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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 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 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
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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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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

30 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pohjoiset ystävämme See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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(9 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color
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Trivia

The first director approached to helm the production was Danny Boyle. Boyle was keen to direct all nine episodes, which concerned Charles Pattinson, as he believed that for one director to take charge of the entire miniseries would be too punishing a schedule for whomever was chosen. Boyle had recently completed work on Shallow Grave (1994), and wanted to see how that film was received before committing to this miniseries. When Shallow Grave (1994) proved to be a critical success, and enabled Boyle to enter pre-production on Trainspotting (1996), he withdrew from this miniseries. Peter Hall was also briefly considered, but he too had other production commitments. See more »

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Nicky Hutchinson: Tomorrow is too late.
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Referenced in Too Much TV: Episode #1.25 (2016) See more »

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It's worth the time
10 March 2010 | by ferdinand1932See all my reviews

When this was broadcast in 1996 it was really important. Britain was tired of the Tories and they were incompetent but also the soul of what drives political ideals was gone. A year after this series was shown the Labour party swept to power. Not that there is a correlation there but the mood of the country had changed.

Fourteen years later - in 2010 - there is so much to admire here, even if the political urgency has past: the writing, production, casting, and threads to the long story, but there also parts that don't work anymore: the sex and corruption theme stands out here. As this is a single writer's work it has great features in character and in the human play that covers 40+ years. It also tends to fall into dirge over the miner's strike - as important as that was but like some other elements it is a bit close to agitprop-theater of the 1970s.

The biggest impression made now is that we have lost this type of story on TV. We are too involved with reality TV rubbish and contest shows of dubious merit and consuming more junk than stories about how people live. And finally, in an era of spin politics it reminds us that politics starts from simple things like housing and respect.

It's over 9 hours to watch the whole series and it's worth the time.


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