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Sex & Nudity

  • Lots of explicit sex scenes, both heterosexual and homosexual but no penetration shown.
  • Full-frontal nudity (male, flacid), including female nudity.

Violence & Gore

  • Frequent violence, normally moderate e.g. nasty bruises/ bleeding nose or lip.


  • Constant swearing throughout e.g. 'fuck' and 'cunt'. A few milder profanities used too.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Lots of drinking and smoking of cigarettes/cannabis joints in every episode.
  • A family who are main characters (the maguires) are involved in crime business, including drug dealing.
  • Ecstasy is constantly used and sold behind the bar in the pub.
  • In season 3 (i think) and season 6, heroin addiction is a main theme. The injecting of it is shown and is quite graphic.
  • Cocaine is used occasionaly.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some of the heroin withdrawal scenes can be quite intense.
  • One or two of the murder/beating scenes can be intense.


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Violence & Gore

  • A few strongly violent scenes with lots of blood e.g. in season 6, when danny's father is beaten to death.

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