The Best Episodes of This Is England

'88 - Episode 3

#1 - '88 - Episode 3 8.73

Season 2 - Episode 3

Renowned filmmaker Shane Meadows follows up the explosive award-winning This Is England '86 with three new one-hour films. In the third and final film, it's Christmas Day; Shaun's messed up big style this time and it's hit him hard. The gang is getting merry until they bump head first into Woody and Jennifer. It's the first time Woody and Milky have seen each other since... punches fly, it's messy. Things are coming to a head for Lol too; she's not coping and is struggling to find any kind of peace. It's gotta get worse before it gets better. This is Christmas, This is England '88.

Directors: Shane Meadows
'86 - Episode 4

#2 - '86 - Episode 4 8.33

Season 1 - Episode 4

After waking, Combo informs Shaun and Smell that his mother is dying. Shaun takes him to see his mother, but when they get there they discover she has already died. Combo says goodbye to his mother's body.

Directors: Shane Meadows
'86 - Episode 3

#3 - '86 - Episode 3 8.12

Season 1 - Episode 3

Shaun faces life on the streets after he rejects his mother, and Lol's troubles are compounded when her father Mick reveals his true colours. Meanwhile, a game of football at the park descends into chaos, Meggy comes close to meeting the son he never knew he had, and a familiar face returns to the fold.

Directors: Shane Meadows
'88 - Episode 2

#4 - '88 - Episode 2 8.05

Season 2 - Episode 2

Renowned filmmaker Shane Meadows follows up the explosive award-winning This Is England '86 with three new one-hour films. In film two, it's Christmas Eve and there's a decision to make. Woody's been offered a promotion at work - fast-track up the management ladder or motorway to mediocrity, depends on how you look at it. Lol's crying out for help. She pays a visit to Combo in prison. Shaun takes centre stage for his acting debut. In true style the gang all attend, well, all apart from Woody. Smell's suspicions are heightened when she walks in on Shaun and Fay's intimate rehearsals backstage. There's an after-show party. 'Tis the season to be jolly, but is it all going to end in tears?

Directors: Shane Meadows
'88 - Episode 1

#5 - '88 - Episode 1 8.02

Season 2 - Episode 1

Renowned filmmaker Shane Meadows follows up the award-winning This Is England '86 with three new one-hour films. Shown over three consecutive nights This Is England '88 sees Meadows picks up the action in the Christmas of 1988 as Lol struggles to cope with what life has thrown at her. Haunted by the devastating events that took place 18 months previously, she finds her reserves of strength ebbing away. With her soul mate Woody, heartbroken from her betrayal and in self-imposed exile from the gang, Lol becomes increasingly isolated and alone. In the first film it's December 23 and life isn't looking so festive for some. Lol is struggling to cope with new responsibilities and past haunts. Smell and Shaun are still together, just about. Shaun's gone all lothario attending drama college, preparing for the Christmas play with new girl in town, Fay. And Woody has a new girlfriend, the lovely Jennifer. Lovely, but no Lol - the polar opposite to Lol. Milky returns from some time away, but what reception will he get?

Directors: Shane Meadows
'86 - Episode 2

#6 - '86 - Episode 2 7.85

Season 1 - Episode 2

With Shaun firmly back with his old gang, life appears good, but trouble brews among his friends. With Milky and Woody competing for her affections, Lol returns home to find her father has resurfaced. Meanwhile, Gadget harbours an unrequited love for Kelly, and Cynth continues to pursue a relationship with Mr Sandhu, much to her son's distaste.

Directors: Tom Harper
'86 - Episode 1

#7 - '86 - Episode 1 7.83

Season 1 - Episode 1

Shaun is about to leave school and enter the adult world. All he wants to do is enjoy his freedom while he still can, but his mother and the local bullies have other ideas. Meanwhile, Woody and Lol nervously anticipate their wedding, but one of them is getting cold feet - before a medical emergency places the big day in jeopardy.

Directors: Tom Harper