This Is England '88 (2011)

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Set during Christmas 1988, Lol is haunted by the devastating events that took place two and a half years before. She and Woody both find themselves struggling to cope with their lives ... See full summary »

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Andrew Ellis ...
 Gadget (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Milky (3 episodes, 2011)
Chanel Cresswell ...
 Kelly (3 episodes, 2011)
Charlotte Tyree ...
 Fay (3 episodes, 2011)
Danielle Watson ...
 Trev (3 episodes, 2011)
George Newton ...
 Banjo (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Evelyn (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Woody (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Cynthia Fields (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Mick (3 episodes, 2011)
Katherine Dow Blyton ...
 Chrissy (3 episodes, 2011)
Kriss Dosanjh ...
 Mr. Sandhu (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Lisa (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Harvey (3 episodes, 2011)
Rebecca Manley ...
 Babs (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Smell (3 episodes, 2011)
Stacey Sampson ...
 Jennifer (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Combo (3 episodes, 2011)
Steve Brody ...
 Richard (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Shaun (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Lol (3 episodes, 2011)
Autumn Smiles ...
 Titch (3 episodes, 2011)
Ian Smith ...
 Mr. Benson (3 episodes, 2011)
William Travis ...
 Mr. Squires (3 episodes, 2011)
Ryan Barr
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Hannah Walters ...
 Trudy (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Fay's Dad (2 episodes, 2011)
Emily Aston ...
 Janice (2 episodes, 2011)
Joanna Swain ...
 Maitre D' (2 episodes, 2011)
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Set during Christmas 1988, Lol is haunted by the devastating events that took place two and a half years before. She and Woody both find themselves struggling to cope with their lives without each other after he leaves the gang. Lol is carrying the burden of her guilt, whilst Woody is trying to build a domestic life with a new girlfriend and a potential promotion at work. Shaun has started drama college and, although still in a relationship with Smell, he has grown close to a girl performing in his Christmas play.

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Devestating, Beautiful, Funny. - Highlight of the Year.
14 December 2011 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Forget all the Christmas specials and seasonal 'bumper' editions of your favorite shows that usually fail to live up to the hype. This is the real deal.

In my opinion this is the finest ensemble cast to grace the small screen, offering us devastating highs and lows (cleverly, in some instances within the same scene) to send your emotional levels into overdrive. Vicky McLure continues her incredible portrayal as Lol, but bolstered by an incredible cast of English actors. Jo Gilgun, surely now part of the English comedy drama culture since picking up the mantle in Misfits is still firing out his deadpan comic delivery, tinged with a subtle cringing irony which is surely going to explode in future episodes. The haunting presence of Johnny Harris is still lingering in this show despite the incident last time, as the direction flashes on the verges of psychological horror. The rest of the flawless cast just shine without effort, and you wish you could spend all your time in their company despite the downbeat nature of the era.

Unsurprisingly the writing is assured, and the direction is awesome. For me though, It's McLure all the way. The performance of the year (again). Surely more awards are pending for this splendid programme and long may England live.


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