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
- Daniel Craig was a late auditionee for the role of Geordie, and at the audition performed the Geordie accent very poorly. He still won the part.
- Benny Barrett was based on real life Soho gangster and porn baron James Humphreys.
- 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…
[show]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.