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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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The production could only afford Malcolm McDowell for three weeks, as he was living in the U.S. Therefore, all of his scenes were shot by Stuart Urban as part of the first block of filming, as opposed to the rest of the production, which was filmed roughly chronologically. See more »


Nicky Hutchinson: [to the driver how dropped him off, first lines] Cheers mate
Nicky Hutchinson: [In narration] Our story began, one summer night in 1964, as I cam back to see me friends. I could see now, 31 years later, we were all going to make decisions that would change our lives forever.
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16 November 2015 | by shoreupSee all my reviews

Our friends in the North is one of those things you grow to admire in time, long after the details have left your mind and its melancholy essence has been absorbed by your consciousness. You will go back to this essence many many times as you grow old and find yourself identifying with someone or the other in this majestic work.

It covers 30 years for the most turbulent period in modern British history starting from the early sixties with its anxious flirtations with radical Marxism and ending in the bland nineties enmeshed in the muck of decadent consumerism. The plot revolves around four friends who are archetypes of the times and the greatness of Peter Flannery's script is to lay out in exquisite detail the fantastic interplay of archetypes and time. Some of the greatest of British actors played their life defining roles like Gina Mckee, Christopher Ecclestone, Mark Strong and a young Daniel Craig whose performance alone should make it worth seeing. Its a kind of work which is now largely impossible today primarily because of the class it focuses on; lower middle class Britain and their problems. In our post political age, where the public has been largely relegated to be spectators to their lives, its refreshing to witness a time where politics was the heart and soul of many lives who wanted to change the world albeit a bit foolishly. Nick ( Ecclestone ) is one such character. The cinematography is not the best but the plot makes up for it. Multi episode TV series like this was a creation of British TV and there is no better example to show how time is such a valuable thing to have in narrative expositions. Every episode focuses on a year and three decades gives the audience the chance to see characters play out their fated, entangled lives amidst all their joys and failures, swimming in the turbulence of sweeping historical changes.Every work of literature invariably comes up against the shores of narrative completeness where it faces its most troubled critics. Our Friends in the North has that self contained completeness where you are hard pressed to find leakages and thus you can say with a proud boast that its complete. There is an inevitability to the flow of lives that gives it a self sustaining rhythm till the end where you realize that nothing could have been any different. You feel for every character because by the time you have reached the end, you have come to believe in the old Buddhist maxim which exhorts man to believe in no judge-mental God who sits and punishes from above but to believe in man himself who weaves his own destiny, thread by thread which at the end of time, can chain him to the rock or carry him over to the heavens. A masterpiece which will last many a storm of time.

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30 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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