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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  • Much use was made throughout the production of contemporaneous popular music to evoke the feel of the year in which each episode was set. The BBC's existing agreements with various music…
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    Much use was made throughout the production of contemporaneous popular music to evoke the feel of the year in which each episode was set. The BBC's existing agreements with various music publishers and record labels meant that the production team were easily able to obtain the rights to use most of the songs that they desired. A particular piece of synchronicity occurred in the final episode, 1995, which James Cellan Jones had decided to close with the song "Don't Look Back in Anger" by Oasis (II). While the serial was in production, it was just another track from their (What's the Story) Morning Glory? album. However, during transmission, it was released as a single and to Jones' delight it was at the top of the UK Singles Chart in the week of the final episode's transmission.
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  • The episode titles "1964", "1966", "1967", "1970", "1974", "1979", "1984", "1987" and "1995" were the years in which the action took place. Many of these (1964, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1979 and…
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    The episode titles "1964", "1966", "1967", "1970", "1974", "1979", "1984", "1987" and "1995" were the years in which the action took place. Many of these (1964, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1979 and 1987) were years in which General Elections took place in the UK, against which the events of the episodes were set.
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  • The original three-hour long theatre version, directed by John Caird and featuring Jim Broadbent and Roger Allam among the cast, was produced by the RSC in 1982. It initially ran for a week…
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    The original three-hour long theatre version, directed by John Caird and featuring Jim Broadbent and Roger Allam among the cast, was produced by the RSC in 1982. It initially ran for a week at The Other Place in Stratford before touring to the city in which it was set, Newcastle upon Tyne, and then playing at The Pit, a studio theatre in the Barbican Centre in London. In its original form, the story went up only to the 1979 general election and the coming to power of the new Conservative government under Margaret Thatcher. The play also contained a significant number of scenes set in Rhodesia, chronicling UDI, the oil embargo and the emergence of armed resistance to white supremacy. This plot strand was dropped from the televised version, although the title Our Friends in the North - a reference to how staff at BP in South Africa referred to the Rhodesian government of Ian Smith - remained.
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