The film contains examples of:
- Fridge Brilliance: The actor who plays Combo is of mixed ethnic ancestry and, judging from the name, so is the character. This puts the conversation about black absentee fathers in a hell of a whole new light.
- Funny Moments: Lots.
- Heartwarming Moments: Woody buying Shaun the Ben Sherman shirt.
Shaun: I just wanted to say thanks. This has been the best day of my life.
- Jerkass Woobie: Shane Meadows mentions in the commentary that lots of people told him they felt sorry for Combo even though they didn't like him.
The miniseries provides examples of:
- Face–Heel Turn: Milky in the '86 and '90 miniseries. In '86, he and Lol have an affair, resulting in a daughter, and a period of estrangement with Woody. In '90, it is revealed that he allowed his family to arrange Combo's murder, though deeply regrets it when his relatives carry on with their plans from his 1983 hospitalization. While Milky was one of the more likable characters in the film, his actions in '86 and '90 caused a shift in fan opinion toward the character.
- Funny Moments: The fight between the skinheads and the biker again.
- Complete with Flip hamming it up with the immortal line "You are all standing in the danger zone!"
- Heel–Face Turn:
- Aside from being an Ascended Extra, film bully Harvey becomes part of the main gang in the miniseries, and is somehow friends with Shaun.
- Banjo changes from fearsome racist to one of the nicest members of the gang in the miniseries, quite possibly a result of Combo's leaving town making him see the light.
- Flip and Higgy in '90, though to a lesser extent.
- Nightmare Fuel: Mick, Lol's father - especially when he appears in Lol's visions/nightmares in '88 and '90.
- Tear Jerker: Lol's final confrontation with her father, followed by Combo's redemptive act when he stumbles upon the aftermath.
Combo: "Let me do a good thing..."
- And Lol and Combo's emotional conversation about everything in the following series.
- Kelly and Gadget's conversation at the end of the second episode of '90.
- The entire dinner scene in the third episode of '90.
- Woody and Combo's reunion, with both brought to tears.
- Combo and Milky's conversation in the finale, along with Combo being dragged off to his death, begging for his life.