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Such a letdown.And where have all the people gone ?
on 14 October 2016
An apocolyptic virus wipes out all mankind, except for the regular cast of `This is England 86` and the occasional other character, when the script demands. Well, this is what it felt like when watching this shambles of a production. Just how many `peopleless` scenes were there. Especially the scene when they visit their friend in hospital after his heart attack, and proceed to race wheelchairs down the corridors.No nurses, visitors, or other patients to be seen anywhere ! No wonder the NHS in such dire straits ! And it must be the quietest housing estate ever, no kids playing football, no old ladies in headscarfs gossiping, nobody walking the dog. And it must be great getting a seat on a bus down that way, because the only ones that ever used it were the `This is England` gang !
I loved the film, but this series was frankly such a lazy effort all round. It just seemed like the production staff just couldn`t be bothered to deal with anyone or anything else that may have provided a few challenges( ie. extras and more genuine busy location work ), other than the regular cast. And to this end it just felt like watching an old episode of 70s series `Survivors` where the cast are the only living beings on the planet. Except the `Survivors` was good. This definately isn`t.
For sufferers of Insomnia only, this dullfest of an excuse for drama will send you to sleep in no time, and save you a fortune on the Horlicks.
I was so dissapointed i have`nt bothered watching the two follow up series, though my sister did watch the first half hour of episode one `This is England 88` and then gave up, so perhaps thats crap too !