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White Heat: 'What women went through in the 60s was seismic'

2 March 2012 4:08 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Screenwriter Paula Milne says her own experiences inspired the new BBC2 drama about a group of people through the decades

Sixteen years ago, BBC2 broadcast Our Friends in the North, a much lauded tale of four friends and social and political change that began in the 60s. Next week the channel will attempt a similar feat with White Heat.

Kicking off in 1965, the drama focuses on a group of flatmates as they move through the decades to the present day. With acclaimed screenwriter Paula Milne behind the scripts, it is perhaps little wonder the drama is being thought of as Our Friends in the South.

"As a woman, this piece is semi-autobiographical – so that is what you see on screen," said Milne. "The inevitable comparison is with Our Friends in the North, and that is a brilliant drama and showed the audience is interested in long television stories. But it »

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