OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTH – Looking Back In Anger?

OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTH - Looking Back In Anger?




7:30 pm - 10:45 pm


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Drama Studio, The University of Sheffield. See venue details and map...



Looking Back In Anger? – TV Drama Then and Now

Episode 1 screening + discussion

Sensoria are pleased to welcome writer Peter Flannery, actor Christopher Eccleston and Ian Neil, Director of Music for Film and TV, Sony to discuss how Our Friends in the North became such a successful production, whether the themes still have resonance and to compare with current developments in TV drama in a digital age. Moderated by Martin Carter, Sheffield Hallam University.

  • This event features a screening of Episode 1 (duration 1hour 10 minutes) followed by a panel discussion. Due to Christopher Eccleston’s work committments he is endeavouring to get to the event but may have to join us later in the evening. He is doing his utmost to be there but the event finish time is now 10.30 – 10.45pm.

2016 sees the 20th anniversary of the critically acclaimed BBC television series, Our Friends in the North. This seminal TV serial ostensibly charted the course of the lives of 4 friends from Newcastle from 1964 to 1995 (each with its own soundtrack). Throughout the nine episodes, the personal lives of the characters became intertwined with political struggles in their hometown and London. The Guardian rated it the third greatest television drama of all time and it also helped launch the acting careers of now-major figures in the industry including Daniel Craig, Gina McKee, Mark Strong and Christopher Eccleston. The backdrop of issues explored includes social housing, political and police corruption and the rise of Thatcherism.

But far from just celebrating the milestone, this well-crafted and brilliantly acted drama feels as relevant and poignant today as two decades ago – and also provides an opportunity to explore the current landscape of TV drama.

Related event – OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTH – Marathon Screening – Sunday 9th Oct

Arts Council England
British Council
Heritage Fund
Key Fund
Department for Culture, Media and Sport