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Shane Meadows hints at This Is England 90 as final act

Stephen Graham in This Is England

Story by Jack Foley

SHANE Meadows has hinted that next year’s This Is England 90 could be the final act.

In an interview with Digital Spy, the director was asked whether ‘90 would be the last series and replied: “Yeah, hopefully. I say hopefully because I don’t want to end up ruining it, but I love the cast. It’s really hard to put down when you have so much fun doing something, so I hope I don’t push it too far and I hope ’90 is maybe a full stop, but I daren’t say forever.”

The director first introduced us to the various characters of This Is England with a film version in 2006 set amid the era of skinheads. The critical acclaim and fan adulation surrounding it prompted Meadows to explore the characters further in two Channel 4 TV series, This Is England ’86 in 2010 and This Is England ’88 in 2011.

He always intended to do This Is England 90 but halted work on the project to concentrate on another passion project, The Stone Roses – Made of Stone, which is just being released in cinemas,

Now, though, he’s concentrating on This Is England and has already revealed that the new series will air in 2014. And when asked what to expect story-wise and who the episodes will focus on, he replied: “The younger members of the crew, it becomes their time.

“Obviously Woody (Joseph Gilgun), Milky (Andrew Shim) and Lol (Vicky McClure) were the genuine skinheads – and Combo (Stephen Graham) – the others attached themselves to it.

“So, in This Is England ’90 it becomes about Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) and Kelly (Chanel Cresswell) and Trev (Danielle Watson) and Gadget (Andrew Ellis) actually getting into the Roses and getting into that scene and going clubbing and going raving and all of that.”

He also revealed that Combo will come out of prison and starts working in the community, thereby furthering the rehabilitation of his character, while Woody and Milky set up a scooter shop.

There will also be more scope for past wounds to be healed and friendships to be re-formed.

“Everyone starts to do slightly separate things, but it’s still got that beautiful unity that the others have all had,” he continued.

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