Film: This Is England

This Is England is a 2006 British drama film written and directed by Shane Meadows. The story centres on young skinheads in England in 1983. The film illustrates that skinhead subculture, whose 1960s roots include elements of black culture, especially ska, soul and reggae music, became adopted by white nationalists, which led to divisions within the skinhead scene.

Two timeskipped Spin-Off Miniseries were produced for Channel Four. This is England '86 takes place three years later, with Shaun making amends and rejoining the skinheads, Lol's father returning and Combo's release. This is England '88 features Shaun in college and Lol raising a child.

The film contains examples of:

The miniseries provides examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Three characters from the film are mysteriously missing from the miniseries - Pukey, Kes and Pob (Milky's girlfriend). No explanation is given for their absence, although possibly justified considering the series takes place three years later and friends can come and go in that time.
    • Pukey and Kes are effectively replaced by Harvey, who was a minor schoolyard bully in the film and not a member of the skinheads.
  • Abusive Parents:
    • Lol's father is sexually abusive.
    • Harvey's father is shown briefly to be physically abusive.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Harvey, who had a very brief appearance in the film as a bully at Shaun's school, is now a fully-fledged member of the gang.
    • Flip, the hilarious leader of the biker gang in '86, had a "blink-and-you-miss-it" moment in the film as the boy who mocked Shaun's trousers outside Mister Sandhu's shop. In '90 he is more prominently featured in the cast, along with Higgy.
    • Trudy had a throwaway appearance as a shoe shopkeeper in a single scene of the film, the returns in the miniseries with a significantly expanded role, in which it's revealed that the shoe shop is just one of her many current *ahem*
  • Back for the Finale: Meggy, Banjo, Trudy, Kes and Pob all make brief silent cameos in the final episode of '90.
  • British Brevity: Four episodes in the first miniseries, three in the second, and four in the third.
  • Character Focus: Kelly receives a lot more focus in '90.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Meggy disappears in between the first two miniseries, and producer Mark Herbert tweeted that this is because he 'died taking a dump' off-screen in 1987. The canonicity of this is questionable, but as there is no mentioning of him whatsoever after the fact, fans have no choice but to take this as Word of God.
    • Although one could say that his appearance at the wedding party at the end of '90 debunks this.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Gadget and Kel have a wheelchair race in the hospital, not following any particular route, and it just so happens that the race reaches its climax in the exact same place where Lol and Kel's mum has just come in at the exact same time.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Gives Lol, Woody and Milky a lot more scrutiny.
  • Killed Off for Real: Combo in the final episode of '90.
  • Large Ham: Flip to a tee.
  • New Job Episode
  • Parent with New Paramour
  • Rape as Backstory: Lol, by her father.
  • Rape as Drama
  • Taking the Heat: Combo.
  • Those Two Guys: Flip and Higgy in '90.
  • Time Skip: Inverted with '86, as it's set three years after the film but the gap of time between filming the two was significantly longer! However, '86 was followed by '88, which as the name suggests is set two years later, but filmed and aired one year later. This looks to be repeated with '90.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Milky is revealed to be Lol's... 'til he gets lucky. He breaks it off when he realises Lol and Woody are the Official Couple.
  • The World Cup: Mexico '86 is in full swing.