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This Is England '88 

TV-MA | | Crime, Drama | TV Mini-Series (2011)
Christmas 1988. Soulmates, woody and Lol find themselves in exile from each other and the gang. Trying to understand the definition 'growing up', Shaun begins a course at College, that quickly takes the wrong turn.
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Series cast summary:
Andrew Ellis Andrew Ellis ...  Gadget 3 episodes, 2011
Andrew Shim ...  Milky 3 episodes, 2011
Chanel Cresswell ...  Kelly 3 episodes, 2011
Charlotte Tyree ...  Fay 3 episodes, 2011
Danielle Watson Danielle Watson ...  Trev 3 episodes, 2011
George Newton ...  Banjo 3 episodes, 2011
Helen Behan ...  Evelyn 3 episodes, 2011
Joseph Gilgun ...  Woody 3 episodes, 2011
Jo Hartley ...  Cynthia Fields 3 episodes, 2011
Johnny Harris ...  Mick 3 episodes, 2011
Katherine Dow Blyton Katherine Dow Blyton ...  Chrissy 3 episodes, 2011
Kriss Dosanjh Kriss Dosanjh ...  Mr. Sandhu 3 episodes, 2011
Lyra Mae Thomas Lyra Mae Thomas ...  Lisa 3 episodes, 2011
Michael Socha ...  Harvey 3 episodes, 2011
Rebecca Manley Rebecca Manley ...  Babs 3 episodes, 2011
Rosamund Hanson ...  Smell 3 episodes, 2011
Stacey Sampson Stacey Sampson ...  Jennifer 3 episodes, 2011
Stephen Graham ...  Combo 3 episodes, 2011
Steve Brody Steve Brody ...  Richard 3 episodes, 2011
Thomas Turgoose ...  Shaun 3 episodes, 2011
Vicky McClure ...  Lol 3 episodes, 2011
Autumn Smiles Autumn Smiles ...  Titch 3 episodes, 2011
Ian Smith Ian Smith ...  Mr. Benson 3 episodes, 2011
William Travis William Travis ...  Mr. Squires 3 episodes, 2011
Ryan Barr Ryan Barr 3 episodes, 2011
Hannah Walters Hannah Walters ...  Trudy 2 episodes, 2011
Alex Macqueen ...  Fay's Dad 2 episodes, 2011
Emily Aston ...  Janice 2 episodes, 2011
Joanna Swain Joanna Swain ...  Maitre D' 2 episodes, 2011
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Late December, 1988. 18 months ago, Soulmates woody and Lol parted. Now they lie in a self imposed exile from each other and the remnants of the 'Gang'. But as a familiar face returns, the happiness of some give way to a dark and bleak Christmas that nobody will forget...

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Channel 4 [UK]

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English

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13 December 2011 (UK) See more »

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Law of diminishing returns
20 April 2014 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

The most recent (to date) of Shane Meadows's TV follow-ups to his hit film THIS IS ENGLAND, THIS IS ENGLAND '88 sees the viewer catching up with the gang some five years or so since the movie and two years since the events of THIS IS ENGLAND '86. Sadly, it's the weakest offering yet, and any interest generated in the setting and characters has long since diminished thanks to a distinct lack of originality.

I love the original film and THIS IS ENGLAND '86 had some strong, compelling moments when it eventually got going. This one doesn't. Once again, we get the dreary Lol moping around - surely this woman is one of the most depressing ever put on a TV screen? It's worse than EASTENDERS! Meanwhile, Shaun engages in an unlikely 'love triangle' plot - yeah, we had that already in '86 - while Woody attempts to lead an 'ordinary' life.

Gone is the power and compelling writing that made the earlier instalments so special. At this stage, I'm only watching because I'm interested in what happens to the characters, but it's becoming a chore to sit through. There are still great actors here - Joe Gilgun is given some great scenes at last - but the miniseries feels directionless, aimlessly delivering scenarios that are just too familiar to make an impact. And Stephen Graham's screen time is way too limited - let's hope he makes a triumphant return in THIS IS ENGLAND '90.


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