This is England making a comeback to CH4

Channel 4 have announced that This is England will return for a Christmas special.

Writer of the film and then later the television series, Shane Meadows, will continue the story two years on, in a two hour drama entitled This is England ’88.

The series was the highest rating original drama ever seen on Channel 4 and was the winner of Best Drama yesterday at the South Bank Awards, hosted by Melvin Bragg.

The Christmas episode will focus on the relationship between Woody and Lol and will be co-written by Jack Thorne.

Youngsters growing up in Thatcher’s Britain in the early 1980s

The original 2006 Film4 backed film follows a group of youngsters growing up in Thatcher’s Britain in the early 1980s and the ‘skin head’ era.

Channel 4 head of drama, Camilla Campbell, said that she was “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.”

Filming will begin in spring, with the episode hitting our screens at Christmas.

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