Grafters (ITV 1998-1999, Robson Green, Stephen Tompkinson)

Grafters follows Geordie (ie from Newcastle) brothers Joe and Trevor Purvis as they try to make a success of their house renovating business in London.

As the series opens Joe (Green), who is a real womanising Jack the Lad, has just scored a major build down in the smoke, restoring a run down Victorian house for well off yuppies Paul and Laura (Neil Stuke and Emily Joyce); He has, somewhat reluctantly, taken his out of work brother Trevor into the business with him. Unfortunately Trevor doesn’t know a great deal about building.

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The duo, more by good luck than management, manage to make a go of the business and in the second season up the ante somewhat by taking on a majorly over ambitious project turning an old school into a block of luxury apartments.

Robson Green as Joe Purvis
Stephen Tompkinson as Trevor Purvis
Darren Morfitt as Simon Purvis
Emily Joyce as Laura (1998)
Neil Stuke as Paul (1998)
Marian McLoughlin as Pippa
Will Parker as Sam
Eva Pope as Janice (1998)
Tracey Wilkinson as Karen (1998)
James Gaddas as Ray (1998)

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crew details
Creator: Michael Chaplin
Theme Music: Ray Lockhart
Producer: Helen Gregory

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – Granada – Coastal
Duration: 16×50 minute episodes
Aired From: 27 October 1998 – 20 December 1999

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