Boys from the Blackstuff

Boys from the Blackstuff (1982)

TV series that defined the depression-scarred 1980s Britain

  • Genre: Drama
  • Creator: Alan Bleasdale
  • First Air Date: 1982-10-10
  • Last Air Date: 1982-11-07
  • Total Seasons: 1
  • Total Episodes: 5
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 50 min.
  • Production Company: BBC
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Networks: BBC Two
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Alan Bleasdale's five-part series relates the further experiences of unemployed Liverpudlian tarmac layers Dixie, Chrissie, Loggo and Yosser, and their revered older friend, retired longshoreman and union leader, George Malone. As they struggle to make ends meet in a depressed economy, and to hold together their financially battered families, they are harrassed by the petty bureaucrats of the DHSS. But the lumbering investigational juggernaut is, both comically and tragically, guided by drivers with only a provisional license.

  • Keywords: northern england, miniseries, working class, unemployment
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    Boys from the Blackstuff Seasons

    Season 0

    First Air Date: 1980-11-09
    3 Episodes

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 1982-10-10
    5 Episodes

    Boys from the Blackstuff Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1Jobs for the Boys70 min
    Season 1Episode 2Moonlighter70 min
    Season 1Episode 3Shop Thy Neighbour70 min
    Season 1Episode 4Yosser's Story70 min
    Season 1Episode 5George's Last Ride70 min
    • Bernard Hill

      as Yosser Hughes
    • Michael Angelis

      as Chrissie Todd
    • Tom Georgeson

      as Dixie Dean
    • Alan Igbon

      as Loggo Logmond
    • Peter Kerrigan

      as George Malone
    • Gary Bleasdale

      as Kevin Dean
    • Julie Walters

      as Angie Todd
    • Jean Boht

      as Miss Sutcliffe
    • David Fleeshman

      as D.O.E Assistant Manager
    • David Ross

      as Donald Moss
    • David Neilson

      as Lawton
    • Shay Gorman

      as Molloy
    • Chris Darwin

      as Snowy Malone
    • Jean Heywood

      as Mary Malone
    • Tony Scoggo

      as Ritchie Malone
    • James Ellis

      as Wino
    • Clive Russell

      as Policeman
    • Paul Barber

      as Scotty
    • Tony Haygarth

      as Aich
    • Ricky Tomlinson

      as Doctor
    • Eileen O'Brien

      as Freda Dean
    • Sam Kelly

      as Pub Manager
    • Noreen Kershaw

      as Doctor
    • Struan Rodger

      as Father Dan Thomas
    • Karl Lornie

      as Danny Dean
    • Stephen Moss

      as Stephen Dean
    • Cheryl Leigh

      as Jackie Mills
    • Vince Earl

      as Jimmy Johnson
    • Gilly Coman

      as D.O.E Clerk
    • Bill Moores

      as Arthur
    • Martin Wyldeck

      as Marley
    • Jimmy Coleman

      as Docker
    • Syd Newmann

      as Laughing Cavalier
    • Nicola Hollinshead

      as Janet Dean
    • Jean Warren

      as Maureen Hughes
    • Joey Kaye

      as Electrician
    • Lloyd Peters

      as Morgan
    • Peter Christian

      as Moey
    • Nick Maloney

      as Rent Man
    • Lesley Nightingale

      as Veronica
    • Harry Goodier

      as Scarface Policeman
    • Jason Cunliffe

      as Boy with Air Gun
    • John Carr

      as John Malone
    • Iggy Navarro

      as Shake Hands
    • Al T. Kossy

      as Gnashers Llewellyn
    • Eric Granville

      as Glass Collector
    • James Culshaw

      as Police Driver
    • Doña Croll

      as Hospital Patient
    • Mike Hayden

      as Priest
    Sound Ilona Sekacz Music
    Production Michael Wearing Producer