Boys from the Blackstuff - Season 1

BBC Two (ended 1982)


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Episode Guide


  • Jobs for the Boys
    Jobs for the Boys
    Episode 1
    The boys sign on at the D.H.S.S. and then collect George's son Snowy, on their way to an off-the-books construction job for Malloy. Much to their amusement, the conversion job turns out to be the future new offices of the D.H.S.S. Unfortunately, D.H.S.S. officials Moss and Lawton suspect their scam and are determined to catch them in the act. Ineptitude on several sides, however, leads to tragedy.moreless
  • Moonlighter
    Episode 2
    In desperation to feed and clothe his four children, Dixie takes an illicit job as a night security guard at the docks. He soon discovers that one man alone on a ship at night can do nothing but turn a blind eye to a gang of pilferers. However, if the missing goods are noticed, what will he tell his boss whose small security company is struggling to survive? Meanwhile, the petty bureaucrats at the D.H.S.S. launch an undercover operation, and Dixie's wife Freda is too frightened to open the front door.moreless
  • Shop Thy Neighbour
    Shop Thy Neighbour
    Episode 3
    Pending the outcome of the moonlighting enquiry, Chrissie's dole money has been stopped and this precipitates a showdown with his wife Angie. Meanwhile, at the D.H.S.S., middle management is completely out of control since the Manager Miss Sutcliffe, has more important things to worry about than running her department. As Chrissie and Angie's row reaches its climax, violence erupts.moreless
  • Yosser's Story
    Yosser's Story
    Episode 4
    Yosser reaches the end of the line as the utility men, rent collectors, and social workers invade his home. Why on earth doesn't he turn his three small children over to his estranged wife Maureen, rather than let them be taken into care?
  • George's Last Ride
    George's Last Ride
    Episode 5
    As George's health declines, his belief in the values of socialism remain unshaken. Chrissie takes him for one last tour of the now abandoned docks where he once worked. Whilst there they have what may well be the most important and heartfelt conversation of their long friendship.