6 user 3 critic

This Is England '88 

TV-MA | | Crime, Drama | TV Mini-Series (2011)
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.
3,550 ( 194)




1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Shaun has just finished his final exams and he realizes he is no longer a kid. It's mid 80's England, and the gang are back, looking for a laugh, a job, and something that resembles a future.

Stars: Andrew Ellis, Andrew Shim, Chanel Cresswell
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

The year is 1990, the rave scene has just entered England. The sound of the Stone roses lurks toward Shaun and the gang. This means that Woody and Lol are living in a domestic bliss, they are happy again. But this year will see huge changes in everyone. This is the year 1990. This is England.

Stars: Lyra Mae Thomas, Billy Braithwait, Chanel Cresswell
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit.

Director: Shane Meadows
Stars: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley
Somers Town (2008)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A black-and-white study of a social environment in London, concentrating on a pair of unlikely new friends and the girl they both fancy.

Director: Shane Meadows
Stars: Piotr Jagiello, Ireneusz Czop, Perry Benson
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two twelve-year-old boys, Romeo and Gavin, undergo an extraordinary test of character and friendship when Morell, a naive but eccentric and dangerous stranger, comes between them. Morell ... See full summary »

Director: Shane Meadows
Stars: Martin Arrowsmith, Dave Blant, Darren Campbell
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago.

Director: Shane Meadows
Stars: Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In a typical English working-class town, the juveniles have nothing more to do than hang around in gangs. One day, Alan Darcy, a highly motivated man with the same kind of youth experience,... See full summary »

Director: Shane Meadows
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Danny Nussbaum, Toby


Series cast summary:
Andrew Ellis ...
Charlotte Tyree ...
Danielle Watson ...
Helen Behan ...
 Cynthia Fields 3 episodes, 2011
Katherine Dow Blyton ...
Kriss Dosanjh ...
 Mr. Sandhu 3 episodes, 2011
Rebecca Manley ...
Stacey Sampson ...
 Jennifer 3 episodes, 2011
Steve Brody ...
Autumn Smiles ...
Ian Smith ...
 Mr. Benson 3 episodes, 2011
William Travis ...
 Mr. Squires 3 episodes, 2011
Ryan Barr
 Fay's Dad 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...

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

tv mini series | christmas | See All (2) »


Crime | Drama


TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

13 December 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Это - Англия. Год 1988  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

In the middle part of the saga that works on it's own merits
20 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Picking up two years where the last instalment left off, TIE '88 catches up with the characters that were left behind from last time, with Woody (Joseph Gilgun) trying to settle down with a new girlfriend and angling for a promotion at work, whilst still trying to come to terms with the fact that his former love Lol (Vicky McClure) has given birth to a child by his best mate Milky (Andrew Shim), whose return will mark an explosive reunion between the pair. Meanwhile, Sean (Thomas Turgoose) finds himself in a personal crisis after enrolling in a drama class, while Lol herself is locked in her own personal hell, struggling to come to terms with what she was forced to do to her father and the fact Combo (Stephen Graham) is currently serving time for her crime.

This entirely unexpected latest instalment in the This is England saga came pretty much out of nowhere for me, and would, in all fairness, have been wrapped up perfectly with the last part. There didn't even appear to be any sort of publicity or build up to it, like there was with the last part. Still, with this all in mind, writer/director Shane Meadows proves there's still a lot of inspiration to be drawn from the source material, even if this feels, and was even sort of billed as, a stop off point between the last one and the allegedly explosive final part in the shape of This is England '90.

The dramatic dynamic is maintained in the driving force of the different plot lines involving the different characters, which consistently delivers as it always has. Meadows has, as ever, put a lot of effort in to recreating the bleak, desolate landscape of the Midlands back drop he grew up in, and the rough, hard bitten characters it bred. While there's plenty of flashes of light interspersed into the story, it's main focus is getting down to the tough, nitty gritty hard hitting drama, and this, at times, is pretty tough to watch. There's even an element of horror present, all of it psychological and more towards the end than the beginning, but just adding to the stomach churniness of it all that bit more.

While it's good that all of this is present, there just doesn't appear to be quite the tough, meaty chewiness to the material than there was to the last part and the film, merely feeling like an extension of the last part and the characters in that, like an update and a prelude to the next part. The narrative also loses it's flow a little, with certain dramatic plot developments suddenly abandoned here and there and never explored further, meaning the story loses it's substance a bit. Still, even if this is just a preview of what's to come, it's still an effective and powerful one. ***

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page