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Our Friends in the North 

A nine part series depicting the varying fortunes of four friends, Nicky, Geordie, Mary, and Tosker, from the optimistic times of 1964 to the uncertainties of 1995. Taking nine pivotal ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Christopher Eccleston ...  Nicky Hutchinson 9 episodes, 1996
Mark Strong ...  Tosker Cox 9 episodes, 1996
Gina McKee ...  Mary Cox / ... 9 episodes, 1996
Daniel Craig ...  Geordie Peacock 8 episodes, 1996
Peter Vaughan ...  Felix Hutchinson 8 episodes, 1996
David Bradley ...  Eddie Wells 8 episodes, 1996
Freda Dowie ...  Florrie Hutchinson 7 episodes, 1996
Alun Armstrong ...  Austin Donohue 5 episodes, 1996
Malcolm McDowell ...  Benny Barratt 5 episodes, 1996
Danny Webb ...  Detective Inspector Ron Conrad / ... 4 episodes, 1996
David Schofield ...  Detective Chief Inspector John Salway / ... 4 episodes, 1996
Geoffrey Hutchings ...  John Edwards 4 episodes, 1996
Donald Sumpter ...  Commander Harold Chapple 4 episodes, 1996
Frank Couchman Frank Couchman ...  Patrick Soulsby 4 episodes, 1996
Daniel Casey ...  Anthony Cox 3 episodes, 1996
Rod Culbertson Rod Culbertson ...  Bede Connor 3 episodes, 1996
Tony Haygarth ...  Roy Johnson 3 episodes, 1996
Tracey Wilkinson ...  Elaine Cox / ... 3 episodes, 1996
Peter Jeffrey ...  Commissioner Colin Blamire / ... 3 episodes, 1996
John Dair John Dair ...  Charlie Dawson 3 episodes, 1996
Mark Drewry Mark Drewry ...  Michael Frisch 3 episodes, 1996
Louise Salter Louise Salter ...  Julia Allen 3 episodes, 1996
Anne Orwin ...  Mrs Weightman 3 episodes, 1996
Saskia Wickham Saskia Wickham ...  Claudia Seabrook 3 episodes, 1996
Val McLane Val McLane ...  Rita Cox 3 episodes, 1996
Tony Hodge Tony Hodge ...  Brian Cox 3 episodes, 1996
Julian Fellowes ...  Claud Seabrook 3 episodes, 1996
David Begg ...  Billy Shaughnessy 2 episodes, 1996
Terence Rigby ...  Berger 2 episodes, 1996
Trevor Fox Trevor Fox ...  Harry 2 episodes, 1996
Harriet Keevil Harriet Keevil ...  Helen Windsor 2 episodes, 1996
Craig Conway ...  Christopher Collins 2 episodes, 1996
Granville Saxton ...  Commissioner Jellicoe 2 episodes, 1996
Larry Lamb ...  Alan Roe 2 episodes, 1996
Leon Lissek ...  Walensky 2 episodes, 1996
Chris Walker Chris Walker ...  Detective Chief Inspector Paul Boyd 2 episodes, 1996
Andrew Grainger Andrew Grainger ...  Detective Constable Fred Black 2 episodes, 1996
Gavin Muir Gavin Muir ...  Father Kyle 2 episodes, 1996
Siobhan Burke Siobhan Burke ...  Lucille 2 episodes, 1996
Pete Lee-Wilson ...  Colin Butler 2 episodes, 1996
Elspeth Charlton Elspeth Charlton ...  Mrs Soulsby 2 episodes, 1996
Jack McBride Jack McBride ...  Mr Soulsby 2 episodes, 1996
Harry Herring Harry Herring ...  Arthur Watson 2 episodes, 1996
Sam Lathem Sam Lathem ...  Bouncer / ... 2 episodes, 1996


A nine part series depicting the varying fortunes of four friends, Nicky, Geordie, Mary, and Tosker, from the optimistic times of 1964 to the uncertainties of 1995. Taking nine pivotal years (1964, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1987, and 1995) 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, political sleaze, and specific events like the 1984 Miners' Strike. Written by Alasdair Mackenzie <a.mackenzie@sfxavier.ac.uk>

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"Three decades, four friends and the world that shaped their lives."


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Mark Strong mastered a Geordie accent by watching episodes of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983). See more »


Nicky Hutchinson: [to the driver how dropped him off, first lines] Cheers mate
Nicky Hutchinson: [In narration] Our story began, one summer night in 1964, as I cam back to see me friends. I could see now, 31 years later, we were all going to make decisions that would change our lives forever.
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A landmark British series
16 May 2005 | by rp-jSee all my reviews

This is truly one of the finest series to come out of Britain. It took writer Flannery 15 years to get the series made, and when it was eventually produced the UK channel BBC2 spent their entire drama budget for the year on it. However, it was a fine investment.

The lives of four friends from Newcastle are followed from 1964 to 1995, against a backdrop of massive social and political change. It says much for the quality of the writing and the performances of the principal actors that you find yourself getting heavily involved with the characters' lives and caring a great deal for them. The leads have gone on to further successes, but this series catches them all early in their careers, and on astonishing form.

It was, in hindsight, a good thing that it took so long to get the show made. Flannery's original play ended in 1980, but the elongated production process enabled him to write more and more about the characters' fortunes, and take them another 15 years into the future. The most changed character was Geordie, who served in the army in Rhodesia in the original play, but finds himself instead in swinging London in a strip club in the finished series.

Do yourself a favour. Pick up the DVD set, and savour 14 hours of top television. It will make you think, it will move you, and we will never see its like again.

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30 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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