Representing Post-War History: Our Friends in the North

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  • SS 13

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Course Description

This class makes an ambitious attempt: to study British post-war history with the help of Peter Flannery's epic television drama Our Friends in the North (1995). The series follows three men and a woman from Newcastle over the course of nine episodes, each of which is set in a specific year from 1964 to 1995. Partly based on real events and persons, the show vividly covers Britain's post-war political, cultural and social life via the intertwined life stories of the four protagonists, and –despite being fiction– thus is an excellent starting point to explore how Britain became what it is today.
We will discuss Flannery's original 1982 'history play', which served as the basis for the television adaptation, as well as the nine episodes from the television drama. Students are expected to consult various historical sources in order to prepare interactive presentations to accompany our discussion of the fictional texts.

Screenings of the nine 60-minute episodes will take place right after class, which is why the class runs until 6.30.

Course Dates and Room

  • Tue 16:00 - 18:30, R. 3.208 (Film Screening from 5:30 to 6:30).


Course requirements will be discussed in the first session.


Lehramtsstudiengänge Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften
  • BA LA: 103
  • MA LA:
  • B.A.ALK: Kern 2bc, 3bc Komp 2d
  • B.A.AS:
  • M.A.ALK:
  • M.A.AS:
  • LPO 2003:
    • GHR: 1e
    • GyGe: 1e, 4b
    • SP1. Fach: 1e
    • SP2. Fach:
    • BK: 1e, 4b
  • LPO 1994/2000: E1
  • LABG 2009:
    • G: 601
    • HRG: 403
    • GyGe/BK: 403
    • SP: