Tuesday, January 25, 2011

This Is England '88

Shane Meadows confirmed at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards that there will be a feature length follow-up to This Is England '86.

The two-hour drama will be set during Christmas 1988 and is to be broadcast on Channel 4 over the festive period at the end of this year. It will begin filming in the spring.

Meadows first introduced his group of young people growing up in the Midlands in the 1980s in the 2006 Film4-backed movie This Is England, which starred Thomas Turgoose, and then followed it up with the four-part Channel 4 drama This Is England '86 last year.

"I've never done a follow-up to something I've made as a film but there was something about This Is England, meeting Thomas Turgoose and the whole cast. We got as close as I have ever got to a family in this film," he said at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards today.

He added as well as This Is England '88, he hoped to make another follow-up set in 1990.

Meadows will direct and co-write again with Jack Thorne, whose credits include Skins, The Scouting Book for Boys and Cast Offs.

This Is England '86 won the award for best TV drama at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

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