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Worried About The Boy (BBC-2 2010 with Douglas Booth and Matthew Horne)

UK / BBC Two / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 16 May 2010 @ 9.00pm

Writer: Tony Basgallop / Producer: Matthew Bird / Director: Julian Jarrold

Worried About The Boy is the story of George O’Dowd, aka Boy George as he becomes one of the defining characters of the 1980’s music scene. Beginning with George as a teenager trying to come to grips with the fact that yes, he is just a little bit different, and later moving into the heart of London where he lands a job as cloakroom attendant at legendary nightclub Blitz run by Steve “Fade to Grey” Strange. Blitz is the heart of the growing new romantic movement and George dives into it with gusto.

Falling in love for the first time, with singer Kirk from Theatre of Hate George realises where his future lies and persuades impresario Malcolm McLaren to give him a start in a band but it isn’t until he meets bass player Mikey and molds his own band around him that he starts to flourish, with the arrival of drummer Jon Moss, George meets one of the keys loves of his life. The addition of Roy Hay means Culture Club is ready for the big time.

We forget now that Boy George is such a icon of our time what a massive shock to the system he was to the British public in the early 1980’s, kind of like Elvis in reverse parents were flabbergasted and more than a little put out by this new pop superstar, they just couldn’t come to grips with whether he was male or female. This fabulous drama, part of the Beebs eighties season, does a great job in bringing his earliest years in the business to life.

The casting is fabulous too, newcomer Douglas Booth does a great job as George whilst Mark Gatiss is a fab Malcolm McLaren, Marc Warren is also very groovy as Steve Strange and Matthew Horne from Gavin and Stacey plays Jon Moss.

cast
DOUGLAS BOOTH as George
MATTHEW HORNE as Jon Moss
DEAN FAGAN as Mikey Craig
JONNY BURT as Roy Hay
MARK GATISS as Malcolm McLaren
FREDDIE FOX as Marilyn
MARC WARREN as Freddie Fox
RICHARD MADDEN as Kirk
CHARLIE ANDSON as Vernon
ISABEL FORD as Mrs Brandon
FRANCIS MAGEE as Jerry O’Dowd
ANDY QUINE as Career Advisor
DANIEL WALLACE as Christopher
NEIL TOON as Rusty Egan
ELIZABETH LOWE as Caroline
JOHN DRAYCOTT as Pap 1
ANDONIS ANTHONY as Pap 2
NATALIE O’BRIEN as Emily
NICOLA POTTS as Mo
HANNAH HARDFORD as Sarah
SUZANNE PRESTON as Dawn
KIERAN BUCKERIDGE as John





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