I have fond memories of Scully, from when it was first shown on Channel 4 back in 1984. I was in the midst of studying for exams (that wasn't the fond memory that I was referring to!) and one of the brief respites from the tedium of revision, was the weekly episode of Alan Bleasdale's now classic comedy / drama.
Over the course of 7 weeks, I became totally engrossed in the escapades, the ups and the downs in the life of the lovable scouser.
Andrew Schofield is absolutely note perfect in his portrayal of Francis Scully who longs to become a professional footballer and who has vivid daydreams that usually involve Kenny Dalglish appearing when he least expects it!
Equally memorable (and hilariously so) is his dimwitted best friend, Mooey, played by Ray Kingsley.
The series also features a strong supporting cast, including Mark McGann, Cathy Tyson, Jean Boht, Tom Georgeson, Gilly Coman, Tony Haygarth and Elvis Costello (as Scully's brother, obsessed with listening to train noises on his cassette recorder!)
Although the series is generally regarded as a comedy, it's not without its pathos, especially in the last episode. In spite of his attempts to break away from his working class background, Scully just can't seem to stay out of trouble, whether it be with the local police (Isaiah) or 'Dracula' the school caretaker (and his assistant 'Castanets').
There's some moments I've always remembered from when I first saw the series over 20 years ago: The scene when Scully goes on a date with Marie and overdoes it with the talcum powder is a classic. Possibly one of the funniest things in the entire series is when Mooey falls through the ceiling and lands on the table, covered in dust and debris, right in the middle of a seance.
I've been waiting a LONG time for this series to appear on DVD, having watched a ropey old copy that I taped off the TV some years ago. It's good to finally have a copy that looks as good as the original broadcasts. Sure, the image on the DVD could be a little sharper, but this is Scully as I remember it and love it and I wouldn't have it any other way.