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.
Last Episode01x09 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, …
Series Fun Facts
- In 1982, Michael Wearing first approached Peter Flannery about adapting his play for television. He proposed a four-part television serial for BBC Two, with each episode to be fifty minutes…
[show]In 1982, Michael Wearing first approached Peter Flannery about adapting his play for television. He proposed a four-part television serial for BBC Two, with each episode to be fifty minutes long and the Rhodesian strand dropped for practical reasons. A change of executives meant that the project did not reach production, however Wearing persisted in trying to get it commissioned, and Flannery extended the serial to six episodes, one for each United Kingdom general election from 1964 to 1979. However, by this point in the mid-1980s Michael Grade was Director of Programmes for BBC Television, and he had no interest in the project.
- Christopher Eccleston and Daniel Craig later costarred in Elizabeth.
- Christopher Eccleston and Gina McKee were both born in 1964, the year the first episode is set.