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Looking After Jo Jo 

Set on an Edinburgh council estate in the bleak 1980's rising drug dealer Jo-Jo McCann is hellbent on gaining money and power at all costs.




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Series cast summary:
Robert Carlyle ...  John Joe McCann 4 episodes, 1998
Paul Doonan Paul Doonan ...  Eddie 4 episodes, 1998
Steven Duffy Steven Duffy ...  Thingme 4 episodes, 1998
Gilly Gilchrist ...  D.C. Gordon Monk 4 episodes, 1998
Ellie Haddington Ellie Haddington ...  May McCann 4 episodes, 1998
Kathryn Howden ...  Sarah 4 episodes, 1998
Libby McArthur ...  Tricia 4 episodes, 1998
Jenny McCrindle Jenny McCrindle ...  Lorraine 4 episodes, 1998
Billy McElhaney ...  Jackie McCann 4 episodes, 1998
Tom McGovern Tom McGovern ...  Davey Fenton 4 episodes, 1998
Lizzy McInnerny ...  Clare 4 episodes, 1998
David McKay David McKay ...  Malcie 4 episodes, 1998
Kevin McKidd ...  Basil 4 episodes, 1998
Thomas McTaggart Thomas McTaggart ...  Young Jo Jo 4 episodes, 1998
Craig Moncur Craig Moncur ...  Christy's Mate 4 episodes, 1998
Alexander Morton ...  D.S. Alistair Wright 4 episodes, 1998
Aline Mowat ...  Christine 4 episodes, 1998
Ewan Stewart ...  Charlie McCann 4 episodes, 1998
Michael Stewart Michael Stewart ...  Christy McCann 4 episodes, 1998
Matt Costello Matt Costello ...  Ian 3 episodes, 1998
David Johnston David Johnston ...  Jamie 3 episodes, 1998
Mandy Matthews Mandy Matthews ...  Carol 3 episodes, 1998
Billy McColl Billy McColl ...  Billy 3 episodes, 1998
Michael Nardone ...  Big Danny 3 episodes, 1998
Annie Louise Ross Annie Louise Ross ...  Malcie's Mother 3 episodes, 1998
George Anton George Anton ...  Steve 2 episodes, 1998
Ron Donachie ...  Des 2 episodes, 1998
Malcolm Shields ...  Eddie's Father 2 episodes, 1998


Set on an Edinburgh council estate in the bleak 1980's rising drug dealer Jo-Jo McCann is hellbent on gaining money and power at all costs.

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Crime | Drama


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A dramatic, tragic, realistic view of the filthy world of drug abuse.
21 April 2001 | by MarcellanaSee all my reviews

"Looking After Jo Jo" is one of the better TV mini series to come out of Scotland in recent years. The series features convincing portrayals by the leading actors which accurately portray how the greedy drug pushers in the wider community operate. "Jo Jo" (Robert Carlyle) is occasionally likeable, and is often eclipsed in this series by the totally despicable "Charlie" (Ewan Stewart). The series pulls no punches in showing heroin injection, and the damaging physical effects of drug abuse. The other notable character in this series is Kevin McKidd who teams up again with Carlyle. (If you can remember the pair of them from "Trainspotting").

One curious note is why on earth the story writer chose to set the series in the early 1980's? When indeed the storyline is so NOW! I suspect that the Director was more occupied in creating a retro ambience, with lot's of late 70's - early 80's UK punk musical score. Never the less, the series is definately well worth watching, the acting is spot on the money, even if the story itself is one that most people would rather turn their backs on. The reality is that drug abuse is costing Western Governments billions of dollars, pounds, Euro, and peso's. Somebody is getting the money, and those "Somebodys" are getting wealthy because the wider community remains ignorant, and sadly chooses to stay that way. As long as we keep turning our backs, then those "Somebodys" will keep getting richer.

As long as this prevails, old people will choose to lock themselves away in their homes for protection. The youth of America will be more aggressive and feel compelled to carry guns for self protection. The middle classes across the West will continue to pay higher insurance premiums as they are targeted for burgulary, and the incidences of AIDS and other viral diseases will spread. I strongly recommend that all people should sit and watch this series, not so much for the acting, but for the warning signs, and to open their eyes at what is happening around them in their own communities in America, Europe, Britain, and Australia.

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12 January 1998 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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