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This Is England to get TV spin-off

This Is England

Story by Jack Foley

SHANE Meadows is to make his small screen debut with a drama spin-off based on his critically-acclaimed 2006 movie This Is England.

We Were Faces will revisit the principal characters from that film four years on as Shaun is finishing his school exams and preparing to find his way in the world.

The four-part series has been commissioned by Channel 4 as part of a £20 million revamp and a renewed commitment to quality drama. It is one of several projects planned for the new look channel in the wake of its decision to axe Big Brother.

According to Meadows, most of the original cast members of This Is England will return for the TV mini-series, including – most notably – young Thomas Turgoose as Shaun.

The follow-up has been co-written by Meadows with Jack Thorne (Skins) and is due to go before the cameras next Spring.

This Is England followed the fortunes of a 12-year-old boy named Shaun (Turgoose) who falls in with a gang of skinheads in the summer of 1983, while coming to terms with the death of his father in the Falklands campaign.

It also featured a mesmerising performance from Stephen Graham.

Other new dramas headed our way as part of the Channel 4 revamp include an adaptation of William Boyd’s best-seller Any Human Heart and a four part drama called Homeland that’s been written and directed by multi-award-winning Peter Kosminsky.