(poster for the 2007 film This is England)
From fun loving fatties with bowl hairdo's and baggy jeans, snorting whizz at the town hall discos in 'spring', to becoming part of the loved up masses as they batter E's with thousands of new brothers and sisters in fields, forests & factories of England during the 'summer' of love.
Gazza’s tears. Hubble’s launch. Saddam’s invasion. Mandela’s release. This is 1990. This is England. And Lol, Woody, Shaun, Milky, Smell, Gadget, Harvey, Kell, Trev and Combo are back for the final chapter of Shane Meadows’ multi award-winning landmark series, which has started shooting in Sheffield.
It’s two years on since the less-than-festive Christmas of ‘88, with some of the gang embracing the new decade with more gusto than others. But a lot can happen in a year, and in true This is England style, the second summer of love soon gives way to a winter of discontent.
Shane Meadows says: “We will see an enormous transformation in the lives of our cast over these final four stories as Shaun writes his final chapter with the gang he loves.”
Piers Wenger, Channel 4 Head of Drama, says: “We might feel like we’ve grown up with Lol, Woody, Shaun and the gang but what Shane has planned for them in these final four parts will ensure that they are in our hearts forever.”
This is England ’90 is written by Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne, directed by Shane Meadows and produced by Mark Herbert and Bekki Wray-Rogers. The Warp Films production shoots on location in and around Sheffield.
The 4 x 60 minute series was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Channel 4 Head of Drama, with Roberto Troni Commissioning Editor.
This is England ’90 will TX on Channel 4 in 2015.
- Channel 4 press release