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The Street 

Series of one-off dramas, each focusing on a different house within the same street.

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Jimmy McGovern
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Series cast summary:
Timothy Spall ...  Eddie McEvoy 9 episodes, 2006-2009
Ger Ryan ...  Margie McEvoy / ... 6 episodes, 2006-2009
Lee Ingleby ...  Sean O'Neill / ... 6 episodes, 2006
Christine Bottomley ...  Yvonne O'Neill 6 episodes, 2006
Julia Ford ...  Roz Morgan 5 episodes, 2007
Neil Dudgeon ...  Brian Peterson 4 episodes, 2006
Mark Benton ...  Wayne Taylor 4 episodes, 2007
Vincent Regan ...  Charlie Morgan 4 episodes, 2007
Gerard Fletcher Gerard Fletcher ...  PC Fraser / ... 4 episodes, 2006-2009
James Varley ...  David McEvoy / ... 3 episodes, 2006-2009
Jonas Armstrong ...  Nick / ... 3 episodes, 2009
Linzey Cocker ...  Leanne McEvoy / ... 3 episodes, 2006-2009
Melanie Hill ...  Val Taylor 3 episodes, 2007
Toby Kebbell ...  Paul Billerton 3 episodes, 2007
Bruce McGregor Bruce McGregor ...  Police Sergeant / ... 3 episodes, 2006-2009
Jim Broadbent ...  Stan McDermott 3 episodes, 2006
Richard Sinnott Richard Sinnott ...  Doctor 3 episodes, 2006-2009
Kirsty Leigh Porter ...  Ellie / ... 3 episodes, 2006-2009
David Schofield ...  John Roberts 3 episodes, 2006-2007
Archie Kelly Archie Kelly ...  Father Joe Mills / ... 3 episodes, 2006-2007
Dean McGonagle Dean McGonagle ...  Jamie Quinn 3 episodes, 2006
Jane Horrocks ...  Angela Quinn 2 episodes, 2006
Alexandra Pearson Alexandra Pearson ...  Katy Quinn 2 episodes, 2006
Daniel Ryan ...  Arthur Quinn 2 episodes, 2006
Shaun Dooley ...  Peter Harper 2 episodes, 2006
Anna Friel ...  Dee 2 episodes, 2009
Matt Smith ...  Ian Hanley 2 episodes, 2007
Bob Hoskins ...  Paddy Gargan 2 episodes, 2009
Frances Barber ...  Lizzie Gargan 2 episodes, 2009
Stephen Graham ...  Shay Ryan 2 episodes, 2009
Nicholas Moss ...  Freddie / ... 2 episodes, 2007-2009
Ted Robbins Ted Robbins ...  Ken 2 episodes, 2007-2009
Emily Beecham ...  Gemma 2 episodes, 2009
Kieran Bew ...  Gary Parr 2 episodes, 2007
Gina McKee ...  Jan Parr 2 episodes, 2007
Lorraine Ashbourne ...  Cath Hanley 2 episodes, 2007
Ian Mercer ...  Richard Watts 2 episodes, 2007
Ruth Jones ...  Sandra 2 episodes, 2009
Jody Latham Jody Latham ...  Billy Roberts 2 episodes, 2006
Ruth McCabe ...  Mary 2 episodes, 2006
Eamonn Riley Eamonn Riley ...  P.C. Jones 2 episodes, 2006
Lorcan Cranitch ...  Danny Parr 2 episodes, 2007
Adam Beresford Adam Beresford ...  Luke Morgan 2 episodes, 2007
Will Tacey Will Tacey ...  Headmaster 2 episodes, 2007
Pauline Daniels Pauline Daniels ...  Effing Nellie 2 episodes, 2006-2007
Mary Cunningham Mary Cunningham ...  Magistrate 2 episodes, 2006
Parvez Qadir Parvez Qadir ...  Defence Solicitor / ... 2 episodes, 2006
Jordan Hill Jordan Hill ...  Jack 2 episodes, 2009
Dean Andrews ...  Cleggy 2 episodes, 2007
Sam Lenthall Sam Lenthall ...  Luke 2 episodes, 2009
Liam Boyle ...  Mick 2 episodes, 2006-2007
Richard Oldham Richard Oldham ...  Paramedic 2 episodes, 2007-2009
Sebastian Shaw Sebastian Shaw ...  Colin / ... 2 episodes, 2007-2009
William Travis William Travis ...  Police Officer 2 episodes, 2006-2007
Andrew Grose Andrew Grose ...  Policeman 2 episodes, 2007-2009
Mark Barnett Mark Barnett ...  Hospital Porter 2 episodes, 2009
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Series of one-off dramas, each focusing on a different house within the same street.

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In the very first episode, PC Lewis was played by William Travis, but the credits mistaken the actor real name with William Lewis, his characters surname instead. See more »

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A marathon of misery, so broadly drawn and poorly done it never hits home as realistically as it wants
26 November 2006 | by liquidcelluloid-1See all my reviews

Network: BBC America; Genre: Drama; Content Rating: TV-MA (strong language, sexual content); Perspective: Contemporary (star range: 1 - 4);

Season Reviewed: season 1

Jimmy McGovern's suburban England based anthology drama is advertised by BBC America with the slogan "Everyone is connected by something". After watching season 1, each episode telling a catastrophic story from the lives of various families on the street, I can't help but come to the conclusion that that connection is misery.

I don't want my TV to be happy all the time. Great TV lifts up the rock facade of life and exposes the slimy worms and ugly reality underneath. With a wiff of "American Beauty", and not to be confused with the pop American satire "Desperate Housewives", cheers to this show for taking the more difficult path. For committing to entire scenes of couples in knock-down-drag-out screaming fights. Even bigger cheers for going where other shows don't have the care or guts to, up into a child's bedroom as she lays awake listening to her parents fight.

"Street" has all the pieces for another cringing piece of British brilliance, but a slow realization occurs after several episodes: McGovern can only tell the story with such a heavy hand that it becomes a relentlessly unpleasant trial. Dramas like "The Sopranos" contain brutally realistic domestic fights, but also have palette cleansing moments. That isn't all they are, but that is all "The Street" is. It has no other mood. Here, the characters don't have one or two brutally realistic fights; the hour is packed with them. So much so that we become numb to it all and repulsed by the sound of it. Likewise, the characters are broadly drawn clichés that can offer us nothing in the way of originality or insight. Nobody seems reasonable; everybody behaves specifically at the service of the story.

It works like this. A couple is having an affair, a boy steals a pair of tennis shoes, a women is being abused by her husband or, in the relatively best episode, a man peeing in the park is mistaken for a flasher by a young girl. Then we watch for an hour as their lives are taken from them, they spiral out of control, their friends, family and community alienating them, they suffering one crushing defeat after another. Each story hits a single note and then proceeds to keep hitting it for the rest of the hour.

The real kick in the teeth are the unbelievable happy endings. After slogging through an hour of depressing angst, we are given a 30 to 60 second button at the end that is supposed to make us all feel relieved. The endings feel like tacked-on after thoughts. Nothing was learned, no revelations where made.

As much as I tried to give "The Street" the benefit of the doubt, I just can't see a single redeeming quality in it. Ugly, obnoxious, manipulative. It is the opposite of entertainment. A marathon of narcissistic pain and contrived bad luck made all the more punishing by the show's complete and total inability to tell a story on its most basic levels. Dud.

* / 4


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(6 episodes)

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