Seminal, angry, funny, despairing, politicised drama from the pen of Alan Bleasdale. A group of men are gradually stripped of their dignity, hope and even in one case family by the unending oppression of unemployment. Despite the grim outline, this is deeply compassionate, and frequently comical drama, with absolutely superb performances.
* 3 discs
* The Black Stuff (Play for Today) with commentary from Director & Alan Bleasdale.
Julie Walters, Bernard Hill, Tom Georgeson, Michael Angelis
Five episodes of the now-classic series, which portrays the bleak atmosphere of Liverpool in the 80's are contained in this program.
Jobs for the Boys: Chrissie assembling of an unofficial building gang leads to a tragic raid by the fraud squad.
Moonlighter: Former foreman Dixie, is working illicitly on the docks when he uncovers shady dealings he'd rather not be privy to.
Shop Thy Neighbor: Chrissie's dole money is cut off after his moonlighting is discovered. He then must deal with his wife, Angie.
Yosser's Story: Yosser dreams are dashed as he manicly searches for work while trying to avoid eviction and hold onto his three kids.
George's Last Ride: Chrissie uncovers a secret about George after George passes away.