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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Series cast summary:
Andrew Ellis ...
 Gadget (3 episodes, 2011)
 Milky (3 episodes, 2011)
 Kelly (3 episodes, 2011)
Charlotte Tyree ...
 Fay (3 episodes, 2011)
Danielle Watson ...
 Trev (3 episodes, 2011)
 Banjo (3 episodes, 2011)
Helen Behan ...
 Evelyn (3 episodes, 2011)
 Woody (3 episodes, 2011)
 Cynthia Fields (3 episodes, 2011)
 Mick (3 episodes, 2011)
Katherine Dow Blyton ...
 Chrissy (3 episodes, 2011)
Kriss Dosanjh ...
 Mr. Sandhu (3 episodes, 2011)
 Lisa (3 episodes, 2011)
 Harvey (3 episodes, 2011)
Rebecca Manley ...
 Babs (3 episodes, 2011)
 Smell (3 episodes, 2011)
Stacey Sampson ...
 Jennifer (3 episodes, 2011)
 Combo (3 episodes, 2011)
 Richard (3 episodes, 2011)
 Shaun (3 episodes, 2011)
 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
(3 episodes, 2011)
 Trudy (2 episodes, 2011)
 Fay's Dad (2 episodes, 2011)
 Janice (2 episodes, 2011)
Joanna Swain ...
 Maitre D' (2 episodes, 2011)


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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Law of diminishing returns
20 April 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The most recent (to date) of Shane Meadows's TV follow-ups to his hit film THIS IS ENGLAND, THIS IS ENGLAND '88 sees the viewer catching up with the gang some five years or so since the movie and two years since the events of THIS IS ENGLAND '86. Sadly, it's the weakest offering yet, and any interest generated in the setting and characters has long since diminished thanks to a distinct lack of originality.

I love the original film and THIS IS ENGLAND '86 had some strong, compelling moments when it eventually got going. This one doesn't. Once again, we get the dreary Lol moping around - surely this woman is one of the most depressing ever put on a TV screen? It's worse than EASTENDERS! Meanwhile, Shaun engages in an unlikely 'love triangle' plot - yeah, we had that already in '86 - while Woody attempts to lead an 'ordinary' life.

Gone is the power and compelling writing that made the earlier instalments so special. At this stage, I'm only watching because I'm interested in what happens to the characters, but it's becoming a chore to sit through. There are still great actors here - Joe Gilgun is given some great scenes at last - but the miniseries feels directionless, aimlessly delivering scenarios that are just too familiar to make an impact. And Stephen Graham's screen time is way too limited - let's hope he makes a triumphant return in THIS IS ENGLAND '90.

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