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This Is England '86 

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 2 episodes, 2010
Andrew Shim ...  Milky 2 episodes, 2010
Chanel Cresswell ...  Kelly 2 episodes, 2010
Danielle Watson Danielle Watson ...  Trev 2 episodes, 2010
George Newton ...  Banjo 2 episodes, 2010
Hannah Walters ...  Trudy 2 episodes, 2010
Joseph Gilgun ...  Woody 2 episodes, 2010
Jo Hartley ...  Cynthia Fields 2 episodes, 2010
Johnny Harris ...  Mick 2 episodes, 2010
Katherine Dow Blyton ...  Chrissy 2 episodes, 2010
Michael Socha ...  Harvey 2 episodes, 2010
Perry Benson Perry Benson ...  Meggy 2 episodes, 2010
Rosamund Hanson ...  Smell 2 episodes, 2010
Thomas Turgoose ...  Shaun 2 episodes, 2010
Vicky McClure ...  Lol 2 episodes, 2010
Joe Dempsie ...  Higgy 2 episodes, 2010
Kriss Dosanjh Kriss Dosanjh ...  Mr. Sandhu 2 episodes, 2010
Perry Fitzpatrick ...  Flip 2 episodes, 2010
Stephen Graham ...  Combo 2 episodes, 2010


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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Filming was completed by June 5, 2010. See more »


Followed by This Is England '88 (2011) See more »

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Takes a while to get going
19 April 2014 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THIS IS ENGLAND '86 is the TV miniseries follow-up to the hit Shane Meadows film, THIS IS ENGLAND - a film which I happened to love thanks to its grittiness and the way it brought back the 1980s and made it timely once more.

This miniseries is split into four episodes and the first couple are simply not very good. Although it's fun to catch up with the characters from the movie and find out what they've been up to in the intervening years (answer: not very much), there isn't really much of a plot and the episodes feel aimless. Social drama has been replaced by gross-out humour and it's a chore to sit through - I only kept watching due to the goodwill left over from the film.

The good news is that the last two episodes do pick up for some extremely explicit and hard-hitting scenes, and it's probably because Shane Meadows came back as director that these episodes have such an improved feel to them. Kudos to the cast members for handling such intense drama very well. Inevitably, the outstanding Stephen Graham steals every scene in which he appears.

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7 September 2010 (UK) See more »

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