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Our Friends in the North 

A nine part series depicting the varying fortunes of four friends, Nicky, Geordie, Mary, and Tosker, from the optimistic times of 1964 to the uncertainties of 1995. Taking nine pivotal ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Christopher Eccleston ...  Nicky Hutchinson 9 episodes, 1996
Mark Strong ...  Tosker Cox 9 episodes, 1996
Gina McKee ...  Mary Cox / ... 9 episodes, 1996
Daniel Craig ...  Geordie Peacock 8 episodes, 1996
Peter Vaughan ...  Felix Hutchinson 8 episodes, 1996
David Bradley ...  Eddie Wells 8 episodes, 1996
Freda Dowie ...  Florrie Hutchinson 7 episodes, 1996
Alun Armstrong ...  Austin Donohue 5 episodes, 1996
Malcolm McDowell ...  Benny Barratt 5 episodes, 1996
Danny Webb ...  Detective Inspector Ron Conrad / ... 4 episodes, 1996
David Schofield ...  Detective Chief Inspector John Salway / ... 4 episodes, 1996
Geoffrey Hutchings Geoffrey Hutchings ...  John Edwards 4 episodes, 1996
Donald Sumpter ...  Commander Harold Chapple 4 episodes, 1996
Frank Couchman Frank Couchman ...  Patrick Soulsby 4 episodes, 1996
Daniel Casey ...  Anthony Cox 3 episodes, 1996
Rod Culbertson Rod Culbertson ...  Bede Connor 3 episodes, 1996
Tony Haygarth ...  Roy Johnson 3 episodes, 1996
Tracey Wilkinson ...  Elaine Cox / ... 3 episodes, 1996
Peter Jeffrey ...  Commissioner Colin Blamire / ... 3 episodes, 1996
John Dair John Dair ...  Charlie Dawson 3 episodes, 1996
Mark Drewry Mark Drewry ...  Michael Frisch 3 episodes, 1996
Louise Salter Louise Salter ...  Julia Allen 3 episodes, 1996
Anne Orwin ...  Mrs Weightman 3 episodes, 1996
Saskia Wickham Saskia Wickham ...  Claudia Seabrook 3 episodes, 1996
Val McLane Val McLane ...  Rita Cox 3 episodes, 1996
Tony Hodge Tony Hodge ...  Brian Cox 3 episodes, 1996
Julian Fellowes ...  Claud Seabrook 3 episodes, 1996
David Begg ...  Billy Shaughnessy 2 episodes, 1996
Terence Rigby ...  Berger 2 episodes, 1996
Trevor Fox Trevor Fox ...  Harry 2 episodes, 1996
Harriet Keevil Harriet Keevil ...  Helen Windsor 2 episodes, 1996
Craig Conway ...  Christopher Collins 2 episodes, 1996
Granville Saxton ...  Commissioner Jellicoe 2 episodes, 1996
Larry Lamb ...  Alan Roe 2 episodes, 1996
Leon Lissek ...  Walensky 2 episodes, 1996
Chris Walker Chris Walker ...  Detective Chief Inspector Paul Boyd 2 episodes, 1996
Andrew Grainger Andrew Grainger ...  Detective Constable Fred Black 2 episodes, 1996
Gavin Muir Gavin Muir ...  Father Kyle 2 episodes, 1996
Siobhan Burke Siobhan Burke ...  Lucille 2 episodes, 1996
Pete Lee-Wilson ...  Colin Butler 2 episodes, 1996
Elspeth Charlton Elspeth Charlton ...  Mrs Soulsby 2 episodes, 1996
Jack McBride Jack McBride ...  Mr Soulsby 2 episodes, 1996
Harry Herring Harry Herring ...  Arthur Watson 2 episodes, 1996
Sam Lathem Sam Lathem ...  Bouncer / ... 2 episodes, 1996
Mark Pegg ...  Detective Constable Tony Weir / ... 2 episodes, 1996
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A nine part series depicting the varying fortunes of four friends, Nicky, Geordie, Mary, and Tosker, from the optimistic times of 1964 to the uncertainties of 1995. Taking nine pivotal years (1964, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1987, and 1995) the personal lives of the characters become intertwined with the political struggles of their home town of Newcastle, and the capital, London. We also see the machinations behind the scenes that affect their lives, often for the worse: slum housing projects, police corruption, the rise of Thatcherism, political sleaze, and specific events like the 1984 Miners' Strike. Written by Alasdair Mackenzie <a.mackenzie@sfxavier.ac.uk>

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Peter Vaughan described his role as "a tough nut with Alzheimer's, something that's never been done before." See more »

Quotes

Benny Barratt: Women are rubbish, Geordie. Most people are rubbish, but all women are.
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excellent drama from the Beeb
28 July 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

When this drama first hit our screens in '96, there was a certain cynicism about lengthy serials set in contemporary times, and whether it could hold a nation's attention. Casting was wide and varied - the four leads, who grow up together, grow apart, and grow together again - were played with class by Gina MacKee, Chris Eccleston, Daniel Craig and Mark Strong. Others in support included David Bradley, Peter Vaughan, Malcolm McDowell, David Schofield, Daniel Casey, and many more. Each episode moved the story along through its thirty-year span, while we watched each character reach their highs and lows until the last episode which left them all reunited.

Two things in particular stand out - the episode about the miners' strike, which was brilliantly done; and the closing credits over which Oasis' 'Don't Look Back in Anger' was played. I can't think of a better tune to close this excellent serial. One of the BBC's best.


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30 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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(9 parts)

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