Two teenagers, Icky and Billy, grow tired of their life in Liverpool and decide to run away to North Wales. But it's not long before their past catches up with them.








Series cast summary:
David Morrissey ...  Billy Rizley 5 episodes, 1983
Spencer Leigh Spencer Leigh ...  Icky Higson 5 episodes, 1983
James Hazeldine ...  Kidder 4 episodes, 1983
Ian Hart ...  Rabbit 3 episodes, 1983
Matthew Grey Matthew Grey ...  Terry 3 episodes, 1983
John Shackley John Shackley ...  Kid 1 3 episodes, 1983
Michael Lannigan Michael Lannigan ...  Collins 3 episodes, 1983
Jane West Bakerink ...  Jo 2 episodes, 1983
John Cording ...  George 2 episodes, 1983
Susie Johns Susie Johns ...  Irene 2 episodes, 1983
Peter Doran Peter Doran ...  Tyson 2 episodes, 1983
Ken Sharrock Ken Sharrock ...  Liverpool Cop 2 episodes, 1983
Sion Tudor Owen ...  Griffiths 2 episodes, 1983
Tommy Ryan Tommy Ryan ...  Frampton 2 episodes, 1983
Michael Hughes Michael Hughes ...  Dickson 2 episodes, 1983
Jon Paul Morgan Jon Paul Morgan ...  Swanjack Leader 2 episodes, 1983
Phil Kernot Phil Kernot ...  Guard 1 / ... 2 episodes, 1983
Con O'Neill ...  Jackson 2 episodes, 1983
Paul Codman Paul Codman ...  Swanjack Knifer 2 episodes, 1983
Paul Murray Paul Murray ...  Simmonds 2 episodes, 1983
Peter Wild Peter Wild ...  Bryant 2 episodes, 1983


Two teenagers, Icky and Billy, grow tired of their life in Liverpool and decide to run away to North Wales. But it's not long before their past catches up with them.

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Screenwriter Willy Russell had a major disagreement with the producers, mainly because he objected to the casting of David Morrissey and Spencer Leigh whom he thought looked too mature for the roles of 16 year olds Billy and Icky, and so he insisted that his name be removed from the credits. However, when the series was repeated in 1985, Russell's name was restored in the credits. See more »


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17 May 2004 | by SimosoSee all my reviews

All my friends are of the same opinion. It affected us all as 14 year olds and at a desperate time in Thatcherite England I think this play gave us all hope and taught us simple but important lessons. I recall John Sim saying something similar in an interview when promoting State od Play. He also said that it made him want to be an actor and David Morrisey (his co-star in SofP) inspired him to go do it. I remember that the clothes were cool for the time and we all wanted Icky's Tacchini tracksuit top.

It is difficult to tell youngsters how bad things were int he early 80's in this country. We all thought we were going to get blown up any minute and nobody had any money.

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7 August 1983 (UK) See more »

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