Why Our Friends in the North still thrills 25 years on

Why Our Friends in the North still thrills 25 years on
An incredible cast – from Daniel Craig to Gina McKee – and Shakespearean narrative add up to make a modern classic

A few weeks ago, I found myself comparing BBC Two’s Industry to a show that came before it. Not Succession. Or This Life. Instead, I compared it to Our Friends in the North.

Our Friends in the North has just turned 25. And, in places, it shows. The look of it – especially the wigs and the old-age makeup – is even more distracting than it was the first time around. Looking at the cast from the distance of a quarter of a century is similarly odd. Many of them have become global superstars in the intervening years, and taken on fixed celebrity personas, that at times it feels as if the only sensible way to watch Our Friends in the North is through a baby monitor.
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