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Boys from the Blackstuff 

Five unemployed men would do anything just to have a job in Thatcher's Britain.
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Series cast summary:
Michael Angelis ...  Chrissie Todd 5 episodes, 1982
Bernard Hill ...  Yosser Hughes 5 episodes, 1982
Alan Igbon ...  Loggo Logmond 5 episodes, 1982
Peter Kerrigan Peter Kerrigan ...  George Malone 5 episodes, 1982
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ...  Dixie Dean 3 episodes, 1982
Gary Bleasdale Gary Bleasdale ...  Kevin Dean 3 episodes, 1982
Timothy Bleasdale Timothy Bleasdale ...  Jason Hughes 3 episodes, 1982
Shay Gorman Shay Gorman ...  Malloy 3 episodes, 1982
Tamana Bleasdale Tamana Bleasdale ...  Anne Marie Hughes 3 episodes, 1982
Jamie Bleasdale Jamie Bleasdale ...  Dustin Hughes 3 episodes, 1982
David Fleeshman David Fleeshman ...  D.O.E. - Assistant Manager 2 episodes, 1982
David Ross David Ross ...  D.O.E. - Donald Moss 2 episodes, 1982
Cheryl Leigh Cheryl Leigh ...  D.O.E. - Jackie Mills 2 episodes, 1982
David Neilson ...  D.O.E. - Lawton 2 episodes, 1982
Gilly Coman Gilly Coman ...  D.O.E. - Dixie's Clerk Jean 2 episodes, 1982
Isa Dixon Isa Dixon ...  D.O.E. - George's Clerk / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Julie Walters ...  Angie Todd 2 episodes, 1982
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Five unemployed men would do anything just to have a job in Thatcher's Britain.

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English

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10 October 1982 (UK) See more »

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(5 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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This series broke new ground for a major television drama in that it was shot almost entirely on videotape, using a new generation of portable video cameras that could be used more easily on location. See more »

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Yosser Hughes: You're Graham Souness... you look like me.
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If you were there, you'll understand.
11 June 2000 | by unclepeteSee all my reviews

Boys from the Black Stuff is more than just a story. It's a snapshot of a special time in a special place. Liverpool in the 1980's could be a bleak and despairing place, with only the common threads of unemployment and humour keeping spirits alive. The story centres on the struggle of a ragged band of workers trying to make ends meet. On the way we see scams, subterfuge, corruption and the ongoing battle between the workers and the 'sniffers' (welfare benefit fraud investigators).

The locations are superb, painting a grisly accurate portrait of the time, with much of the filming done in Liverpool 8.

The language and dialogue also help capture the spirit of the time, with idiomatic 'scouse' used without apology.

Perhaps the best summary of the whole series is encapsulated in a line from the opening scenes in the first episode. Whilst establishing the number of dependents a claimant has, he is told that his grown up children who are 'on the dole' don't count. His response: "Nobody on the dole counts,love".

Recently released on dvd, this series is a documented history of the sharp end of 'Thatcher's Millions' - watch it if you can.


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