Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais' adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Coe about three friends growing up in Birmingham in the 1970s.
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 Ben Trotter (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Colin Trotter (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Sheila Trotter (3 episodes, 2005)
Alice O'Connell ...
 Lois Trotter (3 episodes, 2005)
Sebastian Harding ...
 Paul Trotter (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Doug Anderton (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Bill Anderton (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Irene Anderton (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Philip Chase (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Barbara Chase (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Sam Chase (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Nigel Plumb (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Cicely Boyd (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Claire Newman (3 episodes, 2005)
Roderick Smith ...
 Donald Newman (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Sean Harding (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Steve Richards (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Culpepper (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Waring (3 episodes, 2005)
Geoffrey Whitehead ...
 Headmaster (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Jack Forrest (3 episodes, 2005)
Christine Tremarco ...
 Miriam Newman (2 episodes, 2005)
Patrick Haviland ...
 Everett the Drummer (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Roy Slater (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Voice of Adult Ben (2 episodes, 2005)
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Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais' adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Coe about three friends growing up in Birmingham in the 1970s.

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The title is a reference to the school nicknames for Ben Trotter and Lois Trotter: "Bent Rotter" and "Lowest Rotter". See more »

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So it's based on a successful book. So what?
9 February 2005 | by (london) – See all my reviews

So it's based on a successful book. So what? Shallow, hollow and one-dimensional. If you knew this generation of three day working weeks and unions and shop stewards and immigration and racism and IRA bombs etc etc etc, all well and good - all this series does is cast a glib, politically correct eye at those times, rendering the issues essentially as sound-bites that never really develop further than the histo-montage credits. This could have been done so much better - could have been grittier and more potent concerning the issues of the day. Instead, it was like a twee, picture postcard, empty homage to what was essentially an amazing decade.


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