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Alive and Kicking 

Stevie "Smudger" Smith and his wife Marie are both addicted to drugs; he's also a dealer. The day he 'deals with' another dealer, she gives birth to a baby. The baby appears to be addicted ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Young

Writer:

Al Ashton (as Al Hunter Ashton)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lenny Henry ... Stevie 'Smudger' Smith
Robbie Coltrane ... Liam Kane
Annabelle Apsion ... Marie
Geff Francis Geff Francis ... Barry Serradilla
Jillie Meers Jillie Meers ... Midwife
Fintan McKeown ... Doctor
Jane Horrocks ... Gail
Beresford Le Roy Beresford Le Roy ... Leroy
Hakeem Kae-Kazim ... Jerome
Cecilia Marquis Cecilia Marquis ... Jenny
Mark Anthony Newman Mark Anthony Newman ... Dexter
Imogen Boorman ... Hayley Forbes-Clinton
Faith Tingle Faith Tingle ... Shirley
Ewen Cummins Ewen Cummins ... Clyde
Cal MacAninch ... Axle
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Stevie "Smudger" Smith and his wife Marie are both addicted to drugs; he's also a dealer. The day he 'deals with' another dealer, she gives birth to a baby. The baby appears to be addicted too and Marie decides to give up the habit. Because Stevie doesn't want to give up using and dealing drugs, they take Marie and the baby away from him. The new, tough, social worker Liam Kane tries to get Stevie in his group sessions, by using his violent approach and by telling him it's the only way he'll ever see Marie and the baby back. So there seems to be hope to get Stevie clean, if only he wants to himself. That things aren't that easy is shown by the drugs addicted hooker Gail, who's satisfied with the life she leads. Written by Gidi Kroon <G.V.Kroon@el.utwente.nl>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1991 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A TV series worth releasing as DVD
7 December 2013 | by vanessa-scott-1See all my reviews

I remember watching this on British TV many years ago. At the time I thought the choice of two comedy actors - Lenny Henry and Robbie Coltrane - seemed a little absurd. However, at the time nobody really realised how much talent the two of them had as "straighr" actors. It was a revelation when they were able to show their true abilities as actors. What can I say, Robbie went on to Cracker and Harry Potter, and Lenny went on to Hope and Glory. Both have shown that there is far more to their talent than comedy. I have endlessly searched for a possible DVD release of Alive and Kicking but as yet without any success. Please BBC, this series must be added to your list of quality productions and is a golden oldie which definitely deserves to be remembered and have a second life as a DVD.


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