Sensoria are pleased to welcome writer Peter Flannery, actor Christopher Eccleston and Ian Neil, Director of Music for Film and TV, Sony to discuss how Our Friends in the North became such a successful production, whether the themes still have resonance and to compare with current developments in TV drama in a digital age. Moderated by Martin Carter, Sheffield Hallam University.
This event features a screening of Episode 1 for 1hour 10 minutes and a panel discussion after the screening. Due to Christopher Eccleston's work committments he is endeavouring to get to the event but may join the event later in the evening.
2016 sees the 20th anniversary of the critically acclaimed BBC television series, Our Friends in the North. This seminal TV serial ostensibly charted the course of the lives of 4 friends from Newcastle from 1964 to 1995 (each with its own soundtrack). Throughout the nine episodes, the personal lives of the characters became intertwined with political struggles in their hometown and London. The Guardian rated it the third greatest television drama of all time and it also helped launch the acting careers of now-major figures in the industry including Daniel Craig, Gina McKee, Mark Strong and Christopher Eccleston. The backdrop of issues explored includes social housing, political and police corruption and the rise of Thatcherism.
But far from just celebrating the milestone, this well-crafted and brilliantly acted drama feels as relevant and poignant today as two decades ago – and also provides an opportunity to explore the current landscape of TV drama.