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This Is England '88 

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 Charlotte Tyree ...  Fay 3 episodes, 2011
Danielle Watson Danielle Watson ...  Trev 3 episodes, 2011
George Newton ...  Banjo 3 episodes, 2011
Helen Behan 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 ...  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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Official Sites:

Channel 4 [UK]

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English

Release Date:

13 December 2011 (UK) See more »

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Это - Англия. Год 1988 See more »

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Was filmed on the Gleadless valley estate in Sheffield See more »

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19 December 2011 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

In 'This is England 88', Shane Meadows picks up the story of the group of young people whose lives he previously chronicled in a feature film and an earlier YV series. If I have to criticise this work, it's that it's structure is that of an extended coda to its predecessors; there's not much in the way of novel plot, and perhaps too many emotional "payoff" scenes, something Meadows does well but they have more impact when set at the end of a tauter, more defined story. But of course, such scenes are not the only thing that Meadows is good at. As usual, he gets great performances from his (mostly unprofessional) cast, and manages to make the bleak surroundings of working class England almost unbearably beautiful and affecting. This it top class television; but I also feel these characters, as brilliantly as they have bee brought to life, are now done.


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