Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Thomas Turgoose returns

Thomas Turgoose is to return as his character Shaun when Shane Meadows makes his first foray into television with a sequel to his award-winning film This Is England for Channel 4.

Meadows will co-write 4 x 60-minute drama serial We Were Faces with Jack Thorne (The Scouting Book for Boys, Skins), with filming scheduled to begin next spring.

This Is England, which picked up several awards including the 2008 Bafta for Best British Film, centred on young skinheads in the summer of 1983. It followed 12-year-old Shaun, played by Thomas Turgoose, and his acceptance into a group of skinheads, which is eventually split by a growing racist influence.

We Were Faces revists the main characters – Shaun, Woody and Lol – in 1986, when the World Cup was taking place in Mexico, Chris de Burgh held the number one slot and 3.4 million were unemployed in Britain.

As Shaun sits his last school exam, the realisation dawns that he will have to find his own way in the world. But friends including Woody, Lol, Smell, Gadget and Pukey are around looking for love, laughs and a job.

All the main cast, including Turgoose, are expected to return.

Meadows, who has helmed movies such as Twentyfoureven, Dead Man’s Shoes and A Room for Romeo Brass, said: “When I finished This is England, I had a wealth of material and unused ideas that I felt very keen to take further.

“Audiences seemed to really respond to the characters we created and out of my long-standing relationship with Film 4 and Channel 4 the idea for a television serial developed.

“Not only did I want to take the story of the gang broader and deeper, I also saw in the experiences of the young in 1986 many resonances to new – recession, lack of jobs, sense of the world at a turning point.

“Whereas the film told part of the story, the TV serial will tell the rest.”

Commissioned by C4 head of drama Liza Marshall, it will be made by Warp Films with Mark Herbert as series producer and Derrin Schlesinger as producer.

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