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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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Cast

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
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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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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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Our Friends in the North See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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(9 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Folllowing the success of the miniseries, Peter Flannery proposed a "kind of prequel" to the miniseries under the title of "Our Friends in the South". This would have told the story of the Jarrow March. Although the BBC initially took up the project, it did not progress to script stage, and was eventually abandoned. See more »

Quotes

Benny Barratt: Women are rubbish, Geordie. Most people are rubbish, but all women are.
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Features The Black and White Minstrel Show (1958) See more »

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Far better than average UK mini series
20 September 2005 | by toncasgirlSee all my reviews

Brilliant series documenting 4 Geordie's lives, from young adulthood to middle/old age, and set to a backdrop of politics. More a social documentary than a mini series, not only on our times but on the fallibility of the human race.

The acting is outstanding, particularly from Christopher Eccleston, Daniel Craig and Gina McKee who have all become very successful, in part, no doubt, due to this series.

Combine this with an amazing soundtrack covering over 30 years of great music and it gets even better. The inclusion of Pulp's "Common People" in the final episode is one of the most effective uses of music in film ever! The song builds as the action builds and the crescendo is heartbreaking but so realistic that I challenge you not to cry in despair for our young.

US citizens may find the accents a bit hard to cope with, heck even some Londoner's will struggle, but it is well worth persevering.

Moving, gritty, realistic OFITN is a must-see.


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