By Emily Borrett.
Everybody’s favourite skinheads have returned to our screen for This Is England ’86, a four-part drama that follows up from Shane Meadows’ iconic British feature film This Is England. For those of you that haven’t seen it, This Is England is a social commentary on the skinhead culture that was steadily developing in early 1980s, Thatcherite England. The film follows a troubled young boy called Shaun as he finds friends and acceptance within a group of older skinheads, is heavily influenced by older members of the group with extreme political and racist views, and eventually finds himself incredibly disillusioned with the whole thing altogether. Sounds all like a bit of a downer, but with an irresistible ska sound-track and super-sharp working-class style, it’s a bit of a must see.
Channel Four’s This Is England ’86 catches up with Shaun, Woody and the others a couple of years down the line. Shaun’s lost touch with the others and switched his Doc Martens for a school uniform, but his old group of friends’ outfits just get better and better. Braces and turned-up jeans have been swapped for ultra-sharp, 1960s inspired suits in the case of characters Woody and Milky, whilst Woody’s sweetheart Lol’s skin-girl style has taken on a new grown-up look. Instead of number one shaves, braces and rat’s tails, think classic British style – cropped hair, Fred Perry, crisp shirts in ginghams and checks, Doc Martens and 60s-style pea coats are essential to nailing this look.