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ScreenPlay: Needle


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Danny and Paula are a young married couple with a baby. They are moving up in the world, leaving their high-rise for a house of their own. The future of their marriage is threatened by only one thing - Danny is a heroin addict.
Written by Jimmy McGovern Producer George Faber
Director Gillies MacKinnon


Written By: Jimmy McGovern
Producer: George Faber
Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Danny: Sean McKee
Paula: Emma Bird
Paula's father: Pete Postlethwaite
Council leader: Anna Keaveney
Chief constable: John Bennett
Drugs counsellor: Paul Barber
John: Gary Mavers
Viaduct boy: Stephen Walters
Bent detective: Arthur Kelly
Chief vigilante: Andrew Schofield
Charlie: John Conteh
Radio reporter: Carleen Ann Lundon
Shop steward: Thomas Branch
Pete: Paul Broughton
Jack: Timothy Barlow
Captain's mate: Vincent Maguire
Old woman: Ina Clough
Man at meeting: Chris Darwin

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