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Our Friends In The North (BBC-2 1996 with Christopher Eccleston and Daniel Craig)

UK / BBC Two / 9×70 minute episodes / Broadcast 15 January – 11 March 1996

Writer: Peter Ransley / Music: Colin Towns / Costume: James Keast / Executive Producer: Michael Wearing / Producer: Charles Pattinson / Directors: Pedr James and Simon Cellan Jones

Period drama serial. Immense study of 30 years of political life in Britain between the years 1964 and 1994 and following the lives of four Newcastle friends; Politically aware Nicky and Mary fun loving Tosker and troubled Geordie.

One of the greatest pieces of TV of the decade with a superb cast too. Christopher Eccleston has spoken recently (April 2015) about possibly doing a sequel. One of those shows that resonates long after you’ve finished watching. If this had been made in today’s social media frenzy of a world it would be up there with the likes of Breaking Bad and House of Cards.

Stuart Urban was to have directed the first five episodes and indeed did direct many scenes of the first few episodes but a disagreement over the direction of the series with writer Ransley led to his departure and Pedr James was drafted in instead.

cast
CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON as Nicky Hutchinson
GINA McKEE as Mary Soulsby
DANIEL CRAIG as Geordie Peacock
MARK STRONG as Tosker Cox
MALCOLM McDOWELL as Benny Barrett
ALUN ARMSTRONG as Austin Donohue
DAVID BRADLEY as Eddie Wells
FREDA DOWIE as Florrie Hutchinson
PETER VAUGHAN as Felix Hutchinson
LOUISE SALTER as Julia Allen
VAL McLANE as Rita Cox
TONY HODGE as Brian Cox
GEOFFREY HUTCHINGS as John Edwards
DANNY WEBB as Detective Sergeant (later Inspector) Ron Conrad
DAVID SCHOFIELD as Detective Inspector John Salway
DONALD SUMPTER as Commander Harold Chapple
ELSPETH CHARLTON as Mrs Soulsby
JACK McBRIDE as Mr Soulsby
FRANK COUCHMAN as Patrick Soulsby
JOHN DAIR as Charlie Dawson
DANIEL CASEY as Adult Anthony Cox
TRACEY WILKINSON as Elaine Craig/Cox (From episode six)





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