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Its 30 years since “Boys From The Black Stuff” June 20, 2012

Posted by irishelectionliterature in British Politics, Culture, Film and Television, Social History.

The full series and the pilot episode (and sure there’s no football on tonight to watch)

Episode 1 – “Jobs for the Boys”

Episode 2 – “Moonlighter”

Episode 3 -“Shop Thy Neighbour”

Episode 4 – “Yosser’s Story”

Episode 5 – “George’s last ride”

The pilot


1. Stephanie Lord - June 20, 2012

You should really include some kind of warning with this like, “There may be no football on tonight so you can watch this, but it’s really, really, really grim. No seriously. Really grim. I don’t think you quite get it….GRIM.”


WorldbyStorm - June 20, 2012


30 freaking years old, though. 30 years… 😦


Tel - June 20, 2012

By strange co-incidence I only watched the original film (probably the pilot above) last week. Great stuff indeed. I only had vague memories of it. It was originally shown as part of this – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Play_for_Today – which seems to have had tons of good films (some of which are still not widely available). I don’t think anything like it would be made today.

Yosser is a particularly interesting character – especially the way in which his contempt for/anger at his boss/life translates into both workplace militancy and would be entrepreneurship, does this reflect the mood of many at the time and something Thatcherism tapped into?

Also the scene with the hitcher is uncomfortably brilliant.


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3. Einde O'Callaghan - November 21, 2012

Brilliant series – unfortunately I can’t access the links – when I click on them I get a message saying that the videos are private


4. padraig66 - November 21, 2012

A brilliant series which shaped my adolescent mind !!


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