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One of the great TV dramas,
This review is from: Boys from the Blackstuff [DVD] (DVD)
Boys from the Blackstuff is quite simply one of the most powerful dramas to have been televised. Appearing during a period of intense social strife in Britain, as Thatcher’s politics crashed against the class values and social constructs of post-war Britain, the series encapsulated the pain, anger and loss of the victims.
Bleasdale’s writing is spot-on, and is fantastically acted by the cast; I still remember the state of shock I was in when I first saw Julie Walters and “our Lucian” Michael Angelis argue and fight; such pain, such anger, a dialogue so authentic you can hardly believe it wasn’t real, and so brilliantly portrayed. I wonder if films such as Billy Elliott and The Full Monty would exits if it hadn’t been for this series.
Yosser Hughes is one of the most enduring and affecting characters; you don’t know whether to hate him or hate those partly responsible for the mess he gets in, dragging his kids around and taking on the unforgettable “shake ‘ands”. Very far removed from Théoden King!
The dvd is passable, the original play being quite a bonus, and if anything the lack of hi-tech gizmos and a rather poor soundtrack help to give a timeworn feel to the plays which put them firmly in an early-‘80s feel. But for lovers of great, gripping drama and of British social history, this series is a must.