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Sex, Chips & Rock n' Roll 

Ellie and Arden Brooks seem to be destined to play out their lives behind a Manchester chip shop counter. Mercilessly put down by their strict grandmother, the swinging sixties have yet to ... See full summary »






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Series cast summary:
Gillian Kearney ...  Ellie 6 episodes, 1999
Joe McFadden ...  Dallas 6 episodes, 1999
Emma Cooke ...  Arden 6 episodes, 1999
David Threlfall ...  Norman 6 episodes, 1999
James Callis ...  The Wolf 6 episodes, 1999
Sue Johnston ...  Irma 6 episodes, 1999
Julian Kerridge Julian Kerridge ...  Tex 6 episodes, 1999
Phil Daniels ...  Larry 6 episodes, 1999
Nicholas Farrell ...  Howard 6 episodes, 1999
Jim Hooper ...  Clifford 4 episodes, 1999
Michelle Abrahams Michelle Abrahams ...  Hayley 3 episodes, 1999
Dermot Kerrigan Dermot Kerrigan ...  Shane 2 episodes, 1999


Ellie and Arden Brooks seem to be destined to play out their lives behind a Manchester chip shop counter. Mercilessly put down by their strict grandmother, the swinging sixties have yet to impact upon their fun-starved, sexually repressed lives. But it's 1965 and times are changing - fast! From the depths of the Excelsior Ballroom, Dallas McCabe and the Ice Cubes are about to release their own brand of rock n' roll on an unsuspecting world - and their fatal charms on the sisters Written by fmtoorawa

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5 September 1999 (UK) See more »

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Excellent Series
9 August 2000 | by trudy.keenanSee all my reviews

This recently played on TV and my friend and I were totally hooked every Friday night watching it. Of course when the series ended we both HAD to get the video!

The story is set in England in 1965 and two twin sisters (who not only look nothing alike are totally different people) are finishing school. Living with their father and Grandmother who raised them, their life has been planned out for them by the domineering Grandmother "Mother Brooks", a bitter woman disappointed at life (you have to wait until the end to find the true reason). However, when a trio of musicians come to town, life as mapped out for the girls takes a different turn ....

I cannot really praise the acting enough in this series. Having seen Sue Johnston, who played Mother Brooks, in other productions, she was marvellous as an older woman. The casting of Gillian Kearney as Eloise was also inspiring. David Thelfall as Norman, truly gave me the creeps, in so far as when I recently saw him in another movie my skin crawled.

This is a really good miniseries (as only the BBC can do!) that certainly kept me hooked and I hope they do a follow up.

If you are a fan of sixties music there is the added bonus of the music.

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