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Fantastic TV. Brutal and honest.
on 31 March 2016
This is a tale of the horror and misery of life in the 1980's for those unfortunate enough to be unemployed (of which there were many millions) in Thatcher's Britain.
The story focuses on several men who are desperate to find work, based in Liverpool. Things rarely go well for these men, and they - and their families - constantly suffer from poverty and deprivation.
Liverpool in the 1980's was a destitute place, largely abandoned by the government. And this TV series conveys the hellish state of affairs that existed.
Each episode focuses on a particular character. It's amazing that, for most (not all), these characters still retain some joy in their lives.
This DVD set contains the full series. It also has the one-shot TV movie that preceded the series - called "The Blackstuff". This one-shot had most of the same characters in it, as they worked laying roads ('blackstuff'). Hence the TV series is about "the boys" from "The Blackstuff".
Excellent stuff. If you want to know what the 1980's was like for millions of working class people, watch this.