This is England '88 looks like wonderful misery-fest again
Posted by Ed Williamson at 14:02 on 03 Dec 2011
Probably the best new British TV show of 2010 was Shane Meadows's This is England '86, which continued the story of his earlier film. It was hard-hitting, shocking and brilliantly acted, with a rich cast of characters you actually gave a shit about, as opposed to the usual cliched tropes you find in most British council-estate dramas. Far more satisfying than the original film, for my money. Not that I paid any to watch either.
Meadows said at the time he was planning more, and here's a welcome little end-of-year surprise: This is England '88 is on Channel 4 for three one-hour episodes on 13-15 December. Christmas cheer - well OK, more like misery, but awesome misery - for all!
If you didn't catch This is England '86 last year, you must immediately drop everything you're doing, even if driving a heavy-goods vehicle at high speeds, and watch its four episodes on 4OD.
Trailer me up, Channel 4. And for American readers (I think we have three or four): yes, that's Al Capone. This is how he actually talks.