The Street (British TV series)

The Street is a British drama television series created by Jimmy McGovern and produced by Granada Television for the BBC. The series follows the lives of various residents of an unnamed street in Manchester and features an all-star cast including Timothy Spall, Jim Broadbent, Jane Horrocks, Bob Hoskins, and David Thewlis.

The Street
The Street title sequence
Created byJimmy McGovern
Written byJimmy McGovern
Danny Brocklehurst
Marc Pye
Alice Nutter
Directed byDavid Blair
  • Robert Lane (Series 1)
  • John Lunn (Series 2)
  • Adrian Johnston (Series 3)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series3
No. of episodes18 (list of episodes)
Executive producersJimmy McGovern
Sita Williams
  • Ken Horn (Series 1)
  • John Chapman (Series 2)
  • Matthew Bird (Series 3)
Running time60 minutes
Original networkBBC One
Picture format576i (PAL)
Audio formatStereo
Original release13 April 2006 (2006-04-13) 
17 August 2009 (2009-08-17)

The Street won both the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series and RTS Television Award for Drama Series twice, in 2007 and 2008.[1][2] It also won two International Emmy Awards in November 2007 for Best Drama and Best Actor (Jim Broadbent).[3] The second series was nominated for the Best Drama prize at the 2008 Rose d'Or ceremony. Though it did not win, it received Special Mention from the jury.[4] In November 2010, the third series won the International Emmy Award for Best Drama and Best Actor (Bob Hoskins).

The third series began airing on 13 July 2009 and concluded on 17 August 2009. This was the final series to be made due to cutbacks at ITV Studios in Manchester (ITV produced the series, although it is shown by the BBC).[5]

The filming location was Rock Street, Higher Broughton in Salford.


The McEvoys are the only family to appear in more than one series, with Timothy Spall and Ger Ryan reprising the roles of Eddie and Margie for at least one episode per series.


Series 1 (2006)

No. Title Directed by Written by Ratings (in millions)[6]
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Original airdate
1 "The Accident"David BlairJimmy McGovern5.6713 April 2006 (2006-04-13)
Married mother of three Angela Quinn (Jane Horrocks) decides to spice up her life by embarking on an affair with one of her neighbours. But when someone is run down in a car accident, the residents are forced to take a close look at their own lives.
2 "Stan"David BlairJimmy McGovern5.4720 April 2006 (2006-04-20)
When Stan (Jim Broadbent) approaches 65, he is forced to retire. Tired of living a pensioners' lifestyle, in an attempt to get his pension to pay out to his wife Brenda (Sue Johnston), he decides to commit suicide.
3 "The Flasher"Terry McDonoughMarc Pye4.4027 April 2006 (2006-04-27)
Brian (Neil Dudgeon) is accused of flashing in the local park. When the news begins to spread around the school where he works, pupils start making malicious accusations. Under pressure from the local community, Brian's wife Ann (Lindsey Coulson) starts to disbelieve him.
4 "Football"Terry McDonoughAlan Field3.744 May 2006 (2006-05-04)
When Billy (Jody Latham) steals a pair of trainers, he is sacked from the local football club where he works. As his behaviour starts on a downward spiral, he is then tempted into the lucrative life of drug dealing.
5 "Asylum"David BlairJames Quirk4.5411 May 2006 (2006-05-11)
Eddie (Timothy Spall) takes a non-English speaking asylum seeker on a fare and, after failing to find somewhere to drop him off, he invites him to stay at his house. This causes tension between him and his wife, Margi (Ger Ryan), driving her to leave him. In her absence, the two forge an unlikely friendship.
6 "Sean & Yvonne"David BlairArthur EllisonTBA18 May 2006 (2006-05-18)
Sean (Lee Ingleby) and Yvonne (Christine Bottomley) have an unhappy marriage. Sean regularly loses his temper and beats up Yvonne. She finds the strength to leave him, changing the locks while he's out, but the strain proves too much for Yvonne's mum, Mary (Ruth McCabe), so Yvonne and sister Kerry (Joanne Froggatt) take revenge.

Series 2 (2007)

No. Title Directed by Written by Ratings (in millions)[6]
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Original airdate
1 "Twin"Terry McDonoughArthur Ellison5.388 November 2007 (2007-11-08)
Joe Jennerson (David Thewlis) envies his identical twin brother, Harry. His sibling has the freedom of a comfortable bachelor lifestyle, funded by a generous army pension, while Joe is in a dead-end job, with no money, squabbling children, a live-in mother, Maggie (June Watson), and a wife, Mary (Bronagh Gallagher), who he thinks has fallen out of love with him. As the brothers watch a football match on television one evening, Harry chokes on a sweet and loses consciousness. As Joe waits for the ambulance to arrive, he realises that the chance of a lifetime is staring him in the face, and swaps clothes, taking on the identity of Harry. The assumed body of Joe is presumed dead at the hospital, while the real Joe is left comforting his wife, Mary, under the pretense that he is her brother-in-law.
2 "Old Flame"David BlairAndy Lynch4.9515 November 2007 (2007-11-15)
Eddie (Timothy Spall) meets old friend Bob Hewitt (Matthew Marsh) and finds he is married to his own first love, Pat (Kim Thomson). Accepting Bob's invitation to a charity event, Eddie is out to impress Pat. Eddie's wife, Margie (Ger Ryan) discovers a lump on her breast and cancels her evening out, but Eddie is in no state to recognise her trauma.
3 "Demolition"Terry McDonoughJimmy McGovern & Danny BrocklehurstTBA22 November 2007 (2007-11-22)
Demolition man Charlie (Vincent Regan) works away from home, leaving wife Roz (Julia Ford) at home with their teenage children Luke and Leah. At the end of a gruelling day, the crew get drunk, before Charlie retires to the room he is sharing with fellow worker Tom (Will Mellor), but Charlie is taken aback by Tom's actions.
4 "Taxi"Terry McDonoughRoy BoulterTBA29 November 2007 (2007-11-29)
After a pub crawl, cousins Gary (Kieran Bew) and Ian (Matt Smith) become involved in an altercation with a taxi driver. Ian stays to help the injured cabbie, but Gary runs away before he is caught. As other cab drivers arrive at the scene, they assume Ian must be guilty and he is eventually arrested. Jan (Gina McKee), Gary's mum, suspects her son isn't as innocent as he claims – but how far will she go to protect him?
5 "The Letter"Terry McDonoughAlice Nutter5.266 December 2007 (2007-12-06)
For postman Wayne (Mark Benton), life on the street has been less than kind recently. His wife Val (Melanie Hill) has left him, taking their two sons and the dog; his back is deteriorating, which makes his postal round harder by the day; and he has no money. A potentially good night out speed-dating is ruined when Wayne takes a shine to Rachel, who has a stammer that Wayne seems incapable of being sympathetic about. Now at his lowest ebb, Wayne thinks his problems could be solved if only he could have a new start, somewhere nice and hot, like Greece. With a newfound determination, Wayne adopts a new approach to his work whereby he opens the mail that is addressed to the wealthier parts of the neighbourhood and removes any cash, before delivering the rest. Meanwhile, 15-year-old illiterate truant Damien (Michael Taylor) has been watching Wayne closely and confronts him. Not wanting to lose his job, Wayne suggests that Damien help him with the heavy work. Damien takes the opportunity to earn some money whilst learning how to read.
6 "The Promise"David BlairJimmy McGovernTBA13 December 2007 (2007-12-13)
Paul (Toby Kebbell) strikes up a relationship with a local girl, but eventually drives her away when he mentions that he has a terrible secret. After catching sight of a woman one night, Paul runs home to consume a cocktail of whiskey and paracetamols, but when she follows him home, it begins a journey to his redemption – and their reconciliation.

Series 3 (2009)

No. Title Directed by Written by[7] Ratings (in millions)[6]
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Original airdate
1 "Smoke"David BlairJimmy McGovern5.6513 July 2009 (2009-07-13)
Paddy (Bob Hoskins), landlord of the Greyhound pub, bans hoodlum Callum Miller for smoking on the premises. This antagonises the boy's father, Tom (Liam Cunningham), who has a violent reputation. He threatens to harm Paddy if the ban is not lifted by the next afternoon. But when Paddy tries to rally support from the other locals, he finds it difficult to find anybody who is prepared to stand up to him.
2 "Meet the Parents"Terry McDonoughJan McVerry5.7420 July 2009 (2009-07-20)
Dee (Anna Friel) is a single mother with two children, facing endless financial hardship and having to work two jobs to make ends meet. Mark (Daniel Mays) is a plumber, also a single parent, who comes out to fix Dee's heating system. When they date, he introduces her to his parents, Nessa and Joe. Though Nessa welcomes Dee, Joe is less welcoming, as he knows Dee secretly works as a prostitute at a strip club – as he has been one of her clients.
3 "Scar"Terry McDonoughEsther Wilson4.9127 July 2009 (2009-07-27)
After a Muslim suicide bomber attack whilst on duty in Afghanistan, soldier Nick (Jonas Armstrong) returns home with half of his face terribly scarred. His family and schoolteacher girlfriend Gemma (Emily Beecham) are horrified, but try to act normally for his sake. Nick, however, cannot cope with the situation or come to terms with the horror that he went through. Following a row with Gemma, he tries to kill himself by deliberately stepping in front of a taxi – the driver of which happens to be a Muslim.
4 "The Hero"David BlairPeter Lloyd4.703 August 2009 (2009-08-03)
Kieran (Joseph Mawle) resents all foreigners. He abuses Polish bus drivers, barks at the African staff in the kitchen where he is head chef, and walks out of a blind date with a black woman. He then becomes a local hero when he takes the credit for saving a seven-year-old Polish girl from a house fire. This in turn leads him into a romantic relationship with the girl's mother, Olenka (Julia Krynke), a Polish immigrant. He, however, finds it difficult to tell her that her daughter's real saviour was Duffy (Steve Marsh), his good friend who dare not take credit for the act of heroism as he is claiming Invalidity Benefit.
5 "Past Life"David BlairJimmy McGovern & Anthony Gannie4.5510 August 2009 (2009-08-10)
Shay (Stephen Graham) is the alcoholic manager of a betting shop. One day, ex-girlfriend Madeleine (Maxine Peake) turns up out of the blue to tell him he has a 16-year-old son, Otto, who wants to see him. Shay is elated that his empty life may finally have some meaning, until he discovers that Otto has Down's syndrome. After initially rejecting him, Shay then tries to be a good father to the son he never knew – but his alcoholism costs him his job, then his home, and then even Otto himself.
6 "Loss of Control"David BlairJimmy McGovern & Andy Lynch4.8817 August 2009 (2009-08-17)
Eddie (Timothy Spall) is annoyed when wife Margie (Ger Ryan) opts to spend time with her abusive father after he has suffered a stroke, leaving him and his young son at home. Having lost his driving licence, he now works on the phones at Alpha-Zero Cabs, along with lonely Sandra (Ruth Jones). The two of them grow closer and end up in bed together, unfortunately on a night when Margie returns home early. Unable to live with the guilt, Eddie confesses all to Margie – which leads to tragic consequences.


The Street was critically applauded during its three-year run. TV critic Nancy-Banks Smith writing for The Guardian praised "The Promise" episode from Series 2: "Everyone involved seems to have appreciated the little gem they had here. Jodhi May, acting half the time with only half her face, was almost too powerful for peace of mind. David Blair directed like a particularly gifted spider, filling the screen with holes, cracks, doorways, windows...This, the last and best play in The Street series, must have been as painful and exhilarating to write as it was to watch. I wouldn't say it was plausible. I'd say poetic."[8]


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