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Our Friends in the North, UK TV Series, 1996 IMDB

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Also known as:

  • Pohjoiset ystävämme (Finland)
  • Наши друзья на севере (Russia)

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bent8rover UK

2007-04-25 12:04

Daniel Craig, Gina McKee, Christopher Ecclestone, Mark Strong
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-- Last edit: 2023-09-19 04:15:43 (dsl)

dsl SX

2013-10-30 00:12

Replaced b8r's pics and added new pages for ep1; then opened eps2-9.
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Ambitious epic 9-part TV series following the lives of 4 friends from Newcastle from 1964 to 1995. Each episode has a fixed year, which should determine the cut-off point for visible vehicles (but there are some errors and approximations):
Ep1 - 1964
Ep2 - 1966
Ep3 - 1967
Ep4 - 1970
Ep5 - 1974
Ep6 - 1979
Ep7 - 1984
Ep8 - 1987
Ep9 - 1995.
Many of those years match UK election dates, which is one of the themes through the series. Well worth watching - so many excellent characters and storylines. Very anti-Thatcher, but also a useful reminder of how ineffective Labour was in the 70s/80s/early 90s. Also a bleak view of corruption (Newcastle housing, London Met police, parliamentary lobbying) among several other themes.

Ep1 blue tractor on Whitley Bay beach at night:
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No other view, but made me think of RNLI beach tractor as /vehicle_592495-Fowler-Challenger-III-RNLI-1954.html and discussion.

Ep2 stock footage for "1966" - the BOAC hoarding on right means before 1974:
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Ep8 "1987" football results:
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Planes for impdb, ep5 "1974", stock footage:
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dsl SX

2013-10-30 01:56

As a postscript, one game to play through the series is to watch how some characters progress through life between the episodes according to the cars they use. For example Tosker's is a steady rise:
Ep4 J4 van
Ep6 Granada Ghia Mk1
Ep8 Merc 500 SEL
Ep9 Bentley something flash

However Nicky's sequence starts with the best and then fluctuates up and down as the years pass:
Ep2 a mighty Hillman Minx
Ep4 VW Beetle
Ep7 Toyota Tercel (his low point, but rises again to)
Ep8 Saab 900i (and then drops a bit to)
Ep9 Mondeo GLX

... and Roy the big chief policeman rises and falls
Ep2 early Rover 105
Ep2 late VdP 3-Litre (but plummets to)
Ep4 Maxi
.. and by ep6 he's reduced to sitting on an allotment, wearing a flat cap and growing leeks.

sixcyl FR

2013-12-03 22:33

Aircraft at:

dsl SX

2022-09-12 17:11

About to be repeated on BBC4 for anyone interested. It's worth trying.

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