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Boys from the Blackstuff 

Five unemployed men would do anything just to have a job in Thatcher's Britain.




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Series cast summary:
Michael Angelis ...  Chrissie Todd 5 episodes, 1982
Bernard Hill ...  Yosser Hughes 5 episodes, 1982
Alan Igbon ...  Loggo Logmond 5 episodes, 1982
Peter Kerrigan Peter Kerrigan ...  George Malone 5 episodes, 1982
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ...  Dixie Dean 3 episodes, 1982
Gary Bleasdale Gary Bleasdale ...  Kevin Dean 3 episodes, 1982
Timothy Bleasdale Timothy Bleasdale ...  Jason Hughes 3 episodes, 1982
Shay Gorman Shay Gorman ...  Malloy 3 episodes, 1982
Tamana Bleasdale Tamana Bleasdale ...  Anne Marie Hughes 3 episodes, 1982
Jamie Bleasdale Jamie Bleasdale ...  Dustin Hughes 3 episodes, 1982
David Fleeshman David Fleeshman ...  D.O.E. - Assistant Manager 2 episodes, 1982
David Ross David Ross ...  D.O.E. - Donald Moss 2 episodes, 1982
Cheryl Leigh Cheryl Leigh ...  D.O.E. - Jackie Mills 2 episodes, 1982
David Neilson ...  D.O.E. - Lawton 2 episodes, 1982
Gilly Coman Gilly Coman ...  D.O.E. - Dixie's Clerk Jean 2 episodes, 1982
Isa Dixon Isa Dixon ...  D.O.E. - George's Clerk / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Julie Walters ...  Angie Todd 2 episodes, 1982


Five unemployed men would do anything just to have a job in Thatcher's Britain.

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Release Date:

10 October 1982 (UK) See more »

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(5 episodes)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This series broke new ground for a major television drama in that it was shot almost entirely on videotape, using a new generation of portable video cameras that could be used more easily on-location. Yosser's story, however, was shot on 16mm film for artistic reasons. See more »


[recurring line]
Yosser Hughes: Gizza job! I can do that!
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Lets See it again!!
25 May 2006 | by plutus1947See all my reviews

Boys from the Blackstuff was first screened by the BBC in 1982.

It is in my opinion the finest drama series the BBC have ever produced. Poignant and emotive. There are not enough superlatives to describe this drama.

The script was second to none and Bleasdale's use of dialogue was excellent. Although the dialogue and setting was very disquieting for the most part, there were some lighter sides.

I have had the opportunity of seeing this series again recently, almost a quarter of a century since its first airing and to me it has lost nothing. I also feel that the latest generation of TV viewers would thoroughly enjoy watching this tremendous series.

Perhaps the BBC would consider re-screening Boys from the Blackstuff in 2007 in celebration of its 25th anniversary. I would not mind betting it would be in line for more awards.


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