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6 x 50 minute episodes
The story of Johnny Jarvis (Mark Farmer) – a young boy growing up in the early years of Thatcher‘s Britain, told from the perspective of his best friend Alan Lipton (Ian Sears).
The six-part BBC series follows their relationship from its beginnings in 1977 when Alan makes it his mission to befriend Johnny, through school, exams and into early adulthood with Jake (Maurice Colbourne), Alan’s mysterious father, and Stella (Johanna Hargreaves) the purple-haired love interest.
Their relationships are set against classic British eighties themes such as unemployment, racism, drugs, gang violence, and Alan’s growing lack of compassion for those around him.
Rev. David Sales