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This Is England '86 

TV-MA | | Crime, Drama | TV Mini-Series (2010)
Shaun has just finished his final exams and he realizes he is no longer a kid. It's mid 80's England, and the gang are back, looking for a laugh, a job and something that resembles a future.
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Series cast summary:
Andrew Ellis Andrew Ellis ...  Gadget 4 episodes, 2010
Andrew Shim ...  Milky 4 episodes, 2010
Chanel Cresswell ...  Kelly 4 episodes, 2010
Danielle Watson Danielle Watson ...  Trev 4 episodes, 2010
George Newton ...  Banjo 4 episodes, 2010
Hannah Walters Hannah Walters ...  Trudy 4 episodes, 2010
Joseph Gilgun ...  Woody 4 episodes, 2010
Jo Hartley ...  Cynthia Fields 4 episodes, 2010
Johnny Harris ...  Mick 4 episodes, 2010
Katherine Dow Blyton Katherine Dow Blyton ...  Chrissy 4 episodes, 2010
Michael Socha ...  Harvey 4 episodes, 2010
Perry Benson Perry Benson ...  Meggy 4 episodes, 2010
Rosamund Hanson ...  Smell 4 episodes, 2010
Thomas Turgoose ...  Shaun 4 episodes, 2010
Vicky McClure ...  Lol 4 episodes, 2010
Joe Dempsie ...  Higgy 3 episodes, 2010
Kriss Dosanjh Kriss Dosanjh ...  Mr. Sandhu 3 episodes, 2010
Perry Fitzpatrick ...  Flip 3 episodes, 2010
Stephen Graham ...  Combo 3 episodes, 2010
Adam Hunt Adam Hunt ...  Winston 3 episodes, 2010
William Travis William Travis ...  Mr. Squires 3 episodes, 2010
Ann Evans Ann Evans ...  Woman on Stairs 2 episodes, 2010
Georgia May Foote ...  Gemma 2 episodes, 2010
Gwen Park Gwen Park ...  Nurse 2 episodes, 2010
Ian Brown ...  Tempestuous Copper 2 episodes, 2010
Mike Sherbert Mike Sherbert ...  Tempestuous Copper 2 episodes, 2010
Jack Thorne ...  Carrotbum 2 episodes, 2010
Kate Wood Kate Wood ...  Registrar 2 episodes, 2010
Lorna Gayle ...  Bimpe 2 episodes, 2010
Rebecca Manley Rebecca Manley ...  Babs 2 episodes, 2010
Seamus O'Neill Seamus O'Neill ...  Man at Window 2 episodes, 2010
Steve Brody Steve Brody ...  Richard 2 episodes, 2010
Tony Denham Tony Denham ...  Harvey's Dad 2 episodes, 2010
Thomas Arnold Thomas Arnold ...  Doctor 2 episodes, 2010
Yvonn Crann Yvonn Crann ...  Woman at Job Centre 2 episodes, 2010
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This Is England '86 is a 2010 British drama miniseries written by Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne. A spin-off from the 2006 film This Is England, and set three years later, it focuses on the mod revival scene rather than the skinhead subculture. Like the film, This Is England '86 stars Thomas Turgoose as Shaun, although Lol (Vicky McClure) and Woody (Joe Gilgun) play even more central roles. The story takes place during the 1986 FIFA World Cup. As Shaun completes his last school exam, he realises he will have to find his way in the world. His friends, who include Woody, Lol, Smell, Gadget and Meggy, are still around, looking for love, entertainment and employment. Written by Raja Kashif

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Raw and poetic
3 October 2010 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Shane Meadows is in my opinion the finest film-maker in England today, with his tragi-comic, poetic portraits of the English working class. The prospect of a television spin-off of his movie 'This is England' thus prompted excitement but also reservations - there's certainly enough material for a follow up, and with Meadows' involvement, the quality can only be high - but sometimes a story is told and does not need extending. This series is set at the time of the football world cup of 1986, and there's already been talk of another one set in 1990 at the following world cup: might this all be too much of a good thing? On watching it, there are indeed odd moments when the series indeed feels flabbier, less essential than the original; and the occasional lapse towards 'Shameless' territory. But in the main, this is excellent stuff. Thomas Turgoose, the star of the original, is less central here, but still steals every scene he is in; but all the characters are great, including man-child Woody and Vicky McClure's Lol, around whom the plot rotates. The football link is handled lightly, and the final, Meadows-directed episode cumulates in a horrific portrayal of an attempted rape and its aftermath that is handled with an extraordinary grace (unlikely as that word seems to describe the depiction of such an event). Meadows' films aren't loud, but he cuts to the raw edge of human vulnerability like few others; this is easily the best T.V. series of the year, and an important alternative view to the received wisdom on the Thatcher era.

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