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Shane Meadows On Shane Meadows
The director of This Is England '86 takes us through his filmography

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One of Britain’s finest working directors, Shane Meadows has crafted a distinctive niche telling personal stories embued with wit, warmth and the odd gas mask-wearing vigilante. His CV now boasts its first TV project, a four-part serialised sequel to This Is England, picking up with the much loved Woody, Lol, Shaun, Milky and co three years later in the midst of 1986 World Cup fever. Down at the BFI to talk This Is England ’86, the ever-friendly Meadows took time to look back over his filmography with us and share a tale or two.

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This Is England '86

"When I started on This Is England ‘86 the main worry was TV spin-offs that had happened before. I couldn't think of one that’s worked. Without naming names, when I looked at the ones that had happened, the original creative team, the nucleus that made something great, tend not to have had a hand in it – they either pass it off or put themselves in as an exec. I said from the beginning that if I’m going to do This Is England for TV, I’m not going to disrespect the characters by saying, 'These people I knew, you have ‘em.' It was always about my life and the people I grew up with, so I’m going to at least write it and I want to direct as well. In fact, there was potential that I may have directed the whole series [Meadows directs two episodes, The Scouting Book For Boys' Tom Harper the other two]. But there had to be a new angle, a new story..."

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