Alan Bleasdale is a fantastic writer. My all-time favourite play of his has GOT to be BOYS FROM THE BLACKSTUFF, in which the memorable character of Yosser Hughes - played so brilliantly by Bernard Hill - coined he classic phrase "Gizza job!".
I first watched this great series back in the Winter of 1982, and was utterly captivated and gobsmacked by its mixture of tragedy (mass unemployment, George's death etc.), realism and humour. I could not remember having enjoyed such a brilliant TV series in a long time, and I am proud to say that I now have this classic series on DVD.
Yes, Alan Bleasdale certainly did a fantastic job here!