Two teenagers, Icky and Billy, grow tired of their life in Liverpool and decide to run away to North Wales. But it's not long before their past catches up with them.






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Series cast summary:
David Morrissey ...  Billy Rizley 5 episodes, 1983
Spencer Leigh Spencer Leigh ...  Icky Higson 5 episodes, 1983
James Hazeldine ...  Kidder 4 episodes, 1983
Ian Hart ...  Rabbit 3 episodes, 1983
Matthew Grey Matthew Grey ...  Terry 3 episodes, 1983
John Shackley John Shackley ...  Kid 1 3 episodes, 1983
Michael Lannigan Michael Lannigan ...  Collins 3 episodes, 1983
Jane West Jane West ...  Jo 2 episodes, 1983
John Cording ...  George 2 episodes, 1983
Susie Johns Susie Johns ...  Irene 2 episodes, 1983
Peter Doran Peter Doran ...  Tyson 2 episodes, 1983
Ken Sharrock Ken Sharrock ...  Liverpool Cop 2 episodes, 1983
Sion Tudor Owen ...  Griffiths 2 episodes, 1983
Tommy Ryan Tommy Ryan ...  Frampton 2 episodes, 1983
Michael Hughes Michael Hughes ...  Dickson 2 episodes, 1983
Jon Paul Morgan Jon Paul Morgan ...  Swanjack Leader 2 episodes, 1983
Phil Kernot Phil Kernot ...  Guard 1 / ... 2 episodes, 1983
Con O'Neill ...  Jackson 2 episodes, 1983
Paul Codman Paul Codman ...  Swanjack Knifer 2 episodes, 1983
Paul Murray Paul Murray ...  Simmonds 2 episodes, 1983
Peter Wild Peter Wild ...  Bryant 2 episodes, 1983


Two teenagers, Icky and Billy, grow tired of their life in Liverpool and decide to run away to North Wales. But it's not long before their past catches up with them.

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7 August 1983 (UK) See more »

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(5 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Screenwriter Willy Russell had a major disagreement with the producers, mainly because he objected to the casting of David Morrissey and Spencer Leigh whom he thought looked too mature for the roles of 16 year olds Billy and Icky, and so he insisted that his name be removed from the credits. However, when the series was repeated in 1985, Russell's name was restored in the credits. See more »


Referenced in One Summer Interviews Featurette (2006) See more »

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Coming of age
8 October 2005 | by jonathan123-1See all my reviews

One Summer was one of the best TV drama's I had the pleasure of watching. As a Young 1980's teenager lad myself, I felt empathy for the characters. Going to school, summer camp, peer problems, teenage angst. I had it, they had it. Their problems were mine. (albeit without their violent moments and the illiteracy). I saw the series twice in full. Once in 1983 when it first aired, then again the following year. Alas, I never saw it again, and since reaching adulthood, I have been trying to find it. Partly I think to relive my youth, but also to recapture the emotional feelings it left me with. The humour, sadness and the graphic images live with me to this day. Tattooed into my memory bank, never to be erased. Dramas of this calibre do not come along too often. Some come and go without a second thought. Not this one. This was wonderful in its writing and acting. Why it has never been shown again (to my knowledge), remains a mystery. This would be a repeat I'd watch again and again.

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