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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:
...  Nicky Hutchinson 9 episodes, 1996
...  Tosker Cox 9 episodes, 1996
...  Mary Cox / ... 9 episodes, 1996
...  Geordie Peacock 8 episodes, 1996
...  Felix Hutchinson 8 episodes, 1996
...  Eddie Wells 8 episodes, 1996
...  Florrie Hutchinson 7 episodes, 1996
...  Austin Donohue 5 episodes, 1996
...  Benny Barratt 5 episodes, 1996
...  Detective Inspector Ron Conrad / ... 4 episodes, 1996
...  Detective Chief Inspector John Salway / ... 4 episodes, 1996
Geoffrey Hutchings ...  John Edwards 4 episodes, 1996
...  Commander Harold Chapple 4 episodes, 1996
Frank Couchman ...  Patrick Soulsby 4 episodes, 1996
Daniel Casey ...  Anthony Cox 3 episodes, 1996
Rod Culbertson ...  Bede Connor 3 episodes, 1996
...  Roy Johnson 3 episodes, 1996
...  Elaine Cox / ... 3 episodes, 1996
...  Commissioner Colin Blamire / ... 3 episodes, 1996
John Dair ...  Charlie Dawson 3 episodes, 1996
Mark Drewry ...  Michael Frisch 3 episodes, 1996
Louise Salter ...  Julia Allen 3 episodes, 1996
Anne Orwin ...  Mrs Weightman 3 episodes, 1996
Saskia Wickham ...  Claudia Seabrook 3 episodes, 1996
Val McLane ...  Rita Cox 3 episodes, 1996
Tony Hodge ...  Brian Cox 3 episodes, 1996
...  Claud Seabrook 3 episodes, 1996
...  Billy Shaughnessy 2 episodes, 1996
...  Berger 2 episodes, 1996
Trevor Fox ...  Harry 2 episodes, 1996
Harriet Keevil ...  Helen Windsor 2 episodes, 1996
...  Christopher Collins 2 episodes, 1996
Granville Saxton ...  Commissioner Jellicoe 2 episodes, 1996
...  Alan Roe 2 episodes, 1996
...  Walensky 2 episodes, 1996
Chris Walker ...  Detective Chief Inspector Paul Boyd 2 episodes, 1996
Andrew Grainger ...  Detective Constable Fred Black 2 episodes, 1996
Gavin Muir ...  Father Kyle 2 episodes, 1996
Siobhan Burke ...  Lucille 2 episodes, 1996
...  Colin Butler 2 episodes, 1996
Elspeth Charlton ...  Mrs Soulsby 2 episodes, 1996
Jack McBride ...  Mr Soulsby 2 episodes, 1996
Harry Herring ...  Arthur Watson 2 episodes, 1996
Sam Lathem ...  Bouncer / ... 2 episodes, 1996
...  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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30 September 1999 (USA)  »

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Pohjoiset ystävämme  »

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Two directors were finally chosen to helm the project, Stuart Urban was assigned the first five episodes, and Simon Cellan Jones the final four. However, after completing the first two episodes, and some of the shooting for the third, Urban left the project after disagreements with the production team. Peter Flannery was concerned that Urban's directorial style was not suited to the material that he had written. Christopher Eccleston's viewpoint is that Urban was "only interested in painting pretty pictures." Charles Pattinson agreed that a change was needed, and Michael Jackson agreed to a change of director midway through production, which was unusual for a British television drama of this type so far into proceedings. Director Pedr James was hired to shoot the remainder of what were to have been Urban's episodes. See more »

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Nicky Hutchinson: Tomorrow is too late.
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Brilliant
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Possibly one of the greatest Drama of the Last 10 years.

This story of Characters and events of post war britain is fantastic.

A must see. The Cast are all excellent and a times this will amaze you to see the changes that have happened in Britain.


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