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Type
Scripted
Premiered
Jan. 15, 1996
Status
Completed/Ended
Runtime
90 min.
Country
UK
Network
BBC TWO TV Network

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Our Friends in the North (UK)

A nine part series depicting the varying fortunes of four friends from the optimistic times of 1964 to the uncertainties of 1995. Taking nine pivotal years, the personal lives of the characters become intertwined with the political struggles of their home town of Newcastle, and the capital, London. We also see the machinations behind the scenes that affect their lives, often for the worse: slum housing projects, police corruption, the rise of Thatcherism, and political sleaze.

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Last Episode

01x09 1995 Aired: Mar. 11, 1996

The year is 1995. Tosker and Elaine are opening a nightclub boat on the Tyne. When Tosker is reunited with Geordie, who has escaped from prison, …

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Completed/Ended
The show had 1 season and 9 episodes air in 1996.

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  • Gina McKee related strongly to many of the characters and story elements in the scripts and was very keen to play Mary, but the production team were initially uncertain whether it would be…
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    Gina McKee related strongly to many of the characters and story elements in the scripts and was very keen to play Mary, but the production team were initially uncertain whether it would be possible to age her up convincingly enough to portray the character in her 50s. McKee was concerned that she would not be given the part after she took part in an unsuccessful make-up test, where efforts to make her appear to be in her 50s resulted in her resembling a drag queen.
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  • After Stuart Urban had left the production and the decision had been taken to re-shoot some of the material he had completed with Pedr James directing, producer Charles Pattinson suggested to…
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    After Stuart Urban had left the production and the decision had been taken to re-shoot some of the material he had completed with Pedr James directing, producer Charles Pattinson suggested to Peter Flannery that the first episode should not simply be remade, but also rewritten. Flannery took the opportunity to completely change the opening storyline, introducing earlier the love story element between Nicky and Mary which was introduced in later episodes of the television version, but had not been part of the original play. Other storyline and character changes were also made with the new version of the first episode because it was the script that had most closely resembled the original stage play, and it was felt by Michael Wearing that the story could be expanded to a greater degree for television. Production of the new version of the opening episode took place in what was to have been a three-week break for the cast between production blocks. Gina McKee was initially very concerned about having her character's early life story changed when she had already based elements of her later performance on the previously-established version. Christopher Eccleston was also unhappy about the sudden changes. However, McKee did feel that the new version of episode one did eventually make for a much stronger opening to the story. Due to budgetary constraints, the production was not able to shoot the remounted scenes of episode one in the north-east, and they instead had to be filmed in and around Watford. Beach-set scenes were shot at Folkestone rather than Whitley Bay, which was obvious to locals on screen due to the presence of pebbles on the beach, which are not present at Whitley. This led to some critics mockingly referring to the production as Our Friends in the South.
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  • The miniseries was originally written by the playwright Peter Flannery for the theatre, while he was a writer in residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). The idea came to Flannery…
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    The miniseries was originally written by the playwright Peter Flannery for the theatre, while he was a writer in residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). The idea came to Flannery while he was watching the rehearsals for the company's production of Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2 at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1980; the scale of the plays inspired him to come up with his own historical epic.
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