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Boys From The Black Stuff concentrates on a different character in each episode. The episodes are brilliantly balanced with humour and heartbreaking tragedy. The dialogue, the acting, the situations - in fact, everything about this series - is mind-blowing; the only thing to stand against it is that it may look a bit dated to some viewers with direction and music placing it firmly at the start of the 80s, but for anyone who lived through this time and place, it is a depressingly authentic but beautiful account.
Liverpool was once the greatest port in the greatest empire in the world; Boys From The Black Stuff shows the dead end result of year's of neglect from a southern government. The suffering of the ex-dockers, the dereliction of docks, the loss of identity and purpose crippling the unemployed are recalled as much as recreated by Bleasdale. Twenty years later, it still hurts to watch it in the same way that a conscience should hurt; twenty years on, the Albert Dock is not the deserted wreck it is in the last episode, instead it is a Maritime Museum with mannequin dockers and an modern art gallery sponsored by a sugar company that used to employ dockers - not sure which is better.