Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Freda Dowie ...
Florrie Hutchinson
Gavin Muir ...
Father Kyle
Melvyn Barnes ...
Sean Collins
Elaine Cox
John Larsen ...
Fire Safety Officer
Johnny Caesar ...
Eric Burdon Lookalike
Daniel Casey ...
Tracy Keating ...
Nicholas Nancarrow ...
Roy Cox
Ron Davies ...
Police Superintendent Harrop


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

11 March 1996 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A truly magnificent series.
20 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've just watched this series again, for the first time since it was shown in 1996. I enjoyed it just as much, if not more, as I did first time around. The four main characters - Christopher Eccleston, Daniel Craig, Gina McKee and Mark Strong - are superb. It's Peter Vaughan, though, who steals the show - remember him as Grouty in Porridge? - he's magnificent here as a bitter man who thinks he's failed in life. His slow descent into Alzheimer's is utterly enthralling, and superbly done. Great support too from David Bradley, Elspeth Charlton and Alan McManus.

The series starts in 1964 and takes us through to 1995, focussing on pivotal years - most of them involving General Elections - in the characters' lives. We grow to care about these characters - so well-scripted, and so well acted - so much, in a way that only the best film and documentary makers can put our emotions through the wringer.

One tiny quibble - in the opening episode (1964) Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" is heard. That song didn't actually come out till 1965. You know a series is good when the only flaw is a song being played before its time - but even so it fitted the mood of the episode perfectly.

A magnificent series for its time - and like a good wine (and of course, Chris, Daniel, Gina and Mark!) it's aged well. 10/110 from me, and a must-watch - especially if, like me, you're a life-long Labour voter!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: