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British Drama: Boys from the Blackstuff

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PILOT

(1980)




PILOT

THE BLACK STUFF

Originally broadcast: 2 January 1980
Directed by: Jim Goddard
Written by: Alan Bleasdale
A gang of Scousers head to Middlesbrough for a tarmac laying job, two gypsies manage to turn Yosser's head with talk of some work on the side, and Dixie struggles to deal with the constant demands of the job.
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STANDALONE SPECIAL

(1981)

STANDALONE SPECIAL

THE MUSCLE MARKET

Originally broadcast: 13 January 1981
Directed by: Jim Goddard
Written by: Alan Bleasdale
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Year: 1982
Broadcaster: BBC
Genre: Drama
Written by: Alan Bleasdale
Stars: Michael Angelis, Bernard Hill
Episodes: 5
Episode Average: 9.4
BEST EPISODE:
Yosser's Story (1982)
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BOYS FROM THE BLACKSTUFF

(1982)
5 episodes
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EPISODE 1

JOBS FOR THE BOYS

Originally broadcast: 10 October 1982
Directed by: Philip Saville
Written by: Alan Bleasdale
The Department of Employment try to sniff out cash-in-hand workers, Chrissie tries to get a proper job so he can go legal, and Yosser proves that his skills don't match his desire to make extra money.
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TOTAL: 10

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EPISODE 2

MOONLIGHTER

Originally broadcast: 17 October 1982
Directed by: Philip Saville
Written by: Alan Bleasdale
A bit of on the side security work comes with a little extra for turning a blind eye, Dixie's called in by the DoE to answer questions about his wife, and Kevin can't see the point of trying if he can't even get an interview.
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TOTAL: 8

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EPISODE 3

SHOP THY NEIGHBOUR

Originally broadcast: 24 October 1982
Directed by: Philip Saville
Written by: Alan Bleasdale
Being investigated for benefit fraud takes its toll on Chrissie's marriage, an offer of work comes from an extremely unwelcome source, and the gas being cut off only adds to a growing mountain of problems.
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TOTAL: 9

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EPISODE 4

YOSSER'S STORY

Originally broadcast: 31 October 1982
Directed by: Philip Saville
Written by: Alan Bleasdale
Yosser struggles to cope with the cards he's been dealt in life, Maureen confesses that she can't cope with the idea of looking after the kids, and social services find themselves getting more and more involved.
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TOTAL: 10

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EPISODE 5

GEORGE'S LAST RIDE

Originally broadcast: 7 November 1982
Directed by: Philip Saville
Written by: Alan Bleasdale
George refuses to stay cooped up in the hospital despite his deteriorating health, a visit to the docks allows one final chance to remember better times, and Chrissie wonders where it all went wrong.
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YOSSER
HUGHES

Played by Bernard Hill

FAMILY

WIFE

MAUREEN

Played by Jean Warren

KIDS
JASON (Timothy Bleasdale)
ANN-MARIE (Tamana Bleasdale)
DUSTIN (Jamie Bleasdale)
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CHRISSIE
TODD

Played by Michael Angelis

FAMILY

WIFE

ANGIE

Played by Julie Walters

KIDS
CLARE (Suzanne Harrison)
JUSTINE (Clare Kelly)
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LOGGO
LOGMOND

Played by Alan Igbon
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GEORGE
MALONE

Played by Peter Kerrigan

FAMILY

WIFE

MARY

Played by Jean Heywood

KIDS
RITCHIE (Tony Scoggo)
JOHN (John Carr)
SNOWY (Chris Darwin)
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DIXIE
DEAN

Played by Tom Georgeson

FAMILY

WIFE

FREDA

Played by Eileen O'Brien

KIDS
KEVIN (Gary Bleasdale)
DANNY (Karl Lonie)
JANET (Nicola Hollinshead)
STEPHEN (Stephen Moss)
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ALAN BLEASDALE

COLLECTION

The black stuff?
Tarmac.

The boys?
Five unemployed blokes from Liverpool.

If you've never seen it, see it.

From the pilot...

You can talk about the concrete and the boys who work the train,
And the fellas in the hopper in the sun and wind and rain,
But the boys who work the black stuff sure they're really rough and tough,
When they're working on the highway laying the old black stuff.

We laid it in the hollows and we laid it on the flat,
If it doesn't last forever then I swear I'll eat me hat,
I've travelled up and down the world I've rode the smooth and rough,
But there's not a surface equal to the old black stuff.

We've spread it in the summer and we rolled it nice and hot,
Two million yards or more of it and we had to roll the lot,
Blistered hands and melted backs will be our epitaph,
Working on the motor highway laying the old black stuff.

We laid it in the hollows and we laid it on the flat,
If it doesn't last forever then I swear I'll eat me hat,
I've travelled up and down the world I've rode the smooth and rough,
But there's not a surface equal to the old black stuff.

When you're riding in your motor car and tearing through the shires,
And the only thing you're hearing is the humming of the tires,
If you're riding nice and easy then a smile will be enough,
Fellas, don't forget the lads who laid the old black stuff.

We laid it in the hollows and we laid it on the flat,
If it doesn't last forever then I swear I'll eat me hat,
I've travelled up and down the world I've rode the smooth and rough,
But there's not a surface equal to the old black stuff.

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