'Our Friends In The North' is the biggest and most ambitious contemporary serial ever produced for BBC 2, an epic drama spanning 30 years in the lives of four Georgie friends and the world that shaped them. The eleven hours took forty weeks to film and feature a cast of thousands, with 160 speaking parts and 3000 extras, exploring three decades of corruption, vice, violence and collapsing ethical standards in Britain's corridors of power from 1964 to 1995.
aka The Cray Way
- Our Friends in the North review by JD
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Not much about the north. This is a drama set in the Cray twins era brimming with violence extortion and corruption. The acting is good but there is far too much brutality for me to enjoy it. I did not bother with episodes 4 - 9. Recommended if you think Layer Cake should be a PG certificate.
"It's hard on the little people" as Bernie says in one epsiode, and his words could be the subtitle for this series. An epic story of ordinary people caught up in the sweeping changes and murky underworld of three decades, the series is generally true to historical events, which enhance the credibility of the characters and plot. Within this framework, the four principals work out their issues to a moving conclusion. Thoroughly recommended.