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Shane Meadows returns with Christmas special: This Is England '88

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This Is England '86

Shane Meadows is set to follow up the explosive, This Is England '86 with a one off, two hour Christmas Special, This Is England '88 for transmission in December 2011

Commissioned by Head of Drama, Camilla Campbell and in a first for the channel, the feature length special will see Meadows pick up the action in the Christmas of 1988. With the gang all back, the central relationship between Lol (Vicky McLure) and Woody (Joe Gilgun) will be the main focus around which the story will unfold.

And while, Cliff may have been at No 1 during the festive season with Mistletoe and Wine, will it be a time for trusting and no deceiving, a time of love and laughter and joy ever after? This is England. This is Christmas.

Shane Meadows says; "A bit like Al Pacino in Godfather III. Just when I think my love affair with This is England is over, it pulls me back in"

Camilla Campbell, Head of Drama says " This Is England '86 was the highest rating original drama series launch ever seen on C4 and we're beyond excited that Shane, Warp Films and the cast have agreed to return with this feature length drama. It is set to pull together a lot of story threads from '86, leaving the way clear for a new series of This Is England '90 which is currently in development."

This Is England '88 will be directed by Shane Meadows, written by Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne, produced by Mark Herbert and Warp Films. Filming in Spring 2011.

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