Christmas 1988. Soulmates, woody and Lol find themselves in exile from each other and the gang. Trying to understand the definition 'growing up', Shaun begins a course at College, that quickly takes the wrong turn.
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Andrew Ellis ...
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 Kelly (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Fay (3 episodes, 2011)
Danielle Watson ...
 Trev (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Banjo (3 episodes, 2011)
Helen Behan ...
 Evelyn (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Woody (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Mick (3 episodes, 2011)
Katherine Dow Blyton ...
 Chrissy (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Mr. Sandhu (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Lisa (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Harvey (3 episodes, 2011)
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 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)
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 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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Late December, 1988. 18 months ago, Soulmates woody and Lol parted. Now they lie in a self imposed exile from each other and the remnants of the 'Gang'. But as a familiar face returns, the happiness of some give way to a dark and bleak Christmas that nobody will forget...

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Это - Англия. Год 1988  »

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The series was originally suppose to be a one-off feature length episode, until director Shane Meadows realized he had more footage than originally planned. See more »

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Referenced in Charlie Brooker's 2011 Wipe (2011) See more »

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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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