
Elaine Collins ...
At the Pub

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Jake lives in the shadow of his dying grandfather, who was once the town's toughest hard man. Despite their hatred of each other, Jake's sole aim is to be as tough as the old man was. One day in Jake's life, as he drifts, drinks and fights, leads to a bleak realisation. Written by Anonymous

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8 November 1979 (UK)  »

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Gregorys Fisher who is more famous for playing rab c Nesbitt on television See more »

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Grannie: Maybe if your Granda had been better to me when I was younger, I would nae be so old so young.
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Featured in Dream Me Up Scotty! (2013) See more »

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Excellent slice of life.
8 May 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Set in Greenock, in Scotland, this hard hitting drama perfectly captures the hard man culture of the west of Scotland. Strong performances and a spot on script combine to give British TV one of its finest moments. The grim urban decay contrasts with the natural beauty that lies beyond.


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