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Alan Bleasdale's Scully stories
Andrew Schofield in Scully
Andrew Schofield (centre) with Jane Freeman and Stan Stennett

Liverpool writer Alan Bleasdale began his career writing short stories for local radio on BBC Radio Merseyside.

The Scully stories, Bleasdale's first broadcast work were aired as part of the station's First Heard programme in the early 1970s.

Bleasdale went on to write a stage play, novels and a 1978 BBC television play Scully's New Year's Eve in which Andrew Schofield played the lead role.

Schofield would play Scully again in a 1984 Channel Four series.

In the meantime Alan Bleasdale had enjoyed significant success with Boys From The Blackstuff which when screened as a series on BBC2 in 1982 proved so popular that was quickly repeated on BBC1.

Scully was a 15 year old Scouser called Francis or Franny Scully whose adventures where set against the working class background in which he lived.

Boys From The Blackstuff was shown at a time when three million people were unemployed and reflected a national experience of working class communities.

The characters had already appeared in a BBC Play For Today which was shown in 1980, although actually shot two years previously.

After working on Scully for Channel Four, Alan Bleasdale wrote a controversial four part series for BBC One about a First World War called The Monocled Mutineer.

In 1991 Alan Bleasdale wrote GBH for Channel Four a seven part serial about the takeover of a northern city by political extremists, said by many to based on the Militant movement in Liverpool.

The programme starred Robert Lindsay and Michael Palin.

In the late 1990's Bleasdale worked on the adaptation of two novels for television Oliver Twist for ITV and Melissa for Channel Four.


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