Not one to avoid negative stereotypes, Ian Pattison, award-winning writer of Rab C. Nesbitt, set his sights on Newcastle for the razor-sharp comedy drama Breeze Block.
Tim Healy (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet) stars as downtrodden patriarch Ralph Breeze, an unemployed ex-factory worker who can barely face leaving the house and spends most of his days questioning his own sanity.
His wife Iris (Su Elliott) would like a job in the local supermarket but can’t get the hang of the till. So it’s a good job their three kids are working – Carol (Alison Mac) at the local fishmongers; Eric (David Nellist) as a window cleaner and Billy (Craig Heaney) as a gigolo because it beats signing on.
Other famous Geordie appearances come from Donna Air (Big Breakfast) and Ross Noble, as the Breeze’s nutty neighbours Kiki and Trevor, and Jayne Middlemiss.
UK / BBC Choice / 6×30 minutes / Broadcast 4 March – 8 April 2002
Writer: Ian Pattison / Music: The Way Out / Executive Producers: Ian Pattison, Geoffrey Perkins / Producer: Stephen McCrum / Director: John Stroud
Tim Healy as Ralph Breeze
Su Elliott as Iris Breeze
David Nellist as Eric Breeze
Alison Mac as Carol Breeze
Craig Heaney as Billy Breeze
Berwick Kaler as Tommy Breeze
Mark Benton as Mr Shields
Jill Halfpenny as Gail