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The Black Stuff


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by Alan Bleasdale
Liverpool v Middlesbrough - a Merseyside tarmac gang are away on a contract on Teesside - without the boss there's a chance for some local diversion with the natives while keeping up the spirit of free enterprise, preferably on the firm's time.
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Writer: Alan Bleasdale
Designer: Chris Edwards
Film Editor: Mike Hall
Film Cameraman: David Jackson
Script Editor: Michael Wearing
Producer: David Rose
Director: Jim Goddard
Chrissy: Michael Angelis
Dixie: Tom Georgeson
Loggo: Alan Igbon
Kev: Gary Bleasdale
George: Peter Kerrigan
Yosser: Bernard Hill
Maureen: Jean Warren
Student: Janine Duvitski
Clerk of works: Edward Peel
McKenna: David Calder
Doris: Valerie Lilley
Brendan: Sean Lynch
Dominic: Alan Lake
Masseuse: Lois Baxter
Lorry driver: Michael Wardle
Bank manager: David Theakston
Bank clerk: Derry Jordan
Hotel manageress: Juliet Cooke
Businessman: Neville Wright
First Irishman: Adrian Nolan
Second Irishman: Brendan McIlduff
Girl in house: Kathryn Apanowicz
Service station lady: Georgina Smith
Shop assistant: Alison Ambler
Farmer: Ralph Hawkes

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