This Is England
About the Show
Shane Meadows' first ever television series revisits the characters from his multi-award-winning hit film, following the lives of Shaun, Lol, Woody and their gang of friends later in the 1980s
Series 1 Summary
Acclaimed filmmaker Shane Meadows makes his television directing debut with the much anticipated follow up to his BAFTA award-winning hit film, This Is England.
It's 1986 - the year that Maradona's hand ruins England's world cup dreams in Mexico; the year Top Gun is the highest grossing film; the year over 3.4 million Brits are unemployed, and the year Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) is leaving school.
On his own again after the gang was broken up by Combo's (Stephen Graham) terrifying acts of violence, hapless Shaun is a magnet for trouble. But a chance encounter reunites him with Woody (Joe Gilgun), Lol (Vicky McClure), Smell (Rosamund Hanson) and the others. The gang are back together and they're all looking for love, a laugh, a job and something that resembles a future.
Reuniting the original cast, the evocative, compelling and darkly funny British drama serial is co-written by Meadows and Jack Thorne (The Scouting Book for Boys), directed by Meadows and Tom Harper (Misfits).
On his own again after the gang's disintegration, following Combo's terrifying acts of violence, Shaun celebrates his last day of school, and the first of an uncertain future, by sharing an egg sandwich with his Mum. She wants him to get a job, school bully Flip wants him to help out with his love life, but all Shaun wants is a scooter - preferably one with his heart's desire Smell sitting on the back of it.
Elsewhere, it's the day of Woody and Lol's wedding, but all is not well on that front, and things aren't helped when Meggy has a sudden medical crisis. Lava lamps will fly, wreaths will be stolen, weddings will be missed and old desires will be rekindled...
The dawn chorus has nothing on a bunch of pissed-up mates on stolen golf buggies serenading old pal Shaun. He's now back in the fold, but the gang has some issues...
Gadget loves Kelly, but she doesn't love him. Woody and Milky love Lol, but she isn't sure who she loves. Things come to a head when Lol goes back home to find her dad Mick has returned to the bosom of his family.
Shaun, on the other hand, is having a great time; the World Cup is hotting up, he has friends and a new job in the VHS industry. However, his mum is shagging his new boss Sandhu, so he's not too happy about that! And Gadget gets a surprise when he meets Trudy's son Winston.
Shaun, having rejected his Mum, is living rough. Lol's world is falling apart and she's doing everything she can to fall apart with it. She doesn't want Milky or Woody, and she certainly doesn't want anything to do with her father.
A game of football down at the park descends into chaos along with the lives of the players. Gadget manages to dodge premature middle-age, while Meggy almost discovers the son he never knew about, and Milky chooses friendship over the love of his life.
Elsewhere, England thrash Poland with a Lineker hat trick, as Lol's dad Mick shows his true colours by doing something unspeakable to Kelly's best friend Trev. And Combo returns.
It isn't Fireworks Night, but there's an explosive atmosphere in the air. In Mexico, World Cup passions are at boiling point and a chance to settle old scores is missed.
Back home it's a different story - Woody and Lol get back together, leading Woody to believe he's now ready to marry the woman he loves. Shaun and Smell finally come together, while Combo gets a chance to do something truly heroic.
Pints will be drunk, a wedding will be planned, scooters will be ridden, a man will be killed; and lives will be changed.
This Is England synopsis
Shane Meadows' first ever television series revisits the characters from his multi-award-winning hit film, following the lives of Shaun, Lol, Woody and their gang of friends later in the 1980sEpisode Guide >