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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 Fay (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Banjo (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)
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 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)
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 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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 Trudy (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Fay's Dad (2 episodes, 2011)
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 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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Followed by This Is England '90 (2015) See more »

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19 December 2011 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

In 'This is England 88', Shane Meadows picks up the story of the group of young people whose lives he previously chronicled in a feature film and an earlier YV series. If I have to criticise this work, it's that it's structure is that of an extended coda to its predecessors; there's not much in the way of novel plot, and perhaps too many emotional "payoff" scenes, something Meadows does well but they have more impact when set at the end of a tauter, more defined story. But of course, such scenes are not the only thing that Meadows is good at. As usual, he gets great performances from his (mostly unprofessional) cast, and manages to make the bleak surroundings of working class England almost unbearably beautiful and affecting. This it top class television; but I also feel these characters, as brilliantly as they have bee brought to life, are now done.


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