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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny, 29 April 2003
This review is from: Our Friends In The North: 1964-1974 [VHS] [1996] (VHS Tape)
This series was developed out of a Royal Shakespeare Company production and it shows in the writing, acting and research. Although it's 'about' four friends, the real star of the films is England and its fight to get out of the mini dark ages that marred the middle of the 20th century. The first episode is a bit slow and can be skipped, thereafter each episode repays repeated viewing: the details are very well observed.
In this first set of tapes the main themes are the rise of Soho as a red light area, corruption in the police force, corruption in local government, slum housing and how to deal with the above in a political environment.
The friendship of the four friends often takes a back seat to history, it's much less of a soap opera than it's sold as on the box. I've seen the whole series several times and it doesn't pall: just don't be put off by the pacing of the first episode: it has the pace of a thriller by the fourth.
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2009 02:06:03 GMT
L. E. Hulett says:
couldn't agree more, watershed tv.
the last great tv series, political or otherwise, that was so engrossing and true, sad and brilliant.
it was what the bbc did best for a while - writing as true as you can get.
poignant, beautiful, tragic.

this from a disallusioned liberal in middle age who hasn't seen anything close snce

Posted on 25 Oct 2013 01:10:30 BDT
Mr Neville says:
The first episode is a bit slow and can be skipped? What are you on about? Nothing can be skipped.
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