Award-winning UK drama returns to Swedish TV

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The critically acclaimed UK drama mini-series, This is England '90, airs on Swedish television next week. It's the final season of Shane Meadows' series, which began almost a decade ago, featuring working class friends Lol, Woody, Gadget, Milky and Shaun. Radio Sweden met the actors playing Shaun and Milky when they were in Sweden for the Stockholm Film Festival.

Shane Meadows' award-winning drama began as a successful film in 1986, telling the story of his childhood growing up in a working class community in Staffordshire in 1983. It was a time when being a skinhead shifted from a love of reggae music to the darker, racist identity with the National Front. 

Shane Meadows' 11-year-old self, Shaun, was played in the film by Thomas Turgoose, a 13-year-old tearaway from Grimsby with no acting experience. He lost his mother to cancer shortly after filming, an experience, he said, which brought the cast closer together.

The character Shaun and his friends, Woody, Lol, Gadget and Milky, reappeared in 2008, in the TV mini series This England '86. Its success led to another series, This is England '88, with the gang moving into young adulthood.

All four episodes from the new and final series, This is England '90, will air on C More series on December 1.

This is England '90 was recently shown at the Stockholm International Film Festival. The 26th festival screened over 200 films from 60 countries and had over 140 000 visitors. The Best Film prize went to Norwegian director Joachim Trier for his movie, Louder Than Bombs.  László Nemes won Best director for Son of Saul.

Radio Sweden caught up with This is England actors Andrew Shim and Thomas Turgoose, who play Milky and Shaun.